Italian sweet ricotta pie

    1 hour 15 min

    This pie is traditionally made and eaten around Easter. A sweetcrust pastry case is filled with a rich mixture of eggs, sugar, chocolate chips and ricotta. It's the perfect dessert to enjoy anytime of the year.

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    Makes: 2  pies

    • 1.35kg ricotta cheese
    • 12 eggs
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 45g plain chocolate chips
    • 500g plain flour
    • 5 teaspoons baking powder
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 110g margarine
    • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Beat the 12 eggs, 400g sugar and vanilla together. Stir in the ricotta cheese and the chocolate chips. Set aside.
    2. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease two deep pie dishes.
    3. Combine the flour, baking powder and 200g sugar together. Cut in the margarine and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in 4 of the eggs and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Divide pastry dough into 4 balls and chill (if needed).
    4. Roll out 2 of the balls to fit into the pie dishes. Do not make the pastry too thick as it will expand during cooking and get too thick. Do not flute the edges of the pastry. Roll out the other 2 balls of pastry dough and cut each into 8 narrow strips for the top of the pies. Alternately you can use pastry cutters and place the cut outs on the top of the pies.
    5. Pour the filling evenly into the pie cases. Top each pie with 8 narrow strips of pastry dough. Brush top of pie with milk. Place foil on the edge of crust.
    6. Bake at 170 C / Gas 3 for 20 to 30 minutes then remove foil. Continue to bake for another 25 or 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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    so yummy  -  27 Apr 2014


    This recipe is indeed an old itilian recipe. MY mother in law is from Italy and I have made one very similar for many years. I will try this one for this Easter. This kind of cheese pie is very different from a regular cheam cheese pie, I think you have to either hate it or love it. We love it. We have it for Easter as a tradition . It does have an eggy taste but thats what it is supposed to have. Try it you will like it.  -  12 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this recipe last Easter and was so happy to find it again on this web site (after misplacing it) that I signed up. I did not find it "eggy" at all. It came out just like the ricotta pies we had at Easter when I was a kid, delicious!  -  27 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)