Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mascarpone Tart with honey, oranges and pistachios

Our Supper Club gathered recently to enjoy a good meal, friendship, plenty of laughter, and of course, good wine.  We are a diverse group of friends with varying backgrounds that move across the personal, religious and, political spectrum which makes for spirited conversations, while breaking bread.  If only we could all solve our differences while enjoying a good meal.  No doubt the world would be a kinder, gentler place.

We have dinner themes but mostly its a formality.  This month's theme was Greek which sent us out searching for a Greek inspired dessert.  Something delicious but, not complicated.  Making dessert at our house usually means my husband will take the helm and he knocked this one out of the park.

This recipe comes from Bon Appetit's Fast, Easy, and Fresh Cookbook and it delivers on its promise.  Most importantly, it can be put together in short order.  The tart turned out stunning.  The flavors, colors, and textures popped.  Proof with a few fresh quality ingredients simple is best.

Mascarpone Tart with Honey, Oranges and Pistachios
Makes one 9-inch tart
Recipe from Bon Appetit

1 Refrigerated pie crust (half of a 15-ounce package)
2 large navel oranges
1 8 to 8.8-ounce container chilled mascarpone
1/2 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey, divided
1/4 teaspoon (generous) ground cardamom
2 tablespoons chopped pistachios

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Press pie crust onto bottom and up sides of a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom: fold sides in and press to extend sides 1/4-inch above rim of pan.  Pierce crust all over with fork.  Bake until golden brown, about 24 minutes.  Cool completely on rack.

Meanwhile, grate enough orange peel to measure 1-1/4 teaspoons.  Cut off remaining peel and pith from oranges.  Slice oranges into thin rounds, then cut rounds crosswise in half.  Place orange slices on paper towels to drain slightly.

Combine mascarpone, cream, sugar, 1-tablespoon honey, cardamom, and orange peel in medium bowl.  Using electric mixer, beat just until blended and peaks form (do not over beat or mixture will curdle).  Spread filling evenly in cooled crust.  Arrange orange slices atop tart in concentric circles, sprinkle with pistachios.  Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon honey.

D.I.Y. Mascarpone If you cannot find mascarpone cheese, you can make a delicious substitute at home.  Mix 8-ounces cream cheese with 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 2-1/2 tablespoons sour cream.


Angie's Recipes said...

The tart looks sensational, Velva. Glad that you had a wonderful time with your friends in Supper Club.

Rhodesia said...

Oh wow that does look good and all my favourite flavours, bookmarked :-)
Hope that all is well, Diane

That Girl said...

This looks so fresh!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What a wonderful combination - and so beautiful too! Love your tip for the homemade mascarpone♥

Elisabeth said...

Such a pretty tart, Velva. I love the combination of the Mascarpone, the orange and honey. A must try! Also thanks for the tip on the homemade mascarpone!

From the Kitchen said...

We have a similarly diverse group of friends which proves that situation can work! The tart looks delicious.


Michelle said...

This looks delicious and I love the sound of your supper club. So important to learn about others and live in harmony.

Tina said...

He certainly did knock it out of the park! What a beauty of a dessert. I know everyone must have enjoyed that dessert.

grace said...

what a lovely and delicious tart! i seem to gravitate toward desserts with pistachios and i'd definitely enjoy this one. beautiful!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love our dinner group too. Always fun conversation and camaraderie! What a delicious dessert and thank for the DIY mascarpone recipe!

Unknown said...

Very nice and pretty. Heavy whipping cream and mascarpone cheese makes for a heavenly dessert!

Rebecca D. Thomas said...

Looks delicious, thank you for sharing!

Southerncook said...

This looks amazing!!! Will try it soon.


Kitchen Riffs said...

What a terrific looking tart! This is just loaded with flavor. Too pretty to eat. Almost. :-)

Marcelle said...

Your supper club sounds like a lot of fun, Velva :) I love everything about this tart! It's so pretty and it sounds completely delicious!

Abbe@This is How I Cook said...

This tart sounds divine and so does that supper club. I so agree that the world problems could be solved much better while eating a good meal!

DAFFYCO said...

Cette tarte semble divine !

Pam said...

Don't know how I missed this, Velva, but it sounds divine and looks delicious! Bet this was a hit at your supper club!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

This looks like an absolutely delicious summer dessert.

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