Pear And Ricotta Tart From Puglia

Sweet Pear And Ricotta Tart From Puglia

This dessert is born from combining a few baking staples together with creamy ricotta, sweet pear, and decadent chocolate. The result is a subtly rich filling, encapsulated within a buttery, crumbly crust. Not only does it make a fantastic Easter treat, but it’s also a versatile classic that can brighten up any occasion.


italians love pears in desserts


Why Pear And Ricotta Is So Popular In Italy?

The popularity of pear and ricotta in Italy lies in its traditional roots, the perfect blend of delicate sweetness, and versatility in terms of adjusting the sugar level to suit every palate.

Ricotta, with its mild and creamy essence, beautifully complements the sweetness brought by the pears, creating a harmonious balance in taste. This classic duo can be enhanced even further by introducing chocolate, adding a rich and decadent dimension to the mix.

This flavour combination is a classic of the Neapolitan sfogliatella pastry, a breakfast delight which originated in Naples in the 17th century, and it’s now popular throughout Italy.


The Origins Of The Pear & Ricotta Pairing In Italy

The Ricotta and Pear Tart is unquestionably one of the most replicated and crafted desserts in history. The recipe was created in 1997 by Sal De Riso in the town of Minori.

Having received a crate of pears from Agerola, the master pastry chef pondered how he could use them. Evaluating the ingredients at his disposal, he decided to combine the pears, diced into cubes, with Tremonti ricotta, whipped until creamy, and spread the resulting cream on a biscuit made with Giffoni hazelnuts.

The dessert he crafted was a tremendous success, transforming Sal De Riso into a true celebrity of the Amalfi Coast.

inside pear and ricotta tart

Italian Pear And Ricotta Tart Recipe

If you want to elevate this sweet ricotta tart make sure to try a slice with a drizzle of a classic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, like this Platinum or this Gold.

italian pear and ricotta tart with chocolate

Italian Pear And Ricotta Tart With Chocolate Chips

Delicious and easy to make, this pear and ricotta tart is the perfect Easter dessert but it's also a classic you can make anytime.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 large
Calories 707 kcal


  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 peeling knife
  • 1 11 to 12 inch pie dish I used 2 smaller ones
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 grater
  • 1 fork
  • 3 tablespoons
  • cling foil or reusable alternative
  • baking paper


  • 300 gr Flour 00
  • 150 gr table sugar I used coconut sugar.
  • 1 sachet Paneangeli vanilla essence in powder (11 gr) You can use another brand but I really suggest this one.
  • 1 lemon just the rind (yellow part)
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • 200 gr butter
  • 500 gr ricotta cheese
  • 4 medium pears Abate variety works fine.
  • 2 handfuls chocolate chips or more if you prefer


  • Mix the flour, vanillina and sugar (only 100 grams) in your large bowl. Mix.
    dry ingredients for pear and ricotta tart
  • Add the grated lemon peel. Mix again.
    lemon rind in pear and ricotta tart
  • Then add the beaten eggs and combine well.
    PS: You can mix the sugar and eggs in a separate bowl and then combine. It will probably give you a smoother pastry but I like a rustic result. The taste is as delicious.
  • Add the butter into small pieces. Use a fork to work it into the dry ingredients. Then wash your hands and work the dough for a minute or two with your hands, until you obtain a ball of soft dough.
    adding butter to make tart crust
  • Wrap the dough and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, the longer the better. You can leave it overnight, if you prefer, but not longer.
    italian tart crust ready to refrigerate
  • When you are ready to make the pear and ricotta tart, transfer all the ricotta in a medium bowl and add 50 grams of sugar. Mix well.
    mixing ricotta and sugar
  • Wash and peel the pears, cut them into 4 quarters, remove the inside stem and seeds, and cut them into small cubes (about 1 cm or smaller).
    pears ready to be added to sweet ricotta mix
  • Add the pears to the ricotta and mix. You can add the chocolate chips now, so you don't forget to do it later like me, or you can do it later.
  • Take the pear and ricotta tart dough you made out of the fridge, and cut slightly more than half. Roll it out on a floured surface using a rolling pin.
    Alternatively, you can do like me and use your hands to flatten it and stretch the dough onto the dish covered with baking paper.
    The difference is that the first option gives you a smoother thinner crust, and yields a larger pie. The second option is more rustic and the crust will result thicker.
  • Either way, cover your tart dish with the dough, and take the latter up to the edges.
    rustic base for pear and ricotta tart
  • Fill the tart with the pear and ricotta mix.
    filling tart with pear and ricotta filling
  • If you haven't done it already, sprinkle the chocolate chips now, on top of the ricotta filling.
  • Use the remaining dough to cut thin or thicker strips of dough and form a crostata crisscrossed shape on top of your pear and ricotta tart.
    pear and ricotta pie before baking
  • Bake in a preheated oven for around 1 hr.
    Here's how I baked mine: first I baked them at 160 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes, using my oven's 4D hot air program. Then I finished baking them for another 20 to 25 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius, using my circulating grill program.
    The initial lower setting allowed the filling to harden and the dough to cook evenly without the top browning and burning, so much so that my chocolate at the top (I put it on the top at the end because I forgot to put it earlier) didn't burn at all.
    The result was a soft and crumbly pie.
  • Once ready, take it out of the oven and out of the dish, leave to cool for at least 30 minutes on a baking rack, and serve.
    italian pear and ricotta tart with chocolate
  • Optional: You can drizzle with one of our Balsamic Vinegars of Modena, either a classic one like Platinum & Gold, or a flavoured one like Orange.
    serving pear and ricotta tart


If you take a smaller slice, and divide your pie into 8, the calories will drop to 500. That's not bad at all for a delicious Italian dessert.
Keyword Pear dessert, ricotta pie

Other Italian Dessert Recipes

Here are some delicious ones to try:

  1. Italian Plumcake with EVOO (PS: plumcake is not a cake with plum!)
  2. Lemon, Raspberries & Mascarpone Cake
  3. Healthy Tiramisu with Yogurt (still delicious)


plumcake lemon cake tasting healthy tiramisu with yogurt

Author: Alessia


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