Pastiera: Neapolitan Easter Pie.

dsc_0002Several readers have asked me what I’ve been cooking and could I post more about it. And, as I’ve been cooking a lot lately (having lots of time on my hand) and here’s a recipe from Martha Stewart (from my friends, Michele & Joe’s cooking blog) that I made for Easter that was a big hit.  I suspect I won’t wait until next Easter to make it again. (The pictures are from my first effort at this tasty treat.)

Ricotta Neapolitan Easter Pie: Pasteriadsc_0003
Ingredients
Serves 8

1 quart whole milk
3/4 cup arborio rice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
Unsalted butter, for pan
All-purpose flour, for pan
3 pounds fresh ricotta cheese, drained 3 hours or preferably overnight
3 large whole eggs plus 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions
Bring milk to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in rice, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla bean. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until rice is very tender and has absorbed all liquid, about 30 minutes.

Remove pan from heat. Stir in 3/4 cup granulated sugar. Cover; let cool, stirring occasionally. Discard vanilla bean.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour an 8-inch springform pan. In a large bowl, combine the rice mixture, ricotta, whole eggs and egg yolks, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Pour into prepared pan. Bake until golden on top and almost set in the center, 65 to 70 minutes; cover with foil if starting to brown too much. (Note: I had to leave mine in for an additional 10 minutes.)

dsc_0005Transfer pan to a cooling rack.

When cake has completely cooled, run a knife around edge to loosen. Gently remove ring; transfer cake to a serving platter. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

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