Thursday, May 3, 2007

orange, honey and pistacho tart

a while ago, three flavors were bouncing around in my head.
orange, honey, pistachio. orange, honey, pistachio. orange, honey, pistachio.

after mulling things over for a while, this is what developed.
it's cool, juicy, and refreshing with a crispy, rich crust. a yummy summer dessert.

orange, honey and pistachio tart

tart crust:
1/4 cup pistachios
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup butter, cold & cut into small pieces
1/3 c sugar

mascarpone filling:
8 oz. mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 tbs honey
2 tsp orange zest
2 tbs orange juice

segments from 6 oranges


1/4 c orange marmalade (clear variety)

2 tbs honey

1/8 c pistachios, roughly chopped

preheat oven to 350 degrees. put pistachios in the food processor, and run until finely ground. add remaining tart crust ingredients and blend until moist crumbs form. place in tart pan and press dough evenly into pan. freeze crust for about 15 minutes.
pierce crust with a fork and bake for 25 minutes.

cut oranges into segments and set aside.
blend ingredients for mascarpone filling with a spatula in a metal bowl and set aside.

when crust is golden, remove from oven and allow to completely cool.

take a break, and enjoy a pom pomegranate lychee green tea. i love that stuff.

when crust is cool, spread mascarpone filling evenly and arrange orange segments on filling. heat marmalade and honey over low heat until smooth and liquid. brush over orange segments and garnish with chopped pistachios.
chill for at least one hour before serving.

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