Ricotta Crostata is a classic recipe with unmatched flavor.
A simple shortcrust pastry shell with a ricotta filling.
Nonna to give it even more flavor has added chocolate chips, pine nuts and raisins.
The choice of the type of ricotta to use is subjective and depends on your taste: for a stronger flavor use sheep ricotta, while for a more delicate taste choose cow ricotta.
For The Pasta Frolla (pie pastry):
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at cool room temperature, cut into pieces
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
For The Filling:
- 1 pound (or 15 oz. container) ricotta cheese
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 cup citron, cut into slivers
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup dark raisins, soaked in good-quality rum to cover or Golden Raisins
For Pasta Frolla (pie crust):
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Butter and flour a 9-inch (23-cm) tart pan with removable bottom or a 9-inch springform pan with removable sides.
In a food processor, process flour and sugar.
Add butter, and pulse several times.
Add eggs one at a time, process until just mixed in.
Add grated lemon zest and pulse a few times.
Remove pastry from processor, and shape pastry into a disc and wrap in plastic.
Chill in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
Remove pastry from refrigerator, and bring to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
Cut off one-third of the pastry and set aside.
Lightly flour a marble or wooden surface and roll out the larger piece of dough into a circle slightly larger than the tart pan or (springform pan, if using); drape it over the rolling pin and unfold onto the pan.
Pressing lightly with the fingers, fit the pastry into the pan.
Cut off the excess and add to the pastry set aside.
Set pan aside.
Prepare The Filling:
Put the ricotta through a food mill and add the sugar, mixing roughly with a wooden spoon.
Add all the other ingredients, including the rum in which the raisins have soaked, then pour the ricotta filling into the prepared shell.
Roll out the reserved pastry on a lightly floured wooden or marble surface and cut into strips 1 inch (5 cm) wide.
Lattice the strips on top of the pie.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until slightly browned.
Cool on a rack for 10 minutes before turning out.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
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NONNA’S RICOTTA, RAISINS AND ALMONDS CROSTATAPosted on November 12, 2021
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