Very Juicy Alexandrina Apple Torte

Alexandrina Autumn Recipes Series

Let us celebrate the new season with this lovely cake, and enjoy a slice of Very Juicy Apple Torte. This recipe, using Alexandrina’s traditional Fresh Jersey Ricotta. Our beautiful ricotta is made with whey from our cheese making process, Jersey milk, and lemon juice.  You must not forget the tub of Pure Jersey Cream, if you are taking this cake into work for morning tea. Our Very Juicy Apple Torte is wonderful to share with friends’ next weekend, and a couple of pieces may even last into the middle of the week for a treat after dinner.

This was the very first recipe we shared at the Willunga Farmers Market back in the early 2000's, and it also featured on one of our very first eNewsletters in the early 2000’s.


Serves 4

Groundwork – allow 25 minutes preparation time + 60 minutes in oven

elements for the base: 

300 gm self raising flour

150g butter

150 g sugar

1 egg 

ingredients for the apple filling: 

500 gm apples peeled & sliced *we sometimes don’t peel

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon


ingredients for the ricotta filling: 

500gm Alexandrina Traditional Fresh Jersey Ricotta

3 eggs

rind of lemon

100g sugar

40 g semolina

40 g ground almonds *we use Taronga Almonds


1 x 300 ml Alexandrina Pure Jersey Cream for serving

technique for this base: 

rub butter into flour until mixture resembles bread-crumbs

add sugar and egg, mixing well

spread two-thirds of the mixture into a greased spring form pan

technique for this apple filling: 

place the sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla into a saucepan and simmer until apples are tender, approximately five minutes.

allow to cool

technique for this ricotta filling: 

beat eggs and 100g sugar until foamy

add lemon rind, ricotta cheese and semolina

Strain any excess juice from apples and spread on top of crumb base

top with ricotta mixture

sprinkle remaining flour mixture over the top of the pie

bake at 180 C for approximately 1 hour

turn off oven and allow torte to cool in oven or on the bench before serving


serve with Alexandrina Pure Jersey Cream



Alexandrina's Fresh Jersey Ricotta is made with a mixture of whey and Alexandrina’s Full Cream Jersey milk. Ricotta in Italian means ‘re-cooked’, it evolved from the ‘whey’ left from the making of cheese. Fresh Jersey Ricotta is a mass of creamy-white, fine and moist grains, and is firm in texture - not too wet, nor too solid. A small round wheel is made that looks like an upturned basin, with a patterned surface, the result of being drained in a colander then placed in a small tub. Fresh Jersey Ricotta is delicately lemony, mild and milky, with a slightly sweet, eggy flavour and has a fresh aroma. Fresh Jersey Ricotta is full of fresh protein. It is best eaten fresh, suitable for spreading or it can be used as a filling or for baking. 8.7 % minimum fat | available in 500 g tub.

LOOKING FOR THE ALEXANDRINA RANGE? |   Alexandrina Cheese work with an incredible network of retailers and one or two key partners across the country. This list is just the beginning of where you can find Alexandrina Cheese products near you.  We recommend giving retailers a call to check for which Alexandrina Cheese products they have in stock. Here is the link ---> Stockist List

LOOKING FOR APPLES? | The Alexandrina Orchard was planted by our maternal grandfather in the early 1990's. Our fruit will appear for sale on our new barrow at The Cheesery in Autumn, watch the signs leading up to Easter. We are waiting for ultimate sweetness in the fruit before picking! We have Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Fuji, Pink Ladies, and from previous experience the texture and crunch of our apples is truly unbelievable! We hope to have a bags and buckets for sale this Autumn. The only thing we put on the apples is rain from the sky!

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FOODIE FACT | The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommends at least 2.5 serves a day of milk, cheese, yoghurt and/or alternatives for most adults aged 19-50. A serve from the dairy food group is a cup (250ml) of milk, three-quarters of a cup (200g) yoghurt, two slices (40g) of cheese, half a cup (120g) of ricotta cheese or appropriate alternatives. For more information on the benefits of Australian Made Dairy Foods  

*above quoted from

TOP TIP | For other rustic fruit tortes, choose between all the of the fruits of the forest, including blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries and blackberries, but don’t forget all the different varieties of apples and pears available in the autumn and winter. Once you have the technique down-pat – you creative alternatives will offer you the chance to mix and match flavours, and this will become a staple in your house from now on. Just don’t forget to grab a tub of Ricotta at the Adelaide Farmers Market, or order a tub through our loyal stockists.

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First published sometime during the early 2000’s – Cooking with Rebekah

This blog is not sponsored, we exclusively partner with Alexandrina Cheese Company Pty Ltd.  

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