By Derf on March 18, 2005
Photo by GreenMtnGirl
Photo by GreenMtnGirl
"I hunted through a dozen pages of recipes to make sure this was not duplicating, couldn't find one like it. This is an incredible cake--light, creamy-like custard, flavoured lightly with vanilla, all in one. The perfect Easter pastiera, originally from Martha Stewart Living."
Serving Size: 1 (216 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
"I made this for Easter adn brought it to my Italian in-laws.. they loved it! I used vanilla and baked it much longer(prob. because I didn't drain the ricotta) until it started to brown slighty around th edges of the top. I didn't make the sauce-it was great without it, but will try it next time. Excellent cake, you won't be disappointed!"
"Absolutely Amazing! Thanks Derf! I made this yesterday and it was Great! I don't use whole milk but worked perfectly with 2% and Like JustCallMeJulie, I didn't have a vanilla Bean so I used 2 tsp. vanilla extract (but next time I will get a vanilla bean because I really like the way it looks) I did have to cook it a little longer than specified (but I guess it's different for everyone. I timed it in 5 minute intervals and kept checking it) I will DEFINITELY be making this again, much better than from the Bakery (not to mention less expensive) Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe!"
" Creamy richness! Love the cinnamon and vanilla. I did make changes. First I didn`t take notice of the cheese to be drained for at least 3 hours and didn`t have time for that so I mix in 1/4 cup of flour just because I thought it would be to thin and wouldn`t be firm enough. You would never know that I added the flour and it was still moist and creamy. I did chill this because I made it for the next day just brought it to room temp for a couple hour before serving. But it is great cold or warm. I`m sure it`s even better hot out of the oven. I did have to cook it 10 minutes longer then called for.I cut the strawberries before cooking and they were perfect on the cake! Thanks!"
"The recipe certainly lived up to the enticing pictures that Derf posted with it. It was easy to prepare; the three phases of straining the ricotta, cooking the rice and combing it with the other components, and baking make it an easy cake to make when there is a lot going on in the kitchen. I wish I had a vanilla bean but I did not so I substituted 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract. I baked it in a nonstick, buttered and floured heart-shaped spring form pan and it came out beautifully. I did have to bake it closer to 90 minutes to reach what I considered “done.” It was slightly jiggly in the center, yet firm to the touch. The flavor and texture was out of this world. I served it for Easter dessert and each of my 15 guests ate it and loved it. The sauce seemed to yield a small amount, but you don’t really need much per serving; we felt there was plenty. It was just lovely and I will definitely make it again."
"I made it....It looked so beautiful! We were all excited about tasting the new recipe for the holiday....not so hot. It was nearly flavorless for us. I even used two vanilla beans. I tossed the pie. Bummer because it really cooks up well."
"This is our new tradition cake from now on to serve on Easter day. It was easy to make and was a huge hit with our family this past Easter (sorry for the delay for the review). We loved the sauce, and next time I will double the recipe! Rich"
"I followed the recipe exactly and it was awful. Nobody liked it and it was a huge waist of my time and money. Sorry but I will not be making this again."
"Lovely taste, lovely to present, and beautifully simple. I will make this for every special occasion, now. Thanks, Derf!"
"it was a huge hit on Easter and im planning to make it again for thanksgiving."
"This was absolutely fabulous!!! