Honey Ricotta Tartlets (with raspberry!)

Just a warning: I’m feeling sentimental today.  If you don’t care, feel free to move on with your life.  I won’t be offended.

It’s just that…there’s something about dough.

Any kind of dough.

There’s something about a distraction from every day living…

…and then catching sight of a pretty distraction that means forever love.

There’s something about simple ingredients.

Farmer’s market fresh, from new farmer’s market friends.

There’s something about good friends.  Turns out these guys come in handy (Thanks, Laura!!)

There’s something about buttery crust, (the easy to deal with, not at all intimidating kind), with a touch of lemon to brighten things up

There’s something about cinna-speckled, honey sweet filling.

There’s something about the immediate post-bake golden globes.

There’s something about a raspberry…

…or three

(never skimp on raspberries…life lessons with Ellen Z.)

((that rhymed…just saying))

There’s something about the word “tartlet”…it sounds way more fun than “tart.”  Also way more manageable.. let’s not make this a stressful situation.

There’s something about a pretty plate hand made just for me by that man o’ mine.  (Seriously, he made that.  With his hands. He’s great.)

Simple.  Easy.  Delicious.

Also cute…did I mention cute?  Meet tartlet man.  He has a raspberry hat.  And ears.

(Why must I always play with my food??)

There’s just something about baking.  I love it with all of my heart. There’s something about creating.  Something about the science of it…knowing “if this, then that”.  There’s something about having something to share at delicious dinner with good friends .  There’s something about the little reminders that come, (from a silicone mold or a 100 year old bowl or an engagement ring), of friends and family and good feelings from happy times.  There’s something about honey and butter and how they really just always taste good.

I don’t know if you ever bake. I don’t know if you love it like I do.  But there’s something about taking a second to do something you love…it’s necessary for living.  Baking is my something.

So you know…take a sec.  You deserve it.

((Also…if baking happens to be your something you love, I highly recommend some ricotta tartlets..they’re pretty awesome))

Enjoy!

❤ Ellen

Honey Raspberry Ricotta Tartlets

Recipe adapted from this recipe

Yields 16 two inch tartlets

8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
zest from 2 lemons
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

8 oz ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1/4 cup honey
zest from 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
serve with raspberries
1. Thoroughly mix the melted butter, lemon zest, salt and sugar.
2. Add the flour and mix just until combined.  The dough should be soft.
3.  Line each tartlet mold with an even layer of dough, pressing as thin or as thick as you like (I prefer a pretty thin layer…more room for filling that way!)
4. Cover the molds with plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
5.   Once chilled, prick all over with a fork before placing on a middle rack in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  (If you don’t prick them they will puff up too much in the oven and leave no room for filling!)
6. While the shells bake, prepare the filling.  Thoroughly mix the ricotta, egg, honey, lemon and cinnamon either in a food processor with the blade attachment or by hand with a spoon.  The filling should be smooth and creamy.
7.  Fill the warm tartlet shells to just under the brim with the ricotta mixture.  Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the filling just sets.  The filling will puff up a but while baking but it settles flat as it cools.
Serve warm or chilled but always with raspberries and with friends!
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10 Comments

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10 responses to “Honey Ricotta Tartlets (with raspberry!)

  1. Mom

    Dreamy girl. You are such a Pisces. Glad these aren’t fish tartlets…raspberries are better. XO from your sentimental mama…

  2. Becky

    Awww. You made me all teary-eyed! And the Tartletts look lovely!

  3. There’s something about small treats that don’t smear your lip gloss

  4. Beautiful tartlets and a beautiful post. 🙂

  5. Clare Anne Stefanucci

    Oh, how I love your writing and your baking. You make me want to give it a go. And… I sure like your beautiful ring. Love you

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