Italian Easter Pizza

    1 hour 40 mins

    This is a very old favourite of Aunt Dora's collection. I believe it's also called a pie, but this is a hearty dish as a snack or breakfast meal. I now have to make it twice a year, so no one can wait for Easter only in my family!

    9 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 5 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
    • 1 cup (250ml) milk
    • 3 eggs
    • 1.5kg mild Italian sausage
    • 3 (450g) containers ricotta cheese
    • 5 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • 9 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
    • 1 egg, beaten

    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Make the dough first. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Combine the oil, milk and 3 eggs, pour into the dry ingredients and stir until the dough holds together well. If you have a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment to mix until smooth.
    2. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). Divide the dough in half. Roll out one half of the dough to fit a 36x47cm (14x18 inch) baking tin with sides that come up at least 1.5cm. If the dough is too stiff to roll out to that size, let it rest for a few minutes and come back to it. Fit the dough into the baking tin. Set aside.
    3. Place the sausage into a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring to crumble, until no longer pink. Drain off the grease and set aside to cool. Mix together the ricotta cheese, 5 eggs, salt, pepper and hard-cooked eggs in a large bowl. When the sausage is cool, stir it into the cheese and eggs. Spread this mixture evenly over the crust in the pan. Roll out the remaining dough and place on top. Roll the edges and pinch together to seal. Brush the top crust with the beaten egg.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 1 hour. Cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into servings. This can be served warm or cold.

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    This is the same recipe that was given to me when I was a newly wed living in the old Italian neighborhood in Chicago by by landlady. It is out of this world good - and is one of my favorite comfort foods. I love it best cold. Glad to find this recipe again.  -  24 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is an old recipe my Grandmother and my Mom make. The only difference is we also add diced ham to it. That also makes it great. It is the best food!  -  29 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    you should try this with fresh cheese that comes out at easter another name for this is pizzagaina  -  13 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)