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Easter Pie

Easter Pie is a specialty in many Italian homes, so mothers make sure their daughters master the recipe to ensure that the tradition continues. —Barbara Tierney, Farmington, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • CRUST:
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Dash salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup diced citron, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash ground nutmeg


  • In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder; cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles small crumbs. Add eggs; stir until moistened and mixture forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 10-in. circle. Place in a 9-in. pie plate; flute crust. Refrigerate.
  • For filling, beat the ricotta, sugar and flour in a bowl. Add zest and salt; beat until smooth. In another bowl, beat eggs until thick and lemon-colored, about 5 minutes; slowly fold into ricotta mixture. Gently mix in remaining ingredients. Pour into the crust. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 482 calories, 23g fat (11g saturated fat), 196mg cholesterol, 349mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • clm846
    Apr 11, 2020

    I make this recipe every year. There is no step missing. When the chocolate chips settle when it's baking it looks like this. I double the recipe for 2 pies and put the chocolate chips in after I fill the pie dish. The chocolate chips stay on top.

  • cbtenney
    Apr 2, 2020

    Patience.. you need to click on view recipe to get the rest of the recipe

  • Patience
    Apr 1, 2020

    I like others would love to make this but agree that there seems to be a step missing. Please, editors, comment on this . Or, someone who has made this recipe, tell us what we're missing! I's love to try it and give it five stars. But, don't want to waste my ingredients if the recipe is not correct.

  • Ceege
    Mar 28, 2018

    cmdege, I agree. It looks like a step is missing. There are more layers in the pictured pie than stated in the recipe.. Perhaps someone can give us a clue.

  • cmdege
    Apr 16, 2015

    Am I missing something? The pie looks like layers, yet the recipe seems to have a simple 1 layer filling. Thought I would ask? Thanks

    Apr 20, 2011

    Would also make for other holidays

  • NPE
    Mar 31, 2011

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    Mar 17, 2011

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    Apr 10, 2009

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