Flaky Tart with Peach and Ricotta

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I can finally check off one item from my wish list – a list which I created long back.. a list filled with absolute indulgence that screams delicious!

All the blog hopping I have been doing the last few months made my wish list go from long to longer, from interesting to challenging and from yum to yummier.

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When I saw the theme for Monthy Mingle called for stone fruit, I knew I had to make something that is on hold for a long time now.. a tart! A flaky tart with creamy filling.. sounds good, doesn’t it!

So, after checking some dozens of videos on you-tube on how to make a crust, I decided to just go ahead and give an attempt.

Monthly Mingle is a fun event where a theme is chosen every month, that you can mingle with in your kitchen. It’s a brainchild of Meeta, author of What’s For Lunch Honey and this month’s host is Sukaina, author of Sips and Spoonfuls. They both are such amazing and talented people. You shouldn’t miss visiting their space.

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Coming back to the tart, there are few key points that I learned about making a flaky crust. Make sure every ingredient is cold, from flour to water. Do not knead the dough and you have to let it rest in the refrigerator for about an hour. The dough will be sticky and it was not easy to roll that sticky dough. If you are like me, you will get very irritated, but don’t! The dough needs tender love and lots of care 🙂

I used ricotta cheese as a filling which is super light, creamy and slightly sweet in taste. The texture of this cheese is soft, almost like cottage cheese, which makes it less heavy and it is a good source of protein too.

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As the tart was baking in the oven, I couldn’t help but stare at it through the oven glass the entire time, well.. almost! And even before I could realize, the entire house was smelling of peach (ear to ear smile) 🙂 Now, once you bake something that delicious, you need to let it rest and let it set before you start eating and that is not easy my friend. But, you have to do it or else it might fall apart.

All this wait and patience was worth the effort. We enjoyed every bite of that tart. It was flaky and the creamy light ricotta with that super sweet juicy peach made me do my happy dance. And, I ticked off  ‘bake a tart’ from my wish list 🙂

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Flaky Tart with Peach and Ricotta


For the Tart

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 stick/5 tbs cold butter
  • pinch of salt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water

For the Filling

  • 2 eggs, kept in room temperature
  • 3 tbs ricotta cheese
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 juicy peach, cut in slices
  • sugar powder, for dusting at the end


  1. In a bowl, whisk flour and salt and keep it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  2. Cut in the butter cubes to the flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (If you are using a food processor, just pulse it for about 5 t0 6 times or until the crumbs looks like size of tiny peas. You can also do the same using a fork or your finger tips).
  3. Add lemon juice to the cold ice water and pour it on the flour mixture.
  4. Again, using a fork or your finger tips, mix it properly but do not knead it. It will be sticky and you don't need to worry about it.
  5. Do not over-mix the dough. Just pat the lumps into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  7. In the mean time, prepare the ricotta filling.
  8. In a bowl, whip the eggs with ricotta, lemon zest and sugar.
  9. Add heavy cream and give one last whip to make sure everything is mixed well.
  10. After an hour, take the dough out and roll it into a 9/12 inch round. The dough will be sticky. So, flour the rolling pin and sprinkle flour on the dough too. You might need to add little flour in between as you roll it.
  11. Transfer it in to the tart pan and cut off the extra dough.
  12. Place one layer of sliced peaches and then pour the filling into the pan.Top it with some more sliced peaches.
  13. Dust it with some powdered sugar on top and bake it in on a pre-heated oven at 400 F for 40 minutes.
  14. Let it rest for 5 minutes before you cut a slice.

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  • a spoonful of yumm
    a spoonful of yumm
    July 25, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    wish i could reach out and just eat from the pic ! you get such gorgeous peaches there . lucky you ! peaches here hardly have any fruit. lovely images as usual 😀

  • Sarah@buttered-up
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    July 25, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Looks fabulous! I would have stalked it as well when it was in the oven. Well done!

  • Priya Sreeram
    Priya Sreeram
    July 25, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    well done gal- this tart looks super good and I totallty loved the way u have expalined about it- can almost feel its taste !!

  • Tanja@tanjascookingcorner
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    July 25, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    This tart looks fabulous, Kankana, and the photos simply make my mouth water… have made some clafoutis with peaces and raspberries yesterday…Now that peaces are in season, I will have to try out a few yummie recipes, including yours:) Thanks for sharing!

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    July 25, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    Mmmmmm… Looks gorgeous! I would like to strike this off my list too. Should try and bake this soon. 🙂

  • Maris(In Good Taste)
    Maris(In Good Taste)
    July 25, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    This truly looks magnificent!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    July 25, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    Oohh..am coming there, Kankana! Hard to resist..moth watering..

  • Medeja
    July 25, 2011 at 3:49 AM

    It looks very delicious! So sunny and sweet!

  • Kelly
    July 25, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    Peach and ricotta, what a gorgeous, summer fresh duo. I love the way you assembled the peaches in spiral formation – so beautiful!

  • daksha
    July 25, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    Hi kankana, I love the presentation..it is so elegant and yummy peach tart..
    And what an enticing photos!

