Rhubarb and Ricotta Tart

January 9, 2011

Do you recall my last post, where I shared my list of food fears? Gee it felt good to get that out in the open, and thank you for all being so supportive and encouraging! I feel very inspired to get into the kitchen and try the foods on my list.

So I just had to let you know that I recently confronted one of my fears. And I can’t seem to wipe the grin off my face…

I made pastry. Oh yes, yes I did. And I loved every minute of it.

I made a rhubarb and ricotta tart, specifically. The pastry recipe was fail-proof – Maggie Beer’s sour cream pastry. Yet that didn’t stop me from walking around with my chest puffed up in pride for hours after I baked. And boy did I guard this tart like it was my child – my family can atest to that. It was my first born pie, after all.

The tart is a recipe from Guy Mirabella, who creates beautiful Sicilian food, linking strongly to his family’s roots. His café in Mt Eliza, Shop Ate, is a favourite spot for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. I adore his cookbook, Eat Ate, especially the pasta dishes and Rosa’s Almond Biscotti. This recipe is from that book (recipe link).

During each of the many times I flicked through this lovely cookbook, I always looked longingly at page 62, and would sigh as I pushed it into the ‘too difficult’ corner of my mind. How could I have been so silly and scared for so long? I feel as though I am seeing the world in a whole new light. I did it, I made pastry. And it wasn’t too hard… it was fabulous.

Those of you who also stated you are scared of pastry, don’t be! I did it and so can you. Why not start off with this recipe? It really is deliciously simple and delightful.

I adore rhubarb

I warned Ben, as the tart was cooling, that he would be eating a lot more tarts and pies in the future. He said he was fine with this. And I am too.

When did I make this lovely tart? It was two Sundays ago, in the afternoon, just before I had a few friends over for dinner. My parent’s were amazing, as per usual, and offered up their house in Red Hill as a venue – my apartment allows for maximum 5.5 people, which is not so conducive to dinner parties. A dear friend was down visiting family in Red Hill from Canberra with her beautiful little boy, and it was the first time in a over year that a lot of us had all been together (apart from Skype dates). It was so so lovely to be together, catching up over good food and wine.

We had the woodfired oven roaring outside, and we talked and played with the baby as we sipped homemade lemonade.

We used lemons, orange and a hint of lime for a real citrus mix (recipe link).

We sat outside, and feasted on caprese salad and pizza. Long, lazy dinners with friends in the Summertime…what could be better?

For dessert we had cantaloupe sorbet, made by my skilled, ice-cream loving Father. He used David Lebovitz’s recipe, from his book, The Perfect Scoop (a.k.a. the bible), and it was really delicious. A new favourite, perhaps.

One of my gorgeous friends, Philippa, made Jamie Oliver‘s Sweet and Lovely Honey and Pistachio Cake , which was divine. It is from his book, Jamie Does, and I have been wanting to make it for months. I adored this cake, with it’s beautiful, olive oil spiked flavour and light texture. It was super moist, especially with the honey syrup devilishly poured over the top. Mmmmmmmmm. Unfortunately I don’t have any photographic evidence of it’s delightfulness – you’ll have to trust me on this one.

And we ate my rhubarb and ricotta tart. It was lovely. I am a little in love with this recipe, it is incredibly dreamy and romantic. And I made the pastry. Me. So it tasted even more dreamy.

Heidi xo

* Note: I am in Vietnam right now, but prepared this post before I left. Oh yes, I’m sneaky like that 🙂

I downloaded an iphone bogging application, and look forward to posting pictures and snapshots of where I am at this coming month while I am away, travelling South East Asia! I am very excited to share this with you! xo

  • Leah January 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Wahoo Heidi! Your pie looks heavenly!

    There is nothing better than catching up with the people you love, having great food, drinks, and conversations.

  • Hannah January 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Hurrah! So proud of you – can't believe you tackled one of your fears straight away. You're amazing! Have the most AMAZING time in Vietnam – enjoy all the fresh herbs and zingy, amazing food!

  • Mez January 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm So glad you could blog while you're away. The tart looks delicious… but… I don't like rhubarb 🙁 I know H could make it taste amazing…. but I really do not like it :/ Maybe I should give it another go… hmmmm

  • Michelle Chin January 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    The dough has such a lovely yellow tinge to it! Glad you achieved something for year 2011!

  • The InTolerant Chef January 10, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I use a version of this recipe as a foolproof gluten free pastry. It's delicious! Rhubarb is an old fashioned fruit that needs to come back into vogue,

  • littleaspects January 10, 2011 at 7:16 am

    The pie looks great – congrats! Rhubarb is the best. Thanks for the head's up on the Maggie Beer pastry recipe – I'm going to use it to make a cherry pie (I have kilos of cherries that I pitted and froze after we bought way too many at Christmas!).

    Enjoy Vietnam – looking forward to the foodie pics!

  • Anna Johnston January 10, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Not only does this pie sound wonderful (& congrats BTW for your awesome pastry feat) but the whole meal sounds heavenly…., I love alfresco dining, hanging out in the fresh air eating wonderfully fresh tasty good food & your pals…., now that's living honey bunch 🙂
    Hope Vietnam is fantastic, can't wait to hear more about it.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Caprese salad would have to be one of my all time favourites!!!!

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds January 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Yum, looks amazing! I've never actually tried rhubarb, but so many people rave about it. I'll have to put on my list of things to try this year!

    Enjoy Vietnam!

  • Jennifer (Delicieux) January 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Gorgeous pie! I've still never cooked with rhubarb at home. I will have to rectify that.

    Have a fantastic time in Vietnam.

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  • Kath (Eating for Living) January 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Yay that it worked! Rhubarb always reminds me of summer … Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Have a great time in Asia! I'm looking forward to your photos! Vietnam is a place where I'd love to go myself some day.

  • Hannah January 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Hooray!! Looks amazing!! I might have to conquer my pastry fears too 😉
    Enjoy Vietnam 🙂 🙂

  • Heidi January 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

    thanks everyone for your kind comments! I'm still so excited about it 🙂 It's quite an achievement, hehe. & to those lovelies who haven't yet made pastry, do it soon! It is so easy (I recommend Maggie Beer's recipe) not to mention delicious 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Jacqueline January 11, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I LOVE rhubarb!:D Your pie looks great!
    Have a fantastic time in Vietnam!Can't wait to see some pictures!

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets January 13, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Homemade lemonade? Caprese salad? Can I come to one of your parties? ;p Everything looks and sounds delightful, but that rhubarb tart is really to die for. Hope you're having/had a great trip!

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