The orange, cardamom and honey in this are gently aromatic with the sweet, soft dates – delicious!
1½ cups plain flour
¼ cup icing sugar
120 grams butter, chopped
2 teaspoons cold water
500 grams mascarpone
1/3 cup clear honey
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
finely grated zest 1 orange
1 small egg
1 small egg yolk
300 grams medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons flaked almonds
runny honey, for drizzling
1 cup thick plain yoghurt
EQUIPMENT: Lightly grease a 25cm loose-based tart tin.
Preheat the oven to 180°C regular bake.
PASTRY: Put the flour, icing sugar and butter in a food processor and whizz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water and pulse until the mixture forms large clumps. Tip out onto a clean bench and form into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll it out on a lightly floured bench. Release from the bench if necessary with a spatula and fit into the greased tart tin. Press into the sides and base, patching any holes and trimming away any excess pastry. Prick the bottom lightly with the tines of a fork and put in the freezer for 5 minutes. Line the pastry with a circle of baking paper and fill with baking beans, weights or rice. Bake for 12 minutes, remove the baking paper and weights and bake for a further 8 minutes.
Reduce the oven temperature to 160°C regular bake.
FILLING: Put the mascarpone, honey, cardamom, zest, egg and egg yolk in a food processor and pulse to combine, then pour into the pastry case. Arrange the dates on top and scatter over the almonds. Bake for 35 minutes, until just starting to turn golden around the edges and the custard is set.
TO SERVE: When cool, remove from the tin and place on a serving plate. Drizzle with a little honey and serve with the yoghurt and extra honey if desired.
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