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Grandma Valentino's Sweet Pie

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Ingredients
For crust
  All purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Baking powder 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sweet butter 8 Tablespoon
  Eggs 2
For filling
  Fresh ricotta cheese 1 1⁄2 Pound
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Eggs 4
  Citron 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  Cooked grain 1 Cup (16 tbs) (grana cotto)
  Grated lemon peel 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Zest of orange 1
  Cinnamon oil 1 Pinch (or 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon)
  Cinnamon powder To Taste (to sprinkle on top of pie)
For egg wash
  Eggs 1
Directions

GETTING READY
For Dough
1. In a medium bowl, place 2 cups flour and add sugar ,baking powder and salt. Mix well.
2. Using a pastry blender cut in the butter.
3. Add egg and stir to form dough. Divide dough into 2 balls then chill.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

MAKING
For Filling
5. In a large bowl, combine ricotta, sugar, salt, eggs, citron, and vanilla. Mix well.
6. Add cooked grain, lemon peel, orange rind, and cinnamon. Mix well and set aside for about 30 minutes.

FINALIZING
7. Roll out the bottom dough and fit into the deep dish pie plate.
8. Pour the filling to the top.
9. Roll out the other dough ball and cut into ½ inch strips to form the lattice top.
10. Sprinkle with cinnamon and brush with an egg wash.
11. Pop in oven and bake for just about an hour. The middle should be slightly set.

SERVING
12. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pie
Occasion: 
Easter
Ingredient: 
Ricotta
Interest: 
Party
Restriction: 
High Protein
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
100 Minutes
Servings: 
8
This sweet pie is a hallmark of an Italian Easter Sunday feast. Known as Pastiera in Italy, this dessert seen around Easter time, has many names but simply put, it is a sweet ricotta-based pie with citron and grain. This recipe is a classic Italian grandma’s recipe that will back childhood memories.

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