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If you like cheesecake and/or custard – you must try this Italian recipe for dessert. Italian ricotta pie has a very similar consistency as a regular cheesecake.
Really? Ricotta in a Pie?
Yes. I decided to create this recipe not because I wanted to, but because my husband kept talking about how he wanted me to learn it – he absolutely loves ricotta pie.
So after comparing recipes and modifying quantities and ingredients to suit my own tastes, I finally came up with an easy and delicious recipe.
When you think of ricotta pie, you can’t think of it like that which is straight out of the container. With this recipe, you take the ricotta and you mix with a mixer along with sugar, flour, salt and egg yolks. And you mix it until it is very smooth.
The egg whites are turned into stiff peaks in its own separate bowl and then folded in. This helps add a lightness to the whole pie. Top it with some fruit to add sweetness to it.
Who Eats Ricotta Pie?
Well, I do now. It’s more an Italian dessert, so I’d assume Italians. But obviously anyone can prepare and eat it. Ricotta pie is often served at Easter or other holidays.
It’s super easy to make. I’m glad I did a video for this recipe so you can see how easy it actually is. I have a reader who emailed me and told me he prepared this dish for a church function and it was completely eaten up… and… it tasted just like how he remembered it from his earlier years.
That was pretty cool to get an email like that.
Now I’m a big fan of ricotta pie too. I hope you try it – it makes a great dessert and will impress your family and friends!
Watch my video to see how easy it really is!
Ricotta Pie Recipe
- 1 lb ricotta cheese use whole milk version
- 3 TBLE sugar
- 1 TBLE flour
- 3 egg whites
- 3 egg yolks
- pinch salt
In a large mixing bowl combine ricotta, salt, sugar, flour and egg yolks (not egg whites!).
Mix with a mixer until very smooth - about 2 minutes on medium speed.
In a separate medium bowl, mix the egg whites until there are stiff peaks. This takes about 1 1/2 min. on high with a mixer using the whisk attachments.
When ready, gently fold the egg whites into the cheese mixture until well blended.
Meanwhile flour the cake pan lightly or spring form pan. (see tip below if unsure how to do this).
Pour the mixture gently into the pan and give a good tap on the counter to make level.
Bake at 375 degrees F. for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven when done and let cool for about 1 hour (if you can wait that long). The pie will "deflate" so do not worry when that happens.
When ready to serve, top with strawberries and confectioners sugar. Enjoy!
TIP #1: To flour the pan, spray with cooking spray and then sprinkle some flour on the bottom and sides. Roll the pan and tap the sides over the sink to evenly coat the whole pan and get rid of any excess flour.
TIP #2: Adding the confectioners sugar right before serving is good because the sugar will dissolve if you do it any sooner.
Tip #3: Try other toppings, not just what I used. Try different berries or add in some candied fruit!
Kitchenware, Gadgets and Tools Recommended for Use in this Recipe: