Thursday, August 5, 2010

Chef Chuck's Lemon Ricotta Pie






Torta di Ricotta al Limone


A delicate and soft ricotta pie with fresh lemon, melted chocolate and a buttery crust. A perfect dessert for a summer evening that will surely stimulate your taste buds. The texture was like a fluffy cheesecake.


Lemon Ricotta Pie
Dough
8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
rind of 1/2 a lemon
pinch of salt


Filling
1 1/2 cups ricotta
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
2 eggs
rind of 1/2 a lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
pinch of salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate
powdered sugar for dusting


Prepare dough in a mixer or by hand. Blend butter and flour then add sugar and pinch of salt. Add 1 egg and 1 egg yolk reserving egg white to brush on pastry strips. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.


Filling
In a mixer blend ricotta till smooth, add sugar, flour, 2 egg yolks, rind and juice of half a lemon, and a pinch of salt. Beat egg whites till stiff, gently fold in batter.
Roll dough out on a floured board, it may break but once in the 8 or 9 inch pan it can be patched easily using your fingers! Add chocolate on top of dough, then fill with ricotta mixture. Add pastry strips and brush with remaining egg white. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, till golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, refrigerate then serve.

16 comments:

  1. thanks for sending this lovely recipe to me delicious! wow

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  2. Hello Pegasuslegend! This is my pleasure, so glad you enjoy! Thank you :)

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  3. Two of my favorite things--lemon and chocolate. I love this recipe Chuck! Thx for sharing it. Hope you are having a great summer.

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  4. Hello Yankeesoaper! So nice to hear from you! Glad I got your favorites!!
    Yes, the summer is GREAT!
    Enjoy yours:)

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  5. I'm love the ricotta pie with the chocolate.

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  6. Hello Food Hunter, So glad you like!!
    Thank you :)

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  7. ohhh you put chocolate in here? at first i thought it was a layer of nuts (which would be good too). so yes, i love this!

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  8. Hi vanillasugar, I found out, Lemon and Chocolate can be friends!
    Yes, nuts would work great, yumm...
    I think together, we could come up with a killer dessert, what do you think!!
    Thank you :)

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  9. Hey Chuck, I saw the title of this with lemon and ricotta and thought 'that sounds nice'. Then I noticed you layered some dark chocolate in there-lemon, ricotta and chocolate-yum! Lovely.
    p.s. Glad to find you here in the blogosphere by the way!

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  10. Hello Stella, So nice you noticed this sweet delight! That layer of chocolate does wonders to this pie!
    Same here, nice to have found you Stella!!
    Thank you:)

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  11. Oh Chuck, this belongs to my childhood (only yesterday, what do you think!!) Yes, it was a Sunday classic, for tea with my friends, the ricotta pie (but my mother used to buy it from the local bakery) I love ricotta with lemon...ricotta canneloni too !!!
    Take care!

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  12. Yes Cristina, I am so glad this brings back great memorizes!! Love it! This is what it is all about!!
    Your wonderful, Chistina!!!
    Thank you:)

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  13. Hi Diana, Yes, lovely it is!! Thank you :)

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  14. I so much love fresh ricotta & this tarte with ricotta looks fenomenal & ooh so fabulous too!

    A lovely & appetizing tasty ricotta tarte!

    Yummmm,...:)

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  15. Hi Sophie!! The ricotta was soooo smooth! The chocolate also joined hands well!!
    Thank you, take care:)

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