Italian Rice Pie (Pastiera di Riso)
Italian Rice Pie (Pastiera di Riso)
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    Italian wheat pies—filled with a rich ricotta custard studded with tender wheat berries—are associated with Easter celebrations, but according to author Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez, rice pies are just as classic and in her estimation, taste better. Eriquez had been making wheat pies for years when she had some extra dough a while back and used it to make a rice pie. "My family went berserk. They went crazy for it!" said Eriquez with a laugh. "Rice is more tender. It has a nicer taste than wheat," she explained. "If you give my family a choice, they're going to ask for the rice before the wheat." The pastry dough, pasta frolla, is delicate and tears easily, so if it softens, quickly chill it in the freezer for a few minutes. And don't worry about the tears; they patch easily.

    Ingredients

    • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 6 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 sticks (1 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
    • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 3/4 cup Arborio rice
    • 4 cups water
    • 5 large egg yolks, divided
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1 pound ricotta (preferably fresh or homemade ; 2 cups)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
    • Strawberries in Sambuca

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 12
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 274 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 5 g 7.22%
    • Saturated Fat: 3 g 13.35%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 13 mg 4.21%
    • Sodium: 286 mg 11.92%
    • Calcium: 72 mg 7.25%
    • Potassium: 42 mg 1.21%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 2 mg 9.66%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 53 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 2 g 6.28%
    • Sugar: 15 g
    • Protein: 6 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 2.47%
    • Vitamin C 1.11%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat1
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs1
    • Exchange - Starch2
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total3 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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