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Classic Crostata Di Ricotta

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Ingredients
  Plain flour 8 Ounce (225 Grams)
  Butter 6 Ounce, cut into small pieces (175 Grams)
  Egg yolks 4 , lightly beaten
  Sugar 30 Milliliter (2 Tablespoon)
  Marsala 75 Milliliter (5 Tablespoon)
  Grated lemon rind 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
For filling
  Ricotta cheese 2 1⁄2 Pound (1.25 Kilogram)
  Sugar 4 Ounce (125 Grams)
  Flour 30 Milliliter (2 Tablespoon)
  Vanilla essence 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Lemon 2 , grated rind and juice
  Raisins 45 Milliliter (3 Tablespoon)
  Slivered almonds 30 Milliliter (2 Tablespoon)
Directions

1. Sift the flour and some salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the butter, egg yolks, sugar, Marsala and lemon rind and combine. Knead the dough until it is smooth and will form a ball, but do not over handle it. Chill for 1 hour.
2. Preheat the oven to 18o°C/350°F (Gas 4). Roll out three-quarters of the dough and use to line a greased 23 cm/9 in spring form pan.
3. For the filling, beat the cheese with the sugar, flour, vanilla, lemon rind and juice, and raisins. Spoon into the pie shell and smooth the top. Sprinkle over the almonds.
4. Roll out the remaining dough and cut it into long strips. Lay these in a lattice pattern over the filling. Bake for 1 hour or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is firm to the touch. Cool before serving.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Cheese

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