Recipe: Pignoli Tart with Mascarpone Crema

Cynthia DePersio's recipe for Pignoli Tart with Mascarpone Crema, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Cynthia DePersio is nuts for nuts. "I adore them, so I decided to use Italian pignoli cookies for the inspiration for this tart," she told us. The New Jersey–based pastry chef adds pulsed pine nuts to a classic French frangipane, then bakes the filling in a sandy sablé crust. "I like to pinwheel thinly sliced banana slices on top, sprinkle them with raw sugar, and brûlée," she says. We're partial to crowning our pieces with a dollop of mascarpone-boosted whipped cream.

 

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