Linda's Italian Holiday Pie

    1 hour 20 mins

    This festive pie is traditionally served at Christmas or Easter, but is great at any time. The texture - rich yet light - is a wonderful finale to a family or formal dinner!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 8 eggs
    • 3/4 cup (175g) caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup (250ml) milk
    • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
    • 2 (450g) containers ricotta cheese
    • 1 cup (160g) finely chopped red and green candied cherries
    • 2 (24cm) unbaked pie crusts
    • 2 whole candied cherries
    • 1 tablespoon icing sugar for dusting

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F).
    2. Beat the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla together in a mixing bowl until light colored and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Pour in the milk and cream; continue beating to make a smooth mixture. Stir in the ricotta cheese and cherries until evenly blended. Pour into the pie shells.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 165 degrees C (325 degrees F), and bake until set, about 50 minutes more. Cool on racks. When pies are completely cool, dust with icing sugar, and decorate by placing 1 whole cherry in the center of each pie.

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    Excellent! Perfect clone of my ex-MIL's recipe and I didn't have to ask her for it! Light, sweet and citrusy. Used my own candied orange and lemon peels. It generously filled 2 pre-made pie shells. I've been looking for this recipe for years. Thank you Linda!  -  27 Mar 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)