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Maids of Honour with Ricotta

  • Author: Carrie Pacini
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English


  • 1 box of ready-made puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (230 grams) of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (50 grams) of ground almonds
  • 3 Tablespoons (40 grams) white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of brandy (or vanilla extract)
  • About 4 Tablespoons of lemon curd
  • Powder sugar for dusting if desired


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Lightly flour surface and roll out the ready made pastry dough.
  3. Use about a 3 1/4 round cutter or a coffee cup to cut out round pieces of puff pastry.
  4. Take your muffin pan of rounds and line them with the puff pastry pieces that you cut out.
  5. For the filling, whisk the egg, ricotta, almonds, sugar and the brandy (or vanilla extract) in a bowl and set aside.
  6. Next, add a tiny teaspoon dot of the lemon curd in the center of each puff pastry center.
  7. Then spoon a dessert spoon amount of the ricotta mixture on top of this.
  8. Bake for 8 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F or 180C and bake for another 10 minutes.
  9. Let them cool on a wire rack, don’t worry if they sink a little, that’s absolutely normal.
  10. Finish them off with a dusting of powder sugar.
  11. They taste best when served warm and can be re-heated if you are serving them later.