Wheat Pie

Total Time:
3 hr 31 min
Prep:
1 hr 10 min
Inactive:
36 min
Cook:
1 hr 45 min

Yield:
2 pies

Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 beaten eggs and water to fill 3/4 cup
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 pound bulghur wheat soaked overnight
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 1/2 pounds ricotta
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water
  • Custard:
  • 1 cup milk plus 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions

Crust: Cream butter and sugar. Add flour, baking powder and vanilla. Blend with a fork. Add eggs and water. Work with hands until dough is manageable. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Form into a ball, put in a bowl, cover and chill overnight. The next day, divide dough into 4 parts, 2 larger than the others. Roll the large pieces between floured waxed paper into large discs about 1/8-inch thick. Line 2 (10-inch) pie pans with dough. Roll out smaller pieces of dough about 1/3-inch thick and cut into 3/4-inch strips for lattice toppings. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Filling: Prepare wheat. Cover with fresh water, add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil uncovered (stir frequently to prevent sticking). Drain water and add 1/2 cup scalded milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, and boil for 5 minutes. Add orange peel, mix and allow to cool.

Put ricotta in large bowl, put sugar on top and let stand for 5 minutes. Do not mix with an electric appliance, mix well with a wooden spoon. Beat eggs and add to ricotta mixture. Add orange marmalade, and orange blossom water. Add cooked wheat. Set aside and make custard.

Heat 1 cup milk and butter in a saucepan. Add 1/2 cup cold milk to dry ingredients, stir until smooth and then add this to hot milk and butter in saucepan. Stir constantly until thick. Take 2 slightly beaten eggs and add 1/4 cup of hot mixture to eggs. Cook on low for 2 minutes. Let cool and add a teaspoon of vanilla. Add this back to ingredients in saucepan. You will have a thick custard, fold custard into the ricotta mixture gently.

Pour filling into the piecrust. Then put a lattice piecrust on top. Brush with milk and put in oven at 350 degree for 1 hour or until the middle is firm. Put in refrigerator overnight and serve cold.

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