  • Vimitha
    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 AM

    Looks so gorgeous and colorful… So tempting… would love to have a slice…

  • Tina@flourtrader
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    July 25, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    Your pictures are really tempting! The presentation is elegant and there is no doubt that this is delicious. Also, the instructions for this are clear and well written. Great post.

  • Krithi
    July 25, 2011 at 6:46 AM

    That is an awesome effort dear.. and it shows in the pics! so neatly done!

  • Ben
    July 25, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    That’s an amazing tart. and the pics are making me hungry, yum yum!

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    July 25, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Your first attempt at making a tart and you nailed it!!!!! My mouth kept on watering just looking at the beautiful photos, and when you mentioned the house with the peach aroma? Kankana you are killing me here! The Texas peach season has just begun, but it’s almost over also (we only get good peace for about 2-3 weeks, rest of the time they are hard as rocks and not juicy at all), though I am not brave enough to attempt at tart making, but I will make sure to stare at your blog posting while tasting my peaches!

  • sayantani
    July 25, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    what a recipe. stone fruits are my new found love and cant wait to try this. gorgeous clicks as always.

  • Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    July 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    That is SUCH a gorgeous tart! I will definitely want to make this tart!

  • Tadka Pasta
    Tadka Pasta
    July 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Gorgeous and utterly irresistible! Yeah, that tart’s reason enough for an ear to ear smile 🙂

  • Priyanka
    July 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Wow….looks stunning and super tempting

  • Jessica
    July 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    That is so gorgeous! I’m blaming you for adding ONE more item to my wish list as well! This is something I must make before the summer is over! I love ricotta in desserts. It’s so light and it balances fruits perfectly. Beautiful tart!

  • Tiffany
    July 25, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    This tart is so elegant! I love it!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    July 25, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    What a gorgeous looking tart, Kankana! So irresistible!

  • Juliana
    July 25, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Wow Kankana, love this tart…peach and ricotta cheese…absolutely gorgeous and perfect for this time of the year. Love the pictures!
    Hope you have a great week 🙂

  • Ann
    July 25, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Beautiful! Congratulations on marking that off your list….it looks amazing! I love the idea of a ricotta filling…perfect for stone fruits!

  • Jamie @ Wokintime
    Jamie @ Wokintime
    July 25, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    I love the texture of ricotta and the light flavor. This looks like an amazing and totally doable tart, especially for non-bakers like myself.

  • Charissa
    July 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I`m just sitting and licking my screen. Peaches are one of my favourite fruits and I love flakey, buttery crusts. Sigh.

  • Vijitha
    July 25, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Gorgeous looking tart. I bought peaches with the hope to make a pie but they were so juicy and sweet, it just disappeared as such. Have to go to the farmer’s market to get another batch 🙂

  • rebecca
    July 25, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    beautiful tart your getting on par with darjeeling dreams thats a compliment

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 25, 2011 at 5:54 PM

      Oh my god !!! that’s too huge a compliment .. she is way too good and I have to make a zillion tart even to come just close enough to hers!

  • Vicki @ WITK
    Vicki @ WITK
    July 25, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    I can see why this was on your must make list, it looks delicious! I love the photo of the cut piece of tart, the filling looks so creamy!

  • Liren
    July 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    I know what you mean about growing wish lists! I used to write mine down, but with all the delicious things we see, I’ve given up 🙂 This is a gorgeous tart – love the ricotta especially.

  • Sarmistha
    July 25, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Ok !this one I will bake 100%coz the picture has taken the sleep off my eyes tonight.my mouth is literally full of water!!:)
    Irresistible..will let you know along with pic and the story:)

  • tigerfish
    July 25, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    I found that this summer’s peaches have not been perfect juicy sweet. But such a lovely tart you have made, have indeed served the purpose of peaches really well 🙂

  • torviewtoronto
    July 25, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    delicious summery dessert looks wonderful

  • Maureen
    July 25, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    I love tarts with ricotta and fruit. So, so good! Gorgeous photos, you should be proud.

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    July 25, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Very tempting and perfect tart!

  • Silvia
    July 26, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Beautiful photos and very rich cake summer


  • Tes
    July 26, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    Beautiful treat 🙂 It sounds so lovely 🙂

  • purabi naha
    purabi naha
    July 26, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Oh, my, Kankana! I am “fida” on your photography…perhaps I’m your biggest fan for your breathtaking pics. Have you learnt it somewhere?

    The recipe is truly great!!

  • Sissi
    July 26, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Kankana, your tart looks lovely! I make a very similar tart with pears, but I use curd cheese instead of ricotta. I totally agree it makes a light tart, much lighter than made with cream.

  • peachkins
    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    I’m seeing lots of peaches today and I love the photo with the fresh peaches!!!

  • Taste Junction
    Taste Junction
    July 26, 2011 at 6:04 AM

    Great going. Making a tart is really a fulfilling experience, in every sense of the word 🙂 And I couldn’t help but smile seeing the white placemat. Today only I shot with them. See the pics tomm :))

  • Rosa
    July 26, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    A splendid tart! So tempting. I bet it tastes divine.

    I love that shot of the peaches!



