Ricotta Tart: Torta di Ricotta

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
45 min
45 min

6 to 8 servings

  • Pasta Frolla:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons milk or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Ricotta Filling:
  • 1 1/2 pounds ricotta
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • Water
  • For the pasta frolla: Combine sugar, butter, egg, milk, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Fold in the flour but do not over mix; make sure that the mixture remains cool and does not become pasty. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes, or until firm.

  • For the Ricotta Filling: Place the ricotta in a large bowl stir in the sugar, then the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla being careful not to over mix.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Cut off 1/2 of the pasta frolla and reserve. Roll 1/2 of the dough into a 14-inch disc and line a 9-inch cake pan with it. Allow the dough to hang over the edge of the pan. Roll out the reserved dough into a 10-inch circle. Reserve. Pour the ricotta filling into the crust base. Lay the reserved 10-inch circle of dough on the top of the filling. Trim the excess so there is a 1/2 to 3/4-inch overhang. Take the flap of dough left on the edge of the ring and roll it on itself so that it rests completely within the pan.

  • In a small bowl, beat together the egg with a pinch of salt and a few drops of water to make an egg wash. Brush the surface of the torta with the beaten egg mixture. Place the torta in the lower third of the oven and bake for about 45 minutes until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

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I did it also on with a bottom crust, and added pinenuts, orange rind and raisins to the ricotta, It came out like a torte we had in tuscany! Super yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very authentic tasting torta. However, in Florence, Italy it is made without the top crust, so I made it with bottom crust only, placing the rolled-out dough in a tart pan with removable bottom and for extra flavor I added the grated peel of one medium orange to the cheese mixture. I baked it as directed until the top was barely brown. It tasted just like the one I had in Florence! Serve with a side of berries--delicious! I love it because it's not as rich cheesecake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Off the hook delicious!!!!!!!! But I do think I can tweak the filling a little. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicatesse, taste item not reviewed by moderator and published

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