Friday, April 9, 2010

A Healthy Pizza Rustica (Ricotta Pie, Maltese Style)

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

I received a few e mails with healthier versions of Carmela's Pizza Rustica.

Here is Maria D.'s recipe.

                        Pizza Rustica

grease 9 inch spring form pan          
preheat oven to 400º           
bake 45 min. 

with electric beater mix
1 pound ricotta cheese
1 1/2 Cups sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon extract
beat until smooth
set aside
sift together
3 Cups flour
1/2 Cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
cut in
1/2 Cup margarine or 3 oz. oil
pour in
1/2 Cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
mix quickly 

Knead 5 turns on a floured board
add more milk if dough is too stiff to roll

Use 2/3 of dough for bottom crust 

Roll out remaining dough 
cut into 1/2 inch strips

Pour cheese mixture into pan
Form lattice top
bake 45 minutes or until brown
cool on a rack

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