Strawberry ricotta tarts

I baked these yesterday and they were great!

The recipe is adapted from recipes on Proud Italian Cook and Masterchef Australia.


  • 2 sheets shortcrust pastry
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 punnet strawberries
  • 1-2 tsp berry jam


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC
  2. Cut pastry into rounds and place in a shallow patty pan tray
  3. Mix ricotta, cream cheese and sugar with electric beaters; add eggs one at a time and beat until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Put about 1/2 tbs of mixture into each pastry case and top with sliced strawberries.
  5. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 mins, or until edges puff and skewer comes out clean.
  6. Melt jam on stove or in microwave (about 15 sec) and glaze warm tarts.
  7. Serve at room temperature or refrigerated.

Makes 24

Above are the standard ingredients, but I used low fat/sugar versions: reduced fat shortcrust pastry, low fat ricotta and cream cheese and Equal Baking instead of sugar. I didn’t make my own pastry, but you can of course use your favourite pastry recipe if you want to.

The mixture can make about 30 tarts, but if cut right 2 sheets of pastry makes exactly 24 tarts. The mixture can be kept in the fridge in a sealed container for a day or two if you want to make it in advance, or if you don’t want to cook it all at once.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!


  1. Ryan says


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  2. says

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  3. says

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