Ricotta and honey tart – a perfect dessert recipe

25 Jul

The Hungry Mum - Ricotta and honey tart

I blog almost nothing but sweet things but truth be told I do not have a sweet tooth. I crave savoury things, with a specific nod to the cheese family. Give me brie or give me death.

Many of my fav desserts – which I daren’t make lest I scoff the lot – have a cheese element: tiramisu, baked cheesecake, red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, cheese platter…

I have new cheese-esque addition to the top dessert list after recently baking this incredibly easy and delicious ricotta and honey tart.

ricotta honey tart The Hungry Mum

The recipe is from chow.com, see it here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/28274-ricotta-and-honey-tart

The crust recipe itself is worth its weight in gold – a simple, no knead number that lends itself to any number of desserts. Bookmark this one, people…



115 grams butter, melted

¼ cup caster sugar

Grated zest of two lemons

1 ¼ cups plain flour


500 grams ricotta cheese, drained – you want all the excess moisture removed

2 eggs

½ cup honey

grated rinds of two lemons

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup sliced almonds

Ricotta and honey tart. The Hungry Mum


In a large bowl stir together all the crust ingredients with a spoon until a soft dough forms – this should take about one minute.

Spray a 20cm round tart pan with non-stick baking paper and press the dough all over the base and up the sides. Using the bottom of a glass helps with this.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 180C and after 30 minutes remove plastic wrap and use a fork to prick the pastry base all over.

Bake for 20-ish minutes, until lightly golden.

To make the filling place all ingredients except the flaked almonds into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined. Scrape down sides with a spatula then pulse briefly again.

Scrape into the warm tart shell, decorate with flaked almonds, and bake for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before slicing into wedges to serve.

The Hungry Mum - Ricotta & honey tart


45 Responses to “Ricotta and honey tart – a perfect dessert recipe”

  1. KitchenSpells July 25, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    Wow, that looks like a perfect summer dessert! The flavour combination sounds amazing as well 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Thanks so much! It is winter here but it still went down a treat when I served it last week 😉

  2. Linda July 25, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    The Ricotta Honey Tart looks delicious! Brie is my favorite too! Baked in a phyllo dough with a chutney topping is so divine! 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

      Thanks! I think I just drooled – brie baked in pastry?! #need

      • Linda July 25, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

        It is absolutely incredible! When we post it I’ll try and remember to send you the link 🙂

  3. indusinternationalkitchen July 25, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    This looks divine! And also looks like an easy recipe!

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

      Easy is my motto in the kitchen! I can’t wait to try the crust with different fillings – it is so simple.

  4. Heather @ Sweet Precision July 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    This looks scrumptious! I love the mixture of ricotta with honey for the filling- so creative!

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

      I am crazy for honey! I have blogged before about the honey I get straight from beekeepers – it is liquid gold.

  5. Gingerbread Jenn July 25, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Oh this looks amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had a ricotta tart before

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

      Ricotta is so versatile – it melds well with different flavours. Somewhere in the darkest depths of my blog I have a recipe for ricotta and chocolate tarts, which I recall were also delish 😉

  6. Fae's Twist & Tango July 25, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    I really like ricotta cheese. I like to make this tart. I’m not into lemon zest, Do you think it works w/o lemon zest? Or what whould you substitute with?

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

      I imagine it could work without the zest. Maybe swap with lime zest? I don’t think it is crucial to the dish in any case.

  7. Angela | The Chewy Life July 25, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    Wow, this looks and sounds like a fabulous dessert for entertaining 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

      It is absolutely going in my dessert ‘fav desserts’ roledex. Not that I have a roledex, but you get my drift 😉

  8. ladyredspecs July 25, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    Yummo ricotta, honey, lemon….

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

      It is a simple but delectable combination.

  9. Laura @ Feast Wisely July 26, 2015 at 6:11 am #

    Love the generous dose of lemon zest in this recipe – especially because I have heaps of unwaxed lemons in the fridge…..

    • thehungrymum July 26, 2015 at 6:58 am #

      I love lemon zest! Feel free to add more to the base of this tart – I could barely taste the zest fro 2 lemons in it.

  10. lapetitepaniere July 26, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    I like the flavors and the texture of this ricotta and honey tart! 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 26, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks so much – it is really delish and so simple!

  11. chef mimi July 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Such a beautiful tart! And I rarely click on sweets! Give me cheese any day… even in a tart!

  12. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

    Hehe I’m the same. I love savoury food but seem to blog sweet because I like making sweet if that makes any sense! 😛

  13. vegashungrygirl July 27, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    LOL I’m the same way! I love baking and making desserts but I usually never eat it. I love all things salty!

    • thehungrymum July 28, 2015 at 9:40 am #

      Girl, we should talk 🙂 Salty and savoury is my tempo.

  14. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) July 28, 2015 at 12:33 am #

    I am more a savoury girl myself, but I do love all the sweet treats you share 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 29, 2015 at 6:53 am #

      #teamSavoury I just give away all the sweet stuff I bake and blog, peeps @ The Leader be needing a dentist 😉

  15. Coffee and Crumpets July 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    See now, I like sweets but always seem to blog about savoury stuff! I also eat meat but most of the time my posts are vegetarian! Go figure.
    This ricotta honey tart sounds dubious! I often use ricotta to make a quick cheesecake, works beautifully!

  16. KCole's Creative Corner July 29, 2015 at 12:55 am #

    I love that combo of ricotta and honey! And I am the same exact way! Give me a big block of cheddar and some crackers rather than a slice of cake 😉 Even though, I would definitely take this tart over anything savory! 😀

    • thehungrymum July 29, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

      Oooh, now I want cheese and crackers! This tart is the best of both worlds (in my humble opinion!)

  17. LFFL July 29, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    I could make this for a dinner party and it sounds like it’d be a hit for sure.

    • thehungrymum July 29, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

      It is a dinner party winner – plus you can make it the day before so no stress 😉

  18. Mike July 30, 2015 at 12:29 am #

    Looks so good!

  19. Jasline @ Foodie Baker July 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    I’ve never had a ricotta and honey tart before, the combination sounds delicious and definitely perfect as an after-dinner treat!

  20. ciaoflorentina August 7, 2015 at 1:31 am #

    You had me at Ricotta! How can this not be Amazing ? Pinning!

    • thehungrymum August 7, 2015 at 3:32 am #

      Thank you! I agree with you – I do think it is amazing 🙂 Have a lovely weekend.

  21. Sophie33 August 10, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    I agree! I made it & used white spelt flour in here! I used fresh low-fat sheep’s ricotta in this beautiful tart!
    Divine is the word! xxxx

  22. EllaDee August 13, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    I just popped over after you liked my latest blog post… and your intro here could describe me. I’m a fan already 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

      hehehe! Thank you 🙂 Have a fab weekend.

  23. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) August 16, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    Ricotta and honey are the perfect combo.

  24. karathecook August 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    This looks so rich & delicious! I have never made a tart. I also love finding a solid versatile recipe like the crust, where it can be used for other things. What would you serve a tart with, do you think? Some tea?

    • thehungrymum August 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

      This crust is a winner! I served this tart as part of a long lunch with a dear friend who I rarely see, so we drank Champagne 🙂

  25. gustopaleo October 9, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Wow yum yum yum

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