  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    July 26, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Beautiful, economical and delicious dessert all around dear Kankana! Just perfect for after dinner! Your pictures are stunning, I love dark background!

  • Anne@frommysweetheart
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    July 26, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Oh my! What a gorgeous tart! I love ricotta in baking…but combined with peaches…this is heaven! (And I am like you…I peek through the window of my oven all the time!) I am looking forward to trying this! : )

  • briarrose
    July 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    This turned out beautifully.

  • Nazneen
    July 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Great job with the pastry on your first try! The tart looks absolutely delicious. Pastry desserts are my favourites but I am trying to control how much I bake so as to control how much I consume! Which is funny because my children told me that I don’t have enough dessert recipes on my blog!

  • Soma
    July 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    I have a lot to catch up to right now:)this is something my gals are craving right now, but I will need some time to re organize my brain before I start! beautiful.

  • Swathi
    July 26, 2011 at 9:50 AM


    this tart is so beautiful. love the ricotta cheese and peach in there.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    July 26, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Beautiful treat! I can’t wait for peaches to be back in season!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    July 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Beautiful tart and gorgeous pictures! I love the filling in these, it sounds delicious with the ricotta cheese 🙂

  • Peggy
    July 26, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Your tart looks so beautiful! Job well done if you ask me!

  • Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    July 26, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    peach is just so versatile! i bet this tart tasted fabulous! kudos to you!

  • Gourmantine
    July 26, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Beautiful tart Kankana, looks absolutely fabulous! 🙂

  • Wit,wok & wisdom
    Wit,wok & wisdom
    July 26, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Hey Kankana,
    Congrats on making it to the Top 9!Must I say – your tart looks AWESOME!!And the clicks are absolutely mind-blowing!:)

    I know you wanted to post something to my event ‘Let’s Break Bread Together’ last time – I’m hosting it again,so would love to have somehting from you this time!Do drop in sometime for a peek!:)


  • Najla
    July 27, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Such an elegant tart!!! And your snaps are just amazing…

  • Adora's Box
    Adora's Box
    July 27, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    Congrats on The Top 9, Kankana. This is the prettiest peach tart I’ve ever seen. Looks so delicious.

  • sukanya
    July 27, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    simply fabulous, tart looks so summery in flavour and gorgeous

  • Gopika
    July 27, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    I have got some peaches here. I am gonna try this out for sure 😀 Love the presentation.

  • Corina
    July 27, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    This looks so yummy. I’m not a tart making expert but this just looks so good.

  • sally
    July 27, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    The ricotta filling sounds fantastic!

  • michelle
    July 27, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    I’m obsessed with anything peach right now. This looks amazing!

  • Nivedita
    July 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Hey Kankana, have regularly been following your posts after Deepa introduced me to it…but never left a comment….A big thank you for giving us such wonderful recipes & the photos are amazing!! My husband too follows your blog because of the lovely pics 🙂
    Just had one query regd this tart recipe…can I substitute heavy cream with something else??

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM

      Thanks Nivedita 🙂 I emailed you. You can use 1 tbs extra ricotta cheese.

  • Reem
    July 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Looks DELICIOUSSSSS. I found your blog recently and love it. Thanks for sharing wonderful recipe with enthralling photos. LOVE IT.

  • Manju
    July 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    that just look sooo soooo fabulous!! could you pretty please send me some? 🙂

  • Priya mahadevan
    Priya mahadevan
    July 28, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    This is looking SOOOOOOO delicious and yum!!!!

  • sweet artichoke
    sweet artichoke
    July 29, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    What a super-delicious looking tart! love the use of ricotta, it really give a nice texture and very light taste.

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    July 29, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    3rd and diced peach pic is sexy, did you eat the whole by ur self? jealous 😀 i too wanted try cake with ricotta but tart now ur tart goes to bucket list!

  • Annapet
    July 30, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    This is gorgeous! The peaches this season are unbelievably sweet! I have 4 left and let’s see if what happens to them. Usually, fruits here do not get past the kitchens sink.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    July 31, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    What a beautiful tart! I love the idea of a creamy ricotta filling with the fragrant summer peaches. Just gorgeous!

  • athena
    July 31, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    wow, this looks so inviting and yummy! making a tart is on to-bake list too, hope i get to it soon and don’t miss out on the seasonal fruits! thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  • Radhika
    August 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    That peach tart looks so inviting..
    I agree with you, both Meetha and Sukaina have come up with jaw dropping pictures of stone fruit desserts – oh so mouth watering!
    But, I’ve hardly had much luck with stone fruits this year.. All those I bought had no flavor and weren’t sweet at all.. I’m just left with no choice but to skimp on them this time..

  • Sukaina
    August 2, 2011 at 5:01 AM

    One of the most gorgeous entries for this month’s mingle. The tart looks divine- I absolutely love the filling and thanks so much for entering.

  • Luv'n Spoonfuls
    Luv'n Spoonfuls
    August 12, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    I LOVE baking with ricotta, goat cheese and/or mascarpone. I think they are often overlooked, which is a shame as they work so well with desserts. Lovely, lovely photos…can’t wait to give this a try!

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