Medland Masterchef – Cranberry Ricotta Torte

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This delicious ricotta torte is a Christmas favourite of our Back Office Manager Kelly. Kelly and her family always enjoy this dish at their Christmas lunch, and she wanted to share this with our patients.


  • 1kg full-fat ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 150g Craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 sage leaves
  • 60g crushed Saltines or other plain savoury crackers
  • Salad leaves, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 22cm springform cake pan. Place the ricotta in a sieve over a bowl to drain.
  2. Heat oil in a frypan over low heat, add onion and garlic and cook for 10 minutes until softened but not coloured. Add cranberries and cook, stirring, for a few seconds. Cool slightly.
  3. Whiz ricotta, Parmesan and eggs in a food processor until smooth. Chop 5 sage leaves, stir into ricotta mixture with onion, then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle base and sides of cake pan with cracker crumbs. Spoon ricotta mixture into pan, pat down well and smooth surface. Garnish with remaining sage and drizzle with extra oil. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and firm. Stand for 15 minutes, cut into wedges and serve warm or cold with the salad.

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