My recipe for Fig Mascarpone Tart with Pistachio Black Pepper Crust has been blowing up on Pinterest lately, which really makes me smile because it's one of my favorites, and I want everyone to experience it! Since it seems people are digging this recipe, I figured I'd try a similar riff on a Mascarpone Tart and incorporate a local favorite – Ojai Pixie Tangerines. I'd heard folklore of this locally favored fruit, but hadn't been kissed by the juicy sweetness until this Spring. I was instantly smitten.
April is Pixie month over in the spiritually quirky, hippy-dippy, fertile, fruit-forward land of Ojai, California. Ojai (pronounced Oh-hi) is a beautifully strange place with a slightly force-fed aura of fairyland whimsey and new-age bohemia. But underneath the gimmicky crystal visions lies a homegrown authenticity and a deeply rooted connection between earth and life. Personally, I sometimes find the sage foraging, moon-bathing Ojai vibes a wee bit contrived. But I warmed up to picturesque landscape, The Ojai Deer Lodge and those sunny Ojai Pixie Tangerines immediately.
The Pixies are as sweet as they are bright, and I can definitely get down with celebrating Ojai Pixie season every Spring. If a town devotes an entire month to a single fruit, I thought that I should probably dedicate a recipe on this blog to the magical little Ojai Pixies Tangerines.
I've had a few different Pixie recipes fluttering around my mind for months, but finally landed on one that I think properly illustrates the fabled Ojai Pixie Tangerine. My new recipe for Candied Tangerine Mascarpone Tart with Pistachio Chocolate Crust is a tangerine dream with candied, sunny citrus wheels that shine like a sunset over a woodland clearing. The cardamom spiced tangerine slices bring an aromatic warmth to the creamy, dreamy mascarpone filling, encased in a crumbly dark chocolate crust sprinkled with the crunchy nuttiness of chopped pistachios. The flavors of this Candied Tangerine Mascarpone Tart with Pistachio Chocolate Crust whistle while they work and combine perfectly into a fairytale ending worthy of freshly crowned Princess. Pair it with a bottle of Riesling from North by Northwest Wines and you're sure to live happily ever after.Print