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 For the month of November Krista and Nicole of “Two Cups of Sugar.”challenged us to make our own version of cheesecake crumble pie.

Cheesecake crumble pie? Sounds rich? Yep, you bet!
 My take on this challenge was to attempt to lighten the dessert by using ricotta for the filling. Ricotta is a wonderful cheese to use in sweet and savoury dishes.  It is lighter in texture and fat than cream cheese and a good source of protein and calcium so makes a great filling for a cheesecake. I had never thought to top it with a crumble but why not and I think it was very successful! Thank you Krista and Nicole of Two Cups of Sugar for hosting this challenge.
To flavour the ricotta filling I delved into my freezer for the glace fruit I have purchased some time ago. These gorgeous little glace oranges would be perfect. So the flavour was decided – orange, dark chocolate with an almond crumble for an Italian style cheesecake.


Orange, Dark Chocolate and Almond Ricotta Crumble Tart
(recipe loosely adapted from this recipe from Mindfood)


1 1/4 cups plain flour
1/2 cup almond meal
125 g butter, diced
1 egg yolk
1-2 tablespoons chilled water

Process the flour and almond meal with the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs in a food processor. Add the yolk and pulse to combine. Add a little bit of water will the processor is running until the dough comes together in a rough ball. Turn it our onto a floured board and knead lightly until it just comes together. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour. Grease a 23cm flan tin with a removable base. Roll out the dough to 3mm thickness between two sheets of baking paper. Line the flan tin with the pastry. This is a very short pastry and for me, it fell apart as I lined the flan tin. However it was easy to patch up here and there. Put in the freezer for 10 minutes. In the meantime preheat the oven to 200C. I actually left the pastry shell in the freezer overnight until I was ready to bake it the next day. Blind bake for 10 minutes them remove paper and weights and bake for another 10 minutes. Cool. Reduce oven temperature to 180C.



500g ricotta
1/2 cup castor sugar
3/4 cup mascarpone
2 eggs
80g dark chocolate, chopped
140g glace orange
50ml Amaretto liqueur
1 tablespoon cornflour

Process the ricotta and sugar in the food processor until smooth. Add the eggs and whizz until mix in well. Add the Amaretto and cornflour and process to mix. Remove the mixture to a bowl and stir in the dark chocolate and glace orange.


Spoon into the prepare pastry shell and smooth the surface. Bake for 15 minutes.

In the meantime prepare the crumble

1/3 cup plain flour
60g butter
1/3 cup almonds
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Place all ingredients into a processor . Process to combine and roughly chop almonds.

Sprinkle crumble onto the tart and return to bake for another 30 minutes. Turn the oven off. Leave oven door ajar and cool the cheesecake for one hour. Remove from the oven.

Cool before chilling for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!


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