Grandma’s Ricotta Pie

I have mentioned my Grandma before. She is the special woman who made the delicious Zucchini Pies. I have loads of memories of my Grandma and special things she cooked and baked, but not many exact recipes. That’s where my Aunt June comes in. She knows all the family history and stories. She’s a great storyteller. In her hallway of her house she has beautiful old pictures of all the ancestors. It’s amazing. I went to her for some of my grandma’s best recipes. That’s where I got the Ricotta Pie. My mom didn’t usually make this for Easter, but said when she was a kid my Grandma always did. And it was the only ricotta pie my mom liked. It is also known as Italian Cheesecake and traditionally served on Easter. So I got to baking. The funny thing is, I compared this recipe to other ricotta pie recipes and I found all of them were very different. I thought it was interesting. Some used lemon, vanilla, chocolate chips and some did not.  My sister Ali was visiting and we wanted to celebrate her birthday. She loves ricotta pie so this was her birthday cake! This was difficult for me because I never made it before and haven’t eaten it a lot so wasn’t sure exactly how it should end up. I do have to say it was a hit!  My mom said it was so good and exactly how she remembered it. I love that my aunt had the handwritten recipe of my Grandmas. This recipe literally made three pies. So I’m gonna scale it down for you and make it a little easier. When my aunt makes it she uses store bought dough for the bottom and then does the lattice top. I did the lattice top on two of them but it’s not really necessary, though delicious! I think next time I might do a graham cracker crust. That would be yummy 😋. But let’s keep it simple this time.  No crust on bottom or top.  Enjoy the slideshow!

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Grandma's Ricotta Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds of ricotta
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 pints of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 eggs separated(yolk in one bowl and whites in another)
  • Confectioners sugar to sprinkle on top in the end.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to bake 300 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl beat the ricotta with an electric mixer. It will get creamy.
  3. Add sugar, flour and lemon juice. Beat thoroughly.
  4. In a small bowl beat the egg yolks until lemon colored. It will take a little while, but they will get lighter in color. Be patient.
  5. In a medium bowl beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. You will basically be making whipped cream at this point.
  6. Fold the heavy cream into the ricotta.
  7. In a small bowl beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into ricotta.
  8. Pour filling into a springform pan. (That is what my Aunt June uses when she doesn’t do a crust. Even though the recipe says to use a glass pie pan.)
  9. Bake for 1 hour.
  10. Turn oven off and leave in for one more hour.
  11. When it is done it should be firm. Not jiggly.
  12. Let cool and refrigerate. Serve cold.
  13. Remove spring pan and sprinkle the top with lots of confectioners sugar.

Enjoy and Hoppy Easter 🐰

There are a couple of kitchen items you will need before you begin:

Mixing bowls

You can use a hand mixer but this Kitchenaid Stand Mixer would be awesome!

If you are making this ricotta pie without a crust, you should use a springform pan.  If you are making it with a crust, you should use a glass pie pan.

And of course a sugar shaker for sprinkling sugar in the end…

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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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