Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pizza Grana

This pie is also know as a wheat pie. It is one of my favorites! It is very similar in taste to an Italian Cheese Cake. You will love this!

Here's what you will need.

Pizza Grana

For the filling
2 pounds of Ricotta cheese
1 pound cooked grain
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs, seperated
1/2 cup of scalded milk
1/4 cup citron chopped
1/4 cup orange peel, cut fine
1 1/2 tsp of Orange water
the rind of 1 lemon and 1 orange

for the crust
2 1/4 cup flour (and more as needed)
3 eggs
4 Tablespoons of milk
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 pound butter

This recipe will make 2 pies.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all the ingredients together for the filling, except for the egg whites.

Beat the egg whites in a bowl until they are stiff, and fold them into the wheat mixture.

Mix your ingredients for the pie crust. the dough will be very wet and stick to your hands, keep adding flour until the dough does not stick to your hands and can be rolled out.

Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness to fit your pie dish. Add the filling and with the extra dough create strips to make a lattice top.  Weave the strips, I think this helps them from falling into the mixture, but don't quote me on that
Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  They'll jiggle a little when you take them out of the oven but they will have a beautiful golden color to them. Don't over bake them.  Let them cool off before refrigerating them.
I gave up deserts for Lent. I am so ready to dive into this one!
Buon Appetito!
Happy Easter!

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