Crostata Di Ricotta Recipe
Author/Submitted by: Jennifer Panek <panek@EPAS.UTORONTO.CA>
Freshly Grated Zest Of 1 Orange
cold, cut in bits
Mix dry ingredients and zest, and blend in butter until it resembles
meal. In a small bowl mix egg, yolk, and vanilla. Add egg mixture to
flour mixture and blend until egg is incorporated. Turn out mixture on a
work surface, knead lightly to distribute egg, and form the dough into
two disks, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap in plastic wrap and
chill for at least 1 hr. Let dough stand at room temperature until
softened but still firm enough to roll.
Roll out larger disk 1/8 inch thick and fit it into a 9 inch tart pan
with a removable fluted rim and crimp the edge (an ordinary pie plate
does fine). Chill the shell for 30 mins.
Let the raisins soak in the grappa or brandy for 30 minutes. Then whisk
everything else together in a large bowl, add the raisin mixture, and pour
Roll out the smaller disk of dough 1/8 inch thick, cut it into 1/2 inch
wide strips, and arrange them about 1 inch apart over the filling,
pressing against the inside of the shell (it's like half of a lattice,
without the cross-strips). Brush the strips with egg-wash. Bake at 350
for 45 minutes or until pastry is golden and a knife inserted in the
centre of the filling comes out clean.
By the way, this recipe always makes more dough than you need. You
can use your imagination for things to do with the leftover dough--mine
usually ends up in little turnovers filled with jam.
This is from the September 1992 issue of Gourmet. I should mention
that it doesn't keep terribly well--nothing drastic happens to it, it
just becomes progressively less delicious each day after it's made.
Fresh, it's heaven.