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Mascarpone and Dried Apricot Tart Recipe

Still looking for a delicious and easy-to-prepare summer dessert? Give Mascarpone and Dried Apricot Tart a try! Light, creamy and refreshing -- a slice (or two) of this treat will satisfy all your cravings!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
2 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Neriz

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Pyrex Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Whisk
  • Rubber Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 pc 8-inch pastry dough, fully baked (pasta frolla)
  • 1 & 1/4 cups dried apricots, chopped into small bits
  • 250 grams mascarpone cheese, about 1 cup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pc vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 3 tsp fresh mint leaves, chopped roughly
  • 1/2 cup marsala wine, optional

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine marsala (or water) with dried apricots.  Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  • Using a separate medium-sized bowl, combine mascarpone cheese with sugar and seeds of vanilla bean.  Mix with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Add the cream and mix with a whisk.  
  • Drain the dried apricots and add 1/2 cup into the cream.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of mint leaves and mix.  Use a spatula to combine evenly.
  • Pour mixture into a fully baked 8-inch tart crust.
  • Use a metal spatula to even the top of the mixture.
  • Add remaining dried apricots and mint leaves on top.
  • Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  • Serve.

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Notes

  • Cook's Tip #1:  You can use your favorite pie dough but not the buttery ones. It will go better with this tart.
  • Cook's Tip#2:  Make sure you do not skip the fresh mint leaves.  They are essential in providing freshness to dried apricot tart.
  • Variation #1:  Fresh apricots - if you are using fresh apricots, skip the step of combining them with water (or marsala wine).
  • Variation #2:  Vanilla extract - yes, you can use it as a substitute for the vanilla bean.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1498IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg