Calling all ricotta and chocolate lovers! Here is the perfect make-ahead dessert to end any meal. This Italian Ricotta Chocolate Tart Recipe incorporates both dark & semi-sweet chocolate, melted & combined with ricotta, rum & orange zest. It is then baked to perfection as a simple chocolate tart. Your taste buds will be in ricotta heaven!
With your fingertips, and working quickly, incorporate the flour and butter together.
Turn the mixture onto a wooden board and make a well.
Add the rest of the ingredients for the crust and with your fingertips or a fork begin to pull in the flour.
Form into a disc, wrap in plastic film and refrigerate for about half an hour
Meanwhile, break the dark chocolate into little pieces and place in a heatproof bowl.
Bring a pot of water to a simmer.
Set bowl of chocolate over pot of water. Ensure water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
When chocolate is almost completely melted, remove from heat and stir to finish melting.
Set aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl (of a stand mixer) beat the ricotta and orange zest on low speed with the paddle attachment until smooth (approx 30 seconds). Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times.
Gradually add the sugar, whipping cream, rum and finally the melted and cooled chocolate. Combine this whole mixture together. Set aside while we roll out the pastry dough.
Preheat oven to 375 ° F.
Prepare 9-inch tart pan by buttering and flouring or simply use non-stick spray and set aside.
Roll out the dough to fit your pie plate. The thickness should be between 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch. Carefully fold over and fit into your pie pan. Optional step: If planning to decorate with strips of dough, set aside about 1/4 of the dough.
Place the filling into the tart pan. Optional: decorate with strips of dough.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the center filling is set.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Refrigerate until serving and dust with icing sugar before serving.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. *adapted from The Italian Way