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Italian Easter Ricotta Pie
(Makes one 9-inch pie)

Pasta Frolla (Crust):
1-1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

15 ounces (about 2 cups) whole milk ricotta
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia (optional)
4 eggs
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Confectioners' sugar for dusting


To make the crust:
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse a few times to combine.  Add the butter; pulse until the mixture begins to look like cornmeal.  Add the egg and extract.  Pulse just until the mixture begins to come together.  Gather the dough into a ball and flatten into a disk.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a circle about 10-12 inches in diameter.  Don't be concerned if the dough rips or cracks; it repairs very easily.  Place the dough in a 9-inch pie pan.; gently press to cover the bottom and sides.  Use your thumb to remove excess dough around the edge of the pie pan. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the filling:
In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta cheese, sugar, flour, orange zest, vanilla extract and optional Fiori di Sicilia.  Add the eggs and whisk the mixture until the eggs are incorporated and the batter is smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour the filling into the pie crust. Bake for 40 -45 minutes, or until the filling is set (not jiggly) and the crust is golden brown.  Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve at room temperature or refrigerate before serving.  Dust the top with confectioners' sugar before serving.
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Italian Ricotta Pie is a traditional dessert often served at Easter.  There are numerous variations of this recipe.  Some are simply made with ricotta and eggs.  Others have chocolate chips or candied fruit added.  We also have a recipe for a ricotta pie with raisins. There are also variations in the type of citrus that is added or even the type of pie crust that is used.  This recipe has a sweet and creamy ricotta filling with mini chocolate chips added and just a hint of orange.  You can make our Pasta Frolla Crust or to save time use a pre-made pie crust.
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