Thursday, 20 January 2011
Tortelloni di zucca e mascarpone - Butternut squash and mascarpone tortelloni
Anyway, the pasta part of the River Cafe recipe works well but to intensify the flavour of the filling, we had to radically reduce the amount of parmesan and mascarpone in the filling and to roast the butternut squash.
for the pasta
350g type 00 flour
2 medium eggs
5 medium egg yolks
½ tbl sea salt
½ tbl olive oil
for the filling
0.75k butternut squash or pumpkin
2 large garlic cloves, finely sliced
salt and pepper
for the sage butter
1 bunch fresh sage
100g clarified unsalted butter
1. Using a mixer or processor, combine the flour, salt, olive oil and eggs. Using a dough hook, knead slowly for 10 minutes until you have a smooth ball of dough. If necessary add another egg yolk.
2. Dust the work surface with flour, then knead the dough for 4 minutes until it is completely smooth. Wrap it in cling film and put in the fridge.
3. Roast the butternut squash in a medium hot oven for 30 minutes. Then scoop out the pips, scoop out and mash the flesh.
4. Fry the garlic in the butter and add to the squash. When cool stir in the mascarpone, parmesan and nutmeg. Season to taste.
5. If rolling by hand, roll the dough out on a floured surface until you can see a patterned tea towel through it.
6. If using a machine, flatten the dough and cut it into four, then put each quarter through at each setting, gradually reducing the setting until you have the thinnest.
7. Cover the pasta with a tea towel to prevent it drying out.
8. Take a strip of pasta and distribute a teaspoonful of the filling every 4cms using a teaspoon or piping bag (much easier).
9. Take another strip of pasta and lay it over, squeezing the two strips together, working from one end to the other, and using your fingers to exclude the air as you do.
10. Use a small cutting circle to cut out the tortelloni. Or, if you prefer, a square.