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Watermelon and almond tower – Italian Cuisine

Watermelon and almond tower

Have you ever thought about putting the watermelon in a cream dessert with even a crunchy part?
We have a delicious idea in mind biscuit and watermelon tower, to bring to the table that will leave everyone speechless.

Turret of biscuits and fruit

This dessert is simply a masterpiece because alternate a layer of almond biscuit super crumbly, cream and watermelon.
Fresh, light, delicate, it is perfect for hot summer evenings and also very simple to prepare.
The contrast of textures and flavors will conquer you, we are sure.

Almond biscuit

This turret has one or two layers of almond biscuit, but this is not a classic shortbread.
It is prepared withegg white and has a particularly friable consistency similar to that of one Meringue, of a Macaron or a ugly but good.
The interesting thing, however, is that it does not get wet with the moisture of the fruit, but remains fairly compact.
How do you prepare it?


180 g of almond flour
50 g icing sugar
30 g of fine brown sugar
1/2 sachet of baking powder
1 egg white
1 pinch of salt


Proceed by mixing the flour, sugars and baking powder and whisk the egg white with a pinch of salt.
Add everything gently and form a loaf that must rest in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap for an hour.
Roll out the dough not too thinly and then cut it out with a pastry cutter.
Bake in a static oven at 180 ° for 20 minutes and then leave to cool thoroughly.

How to make the watermelon layer

It is very simple to make the watermelon layer because it is enough cut a medium-sized watermelon into section obtaining a slice that is not too thick to be cut into several parts with the same cookie cutters.
The very important thing to do is eliminate the seeds because we certainly would not want to feel them under our teeth while we enjoy our dessert. So arm yourself with lots of patience and tweezers and clean all the slices well.

How to make the cream layer

You can make a choice between mascarpone and yogurt, but the basis is always of whipped Cream because it is important that it is soft, voluminous and firm. Then decide whether to whip the same amount of fresh cream and yogurt together or cream and mascarpone.
To sweeten the cream, use the icing sugar adding little by little until you reach the taste you prefer, but consider that the biscuit is already sweet enough and the fruit too.

How to assemble and decorate the turret

Arrange the layers of biscuit and watermelon alternating with the cream and complete everything with cream and strawberries if you want to keep red as the only color, or play with creativity and use a mix of colorful seasonal fruit and then some toasted flaked almonds to recall the biscuit and to give it a little more crunchiness.
To get perfect turrets, help yourself with the coppapasta.
Put the biscuit at the base, then the cream, the watermelon, the biscuit again and finally the cream and gently pull out the pastry cutter to maintain the shape of the turret. You can of course also use a rectangular or square pastry pan.

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Summer plum tomatoes roasted in the oven with garlic and herbs make an easy and delicious sauce that will fill your kitchen with an intoxicating aroma.
The end of summer means using up my garden vegetables and herbs before the weather changes. It seems I wait all summer long for my tomatoes to ripen, then I wind up with so many tomatoes I don’t know what to do with them!

One of my favorite things to do with tomatoes this time of year is to roast them. The flavors of the tomatoes get concentrated and makes a wonderful sauce for serving over pasta or freezing for the future.  If you think four pounds of tomatoes is a lot, you’ll be surprised! Four pounds reduced down to the contents of this jar.

What else do I like to do with my end of summer tomatoes? I have tons of recipes that use fresh tomatoes, but these recipes are a must!

Tomato Bisque[1] – one of my favorite soups and perfect this time of year
Panzanella Salad[2] – Using a good crusty bread is a must here!
Easy Garden Tomato Sauce[3] – Perfect for grape tomatoes
Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches[4] – So simple and delicious!
Heirloom Tomato Salad[5] – I can eat this with some crusty bread and call it a meal!
Tomato, Mozzarella and Arugula Tower[6] – A perfect meatless Monday lunch

Oven Roasted Tomatoes
Servings: 7 • Size: 1/2 cup • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 1 pts
Calories: 53 • Fat: 2 g • Protein: 1 g • Carbs: 8.5 g Fiber: 1.5 g • Sugar: 5.5 g
Sodium: 282 mg (without salt) 

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 4 lbs plum tomatoes*


Preheat the oven to 450º F.

Divide the olive oil and pour onto the bottom of two large rimmed baking sheets; add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, and salt and pepper.

Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally and remove the stems. Toss the tomatoes with the oil and seasonings, then lay them down cut side down on the dish.

Roast in the oven until the tomatoes wilt and become softened, about 30-35 minutes, the tomatoes will start to wrinkle. Depending on the size of your tomatoes, cooking time will vary so keep an eye on them. When done, remove from oven and let them cool. The skins will come off easily; remove and discard skins and herbs then coarsely chop the tomatoes. Adjust salt as needed and place in a jar or use right away.

The tomatoes will keep for about 3 – 4 days refrigerated, or up to 6 months frozen.

Makes 3 1/2 cups.

*Calculated based on 3 1/2 cups cooked tomatoes which differs slightly from uncooked.


  1. ^ Tomato Bisque (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Panzanella Salad (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Easy Garden Tomato Sauce (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Heirloom Tomato Salad (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  6. ^ Tomato, Mozzarella and Arugula Tower (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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