Linda's Italian Holiday Pie

Linda's Italian Holiday Pie

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About this recipe: 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!

Linda Wood

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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