Pastiera Napoletana

INGREDIENTS (serves 8)


300 g plain flour

1 tbsp sugar

150 g unsalted butter

1 egg

150 ml water

Icing sugar for dusting


350 g grano cotto

250 ml milk

30 g unsalted butter

1 lemon, zest only

2 eggs

2 eggs yolk

30 g sugar

350 g ricotta cheese

40 g candied citrus fruit (optional)

40 g candied orange peel (optional)

20 g orange blossom water

¼ tsp vanilla paste.


STEP 1: to make the pastry

MIX the flour and sugar in a bowl

CUT the cold butter into small pieces

PULSE together in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs

ADD the egg and lemon zest

TRANSFER the mixture on a floured surface

KNEAD until the mixture comes together. If it’s a bit dry, add some cold water, a
tablespoon at a time until it forms a dough; if it’s too wet, add a bit of flour.

COVER in cling film and rest for 30 mins or overnight

Step 2: to make the filling

PLACE the cooked wheat berries, butter, milk and lemonzest in a saucepan

BRING TO A BOIL gently, stirring occasionally until it becomes very thick and
creamy, about 15 mins


BEAT the eggs and extra yolks with the ricotta cheese, sugar and orange blossom
water until creamy.

LEAVE this mixture to rest several hours in the fridge. Possibly overnight

Step 3

MIX the cooled wheat berry cream and the ricotta mixture together with the finely
chopped candied fruit

Step 4

ROLL OUT about two thirds of the pastry

PLACE it in a 10 inch (24 cm) greased springform tin

TRIM the extra dough from the tin

ROLL OUT again and CUT long strips with a pastry crimper wheel

Step 5: to assemble the ‘pastiera’

FILL the pastry base with the ricotta mixture and even out the borders

EVEN OUT the borders of the pastry to the level of the mixture

LAY the long strips gently across the top to form a criss-cross diamond pattern (not

PRESS the strips on the edge of the pastry very gently

Step 6: to bake and serve the pastiera

BAKE it for 1 hour at 390° (200° C) until the pastry is golden and the pastiera is
amber-brown on top

ALLOW TO COOL completely inside the springform pan before removing or chilling.

SIFT over the top some powdered sugar for decoration

STORE the leftovers in the fridge for a few days

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