Sweet Ricotta Pie

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Sweet Ricotta Pie
Rich with eggs, cheese, and fruits, this sweet ricotta pie is a classic Easter dessert. This pie has the look and texture of a baked rice pudding, with a touch of cinnamon and orange flavors to compliment the golden raisins and candied citron.
Recipe type: Pie
Serves: 10 to 12
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Recipe Notes
Pan: One 9″ Round Springform Pastry: Sweet Pastry Pastry Prep: Chilled, Unbaked Oven Temp: 350° Storage: Cover and Refrigerate

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Ingredients
Rice (for filling):
  • ½ cup short-grain rice
  • 1 cup milk (preferably whole milk)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Pastry:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cold milk (preferably whole milk)
Filling:
  • 5 large eggs, divided
  • 1½ pounds whole-milk ricotta (about 2¾ cups)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest (about 1 orange)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons candied citron, finely chopped
Instructions
Rice:
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine rice, milk, and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn heat down to low and cover with a lid; cook about 15 minutes or until the milk is absorbed and rice is tender. Set aside to cool.
Pastry:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter and shortening into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. In a small bowl, combine eggs and vanilla; beat with a wire whisk or fork until frothy. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture, mixing until all the flour is moistened and forms a ball. If the dough seems too crumbly, add 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.
  3. Divide the dough into two portions, one slightly larger than the other; gently pat each half into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Remove the larger portion of dough from the refrigerator and, on a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board, and using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough out to a thickness of ⅛-inch. Fit the dough into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Trim the edges so that about an inch hangs over the sides of the pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling. Tip: Don’t stretch the pastry when placing in the pan, otherwise when baking the heat will cause the pastry to shrink down in the pan. Instead, gently push and pat the pastry in the pan. This pastry is slightly soft. I find it easiest to roll out on a large piece of plastic wrap, then pick up the plastic and rolled pastry together and gently flip over into the pan.
Filling:
  1. In a large bowl, add eggs, use a fork or wire whisk to thoroughly break up the egg; reserve about 1 tablespoon of beaten egg to brush over top of pastry. Add ricotta and sugar to remaining egg; whisk together to mix. Add orange zest, cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, citron, and cooled rice. Stir until well blended. Pour filling into the pastry lined pan; set aside.
  2. Roll out remaining piece of dough, ⅛-inch-thick. Cut into ¾-inch lattice strips. Weave the lattice strips over the filling. Fold down the overhanging pastry, and crimp edge as desired. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the pastry with reserved egg.
  3. Bake: Slide filled springform pan onto a baking sheet, place in oven. Bake 1 hour or until the center is almost set but still slightly wobbly. Remove from oven; leave pie in pan until cooled and filling is set.
  4. When pie is cooled, slide a small knife around the edge of the pie to loosen it and remove the sides of the springform pan, and transfer pie onto a serving plate. Serve while still warm or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sweet Ricotta Pie

Sweet Ricotta Pie

Sweet Ricotta Pie recipe