Wheat and Ricotta Cake (Napoletana)

L'Antro dell'Alchimista
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Wheat and Ricotta Cake (Napoletana)
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Description

Pastiera Napoletana is a beloved Italian Easter cake that's popular in Naples and features a crisp crust and an interior that's like a mash-up of cheesecake and rice pudding. Its aromatics come from vanilla, orange flower water and a mixture of candied fruit. Every family has their own recipe, meaning variations abound. You'll want to sprinkle yours with powdered sugar before serving — it's the final pièce de résistance.

Ingredients

250 grams plain flour
145 grams butter
300 grams sugar
2 egg yolks
1 lemon
salt
200 grams wheat (cooked)
300 milliliters whole milk
1 teaspoon lard (or butter)
250 grams ricotta cheese
3 whole eggs
100 grams candied fruit (mixed)
1 teaspoon orange flower water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
powdered sugar

Directions

1Sieve the flour into a bowl and add 130 grams of butter, cut into lumps.
2Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.
3Make a well and add 200 grams of sugar, the egg yolks, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt.
4Mix together with a fork and then gently incorporate the flour into the mixture.
5Form into a dough ball, cover and refrigerate for an hour.
6Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
7In a pan, add the cooked wheat, 200 milliliters of milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, a pinch of salt and the remaining butter. Mix well. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
8In another bowl, add the ricotta cheese with the remaining milk.
9In another bowl, beat the whole eggs with the sugar. Add the ricotta, candied fruit, orange blossom water, vanilla extract, baking powder, and the cooked wheat mixture. Mix well.
10Grease and flour a round cake pan and line the base and sides with the pastry dough, keeping aside some pastry for the lattice strips.
11Pour in the mixture and cover with remaining strips of pastry to form a lattice design.
12Bake the cake for 1 1/2 hours until golden brown.
13Leave to cool in the oven with the door open.
14Once completely cool sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
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NutritionView more

1290Calories
Sodium30%DV710mg
Fat75%DV49g
Protein57%DV29g
Carbs64%DV191g
Fiber16%DV4g

PER SERVING *

Calories1290Calories from Fat440
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Fat49g75%
Saturated Fat27g135%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol380mg127%
Sodium710mg30%
Potassium580mg17%
Protein29g57%
Calories from Fat440
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Carbohydrate191g64%
Dietary Fiber4g16%
Sugars102g204%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron

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