Italian Rice Pie

    2 hours

    This sweet rice pie is a dessert traditionally served at Easter by many Italian families. But this version is so good, I make it more often than that.

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    Serves: 16 

    • Pie Base
    • 2 1/2 cups (300g) plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 65g butter
    • 1/2 cup (75g) white sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • Filling
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 1/2 cup (95g) uncooked white rice
    • 1 litre milk
    • 470g ricotta cheese
    • 1 1/2 cups (345g) white sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
    • 6 eggs

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour30min  ›  Ready in:2hours 

    1. Stir the flour and baking powder together in a bowl; set aside. In a second large bowl cream the butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in 3 eggs one at a time and stir in the vanilla. Gradually mix in the flour mixture to make a soft dough. Divide the dough in half and shape into two balls. Working on a lightly floured surface roll out each ball to fit two 25cm pie dishes. Line the pie dishes with the base and refrigerate until needed.
    2. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan and stir in the rice. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the milk. Continue cooking, stirring frequently until the mixture thickens. Set aside to cool.
    3. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C.
    4. Meanwhile whisk the ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel and 6 eggs together in a mixing bowl until smooth and frothy. Stir in the cooled rice mixture until evenly blended. Pour into the pie bases.
    5. Bake pies in preheated oven until the filling is set and tops are golden brown: about 90 minutes. Cool on cake racks.

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    The pie was excellent, but the crust burned. Why?  -  08 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My husband and I fell in love with an store bought Italian Rice pie when we lived in NJ. I found this recipe and decided to surprise my husband with it for Easter. It was a hit! I didn't make the pie crust this time, but will defintely give it a try. While the recipe turned out great, I would like to suggest that a time frame be put in Step 2. The recipe reads "until mixture thickens." Not having cooked a recipe like this before, I had no idea how long to cook it. A time frame would have been helpful, as a guide at least. But this is a new family favorite, sure to grace our table time and again.  -  24 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made this recipe and I had the smae issues with the crust burning. I bought a "pie kit" and used the rim protectors included in the box. But I think it is because of the amount of sugar in the crust as well as the filling having to bake so long. Maybe a cup less of milk.  -  21 Apr 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)