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Italian Easter Pie

SallyBR's picture

Italian Easter Pie

Made this last weekend, and it was delicious!


I include a photo here, and those interested, please follow this link to my blog post

Caperchick's picture

How beautiful! Just viewed your recipe. Gorgeous! Looks too good to eat!

SallyBR's picture

(adapted from King Arthur website)

for the crust:
2 + 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp instant yeast
1 Tbs sugar
1/8 cup olive oil
1/2 cup + 1 Tbs room temperature water

for the filling:
6 large eggs (3 of them hard boiled, and diced)
1/2 pound diced ham
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated parmiggiano-reggiano cheese
minced parsley to taste
salt and pepper to taste

for the glaze:
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbs sugar

Make the crust dough by adding all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pmixing until a ball forms. Adjust with more water if necessary. When the dough forms a ball, process it for about 20 seconds. Remove it from the machine and knead gently by hand for a minute or so. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours in a warm spot of your kitchen. The dough should about double in size, and feel bubbly.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling by mixing the diced ham, boiled eggs, and ricotta cheese with the three raw eggs. Add salt, pepper, and parsley.

When the dough has doubled in size, divide it into two equal portions and roll them into oval shapes, about 10"x 14". Place the filling over one of the dough disks, leaving a clean, 1/2 inch border. Carefully lift the second disk of dough and layer on top of the filling, enclosing it by pressing the borders together. Cut a slit on top of the pie with a knife or razor blade, and brush the surface with a glaze made from mixing the egg and sugar.

Bake it in a 350 F oven for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove to a rack and allow it to cool.