Easy No Crust Easter Pastiera
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Easy No Crust Easter Pastiera

This simplified Pastiera  is a take on the traditional Neopolitan recipe which is usually made with a pie crust.  Easy No Crust Pastiera has all the flavor but less work!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword No Crust Pastiera; Italian Easter desserts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 387kcal
Author Nadia Fazio

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • unsalted butter, for pan
  • 3 lbs fresh ricotta, drained through cheesecloth at least 2 hours
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • powdered sugar, for serving

Instructions

  • In a large sauce pan, bring the milk to a boil over medium high heat.  Add the cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract.  Stir in the rice. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all the milk has been absorbed, about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the lemon zest and 1/2 cup sugar. Let cool completely, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and lightly flour an -8 inch springform pan. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, whole eggs and egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Use a spatula to fold in the cooled rice mixture. Pour into the prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet in case of leakage while baking. 
  • Bake about 90 minutes, until golden. Cover with foil if starting to brown too much. Transfer pan to cooling rack.
  • When the pastiera has cooled completely, run a knife around the edge to loosen the ring before removing it. Dust with powdered  sugar before serving. Keep refrigerated.

Notes

  • It is important to drain the ricotta of excess water. If the batter is too wet, it will take forever for the cake to set while baking.  
  • The cake will still be slightly jiggly in the center when you take it out of the oven.  However, it will set as it cools so resist the temptation to over bake it.
  • I recommend you make it a day ahead as it tastes better after it has been refrigerated and the flavors have had time to blend together.

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 256mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 15.2% | Vitamin C: 0.8% | Calcium: 33.9% | Iron: 7.2%