Italian Specialty Easter Dessert

Choose this extravagant finale for your Easter celebration. My Italian friends applauded their approval and excitement to see a familiar memory from their past! Perfect to make ahead and it will cut into 12 servings.

Italian, Ricotta Pastry Dessert

Pastry Dough

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cups cold, unsalted butter-diced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp Marsala or other sweet wine and possibly 1 Tbsp ice cold water.

Pastry Method

  1. Place all dry ingredients in food processor, blend.
  2. Pulse in cold butter until coarse crumbs.
  3. Mix egg and Marsala, pulse twice
  4. Add 1 Tbsp cold water just to hold together.
  5. Divide ball of dough into 1/3 and 2/3, and shape into disks- chill 1 hour.


  • 32 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 11/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp grated lemon and also orange rind
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 eggs beaten


  1. Mix together the 32oz ricotta, flour lemon and orange zest and almond extract.
  2. With mixer set at medium, beat mixture until smooth, (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add cream, raisins, until well combined. Stir in eggs, set aside.

Final assembly Oven 350F

  1. On lightly floured counter, roll chilled dough into 13″ round disk and a 9″ disk.
  2. In an ungreased 9″ spring form pan, fold over pin and drop into the bottom, gently pressing with fingers up the sides 3/4 of the way to the top of the pan. Chill briefly.
  3. Roll the second disk into a 9″ circle  and cut into 1/2″ wide strips. Chill briefly.
  4. Fill the chilled pastry with prepared filling.
  5. Arrange pastry strips in a lattice over top, pressing ends down inside pan, then trim any excess bits.
  6. Bake about 1 hr and 40 minutes, testing the center with a tooth pick to come out slightly moist.
  7. Turn off oven and leave door slightly ajar, and let pastry sit for 1 hour.
  8. Remove and cool completely, then cover and chill.
  9. When ready to serve, release cake from pan and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.



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