Crostata Di Ricotta Recipe

Summary

Preparation Time2 Hr 10 MinCooking Time4 Hr 10 Min
Ready In6 Hr 20 MinDifficulty LevelBit Difficult
Health IndexJust EnjoyServings4
CuisineCourse
MethodSpeciality
Interest Group

Ingredients

For pastry dough
 Plain flour1⁄2 Pound, unsifted
 Lard/Butter6 Ounce (at room temperature but not soft)
 Egg yolks4
 Castor sugar2 Ounce
 Dry marsala2 1⁄2 Tablespoon
 Freshly grated lemon rind1 Teaspoon (scant)
 Salt1⁄2 Teaspoon
For filling
 Ricotta cheese/Curd / cottage cheese / combination2 Pound, rubbed through a sieve, mixed with 4 tablespoons double cream
 Castor sugar1⁄4 Pound
 Flour2 1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Vanilla essence1 Teaspoon (scant)
 Grated orange rind1 Teaspoon (scant, fresh)
 Sultanas1 Tablespoon, rinsed and drained (scant)
 Diced candied orange peel1 Tablespoon
 Diced candied lemon peel1 Tablespoon
 Slivered blanched almonds/Pine kernels2 Tablespoon
 Egg white1 , beaten with 2 1/2 teaspoons water

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1297 Calories from Fat 723

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 81 g124.3%

Saturated Fat 37.4 g187.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 341.2 mg

Sodium 515.6 mg21.5%

Total Carbohydrates 106 g35.3%

Dietary Fiber 3.1 g12.4%

Sugars 47.1 g

Protein 34 g68.4%

Vitamin A 24.7% Vitamin C 14.6%

Calcium 52.3% Iron 11.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

GETTING READY
1. To make the pastry dough, in a large bowl, make a well in the centre of 1/2 lb. of flour.
2. At the centre of flour, drop in butter (or lard), egg yolks, sugar, Marsala, lemon rind and salt.
3. Mix the ingredients together. Try incorporating as much flour as you can.
4. Work in the rest of the flour with the heels of your hands until the dough is smooth and can be gathered into a ball.
5. Roll the dough at once, but if it seems at all oily, refrigerate it for about 1 hour, until it is firm but not hard.
6. Preheat the oven to Mark 4: 350°F.

MAKING
7. Break off about 1/4 of the dough. Dust the dough lightly with flour. Cover it with greaseproof paper or put it in a plastic bag; put aside in the refrigerator.
8. On a lightly floured board or table, place the rest of the dough after reshaping it.
9. Flatten the ball into a disc about 1 inch thick.
10. Dust flour on both sides, to prevent the dough from sticking.
11. Begin rolling out the dough-€”starting from the centre and rolling to within an inch of the far edge.
12. Gently lift the dough, turn clockwise, and roll out again from the centre to the far edge.
13. Repeat lifting, turning and rolling until the disc is about 1/8 inch thick and at least 11 inches across.
14. You can gently lift the dough with a palette knife and sprinkle a little flour underneath, if the dough sticks to the board or table while you are rolling it out.
15. Take 9-by-1 1/2-inch spring-form or false-bottom cake tin, and lightly butter its bottom and sides.
16. Then, starting at the nearest edge of the circle, lift the pastry and drape it over the rolling pin.
17. In the middle of buttered pan, place the pin. Unfold the pastry over it, leaving some slack in the centre.
18. Gently press the pastry into the bottom and around the sides of the pan. Take care not to stretch it.
19. Over the rim of the pan roll the pin, pressing down hard to trim off the excess pastry around the top.
20. On a lightly floured board or table, unwrap and the rest of the pastry.
21. With the heel of your hand flatten it and roll it into a rectangle about 12 inches long.
22. With a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut into long strips about 1/2 inch wide.
23. To make the Ricotta Filling : In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese with the sugar, flour, salt, vanilla essence, grated orange rind and egg yolks.
24. Beat the ingredients, until they are thoroughly mixed.
25. Stir in the sultanas and the candied orange and lemon peel.
26. Into the pastry shell, spoon this filling.
27. With the help of a rubber spatula, spread the mixture evenly.
28. Sprinkle the top with slivered almonds or pine kernels.
29. Weave or criss-cross the pastry strips across the pie to make a lattice design.
30. Brush the strips lightly with the egg white and water mixture.
31. Place it in centre of the preheated oven, and bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until the crust is golden and the filling is firm.
FINALIZING
32. Remove the pie from the oven.
33. Take a large jar or coffee tin and put pie on it.
34. Then slide off the outside rim of the pan.
35. On a wire cake rack, cool the pie, leaving the bottom disc of the pan in place.
36. Allow the pie to cool and remove the disc before serving. Loosen the bottom crust with the blade of a palette knife, and carefully slide the pie off on to a round serving dish.

SERVING
37. Serve Crostata Di Ricotta while warm
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