Neapolitan Pastiera Made with Rice Flour

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Pastiera Napoletana is a classic Easter pie that has the rather unexpected presence of cooked grains in the rich filling that also includes eggs, ricotta cheese, candied fruit, and orange flower water. In this version, rice flour is used to make the crust, made tender with the addition of eggs and scented with grated lemon zest. Don’t worry if the filling is loose and liquidy before spreading it in the pie shell; it will set up nicely during baking.


  • 250 grams rice flour
  • 130 grams butter
  • 320 grams sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • salt
  • grated lemon peel
  • 200 grams wheat
  • 300 milliliters whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 250 grams ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 grams candied fruits
  • 100 milliliters orange blossom water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar


  1. Place the sifted flour on a work surface, cut the butter into pieces and rub the butter together with the flour by using your fingers, until it is of a flaky consistency.
  2. Make a well in the center and add the sugar, the eggs, the lemon peel, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Use a fork and beat the ingredients in the well, beginning to incorporate them with the flour, working quickly.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap. and refrigerate it for at least an hour.
  5. Pour the cooked wheat into a saucepan with 200 milliliters of milk, a tablespoon of sugar, a pinch of salt and the shortening.
  6. Stir well and simmer it on low heat for approximately 10 minutes.
  7. Dilute the ricotta cheese in a bowl with 100 milliliters milk.
  8. Beat the 3 eggs with the sugar in a bowl.
  9. Add the ricotta cheese, candied fruits, orange blossom water, vanilla, and the slightly cooled cooked wheat to the egg mixture.
  10. Combine well, the mixture will be rather liquid.
  11. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  12. Place the sheet of pie crust inside, covering the border as well and keeping some dough for the strips for the top of the pie.
  13. Pour the filling into the pie plate and add some strips of dough to the top in a grid pattern.
  14. Bake for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the surface is golden.
  15. Turn off the oven, let the pie cool inside with the oven door open.
  16. Once the pie has cooled completely, sprinkle it with powdered sugar.
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NutritionView more



Calories1280Calories from Fat410
Total Fat46g71%
Saturated Fat25g125%
Trans Fat0g
Calories from Fat410
Total Carbohydrate196g65%
Dietary Fiber2g8%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Kristin A. 4 Jun 2015
This recipe took me by surprise when I finally made it last week. Not only was it super sweet but you got to enjoy the candied fruit all throughout it. It was simple and easy to make and it stayed nice and moist even the next day. Definitely a 4 star recipe I will be making again.