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This is an old Italian recipe for a pie with a sweet crust--just like from the old country. My in-laws are Italian and they say that this is the best pie. It is always requested for Christmas. Mini chocolate bits and lemon rind can be mixed into the batter.

Recipe Summary

cook:
45 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
3 hrs
prep:
45 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 deep-dish pies
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Pie Filling:
Sweet Crust:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Beat the 12 eggs, 2 cups sugar and vanilla extract together in a large bowl. Stir in the ricotta cheese and the chocolate chips, if using (see Cook's Note). Set aside.

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  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and 1 cup sugar together. Cut in 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in 4 beaten eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Divide dough into 4 balls, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease two deep-dish pie plates.

  • Roll out 2 of the balls to fit into the pie pans. Do not make the crust too thick, as it will expand during cooking. Do not flute the edges of the dough. Roll out the other 2 balls of dough and cut each into 8 narrow strips for the top of the crust. (Alternately, you can use cookie cutters and place the cutouts on the top of the pies.)

  • Pour the ricotta filling evenly into the pie crusts. Top each pie with 8 narrow strips of dough or cookie cut-outs. Brush top of pie with milk for shine, if desired. Place foil on the edge of crust.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes; remove foil. Rotate pies on the rack so they will bake evenly. Continue to bake until a knife inserted in the center of each pie comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes more. Cool completely on wire racks. Refrigerate until serving.

Cook's Note:

Instead of the chocolate chips, you can use 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest.

Nutrition Facts

352 calories; protein 12.9g; carbohydrates 45.6g; fat 13.4g; cholesterol 141.6mg; sodium 220.1mg. Full Nutrition
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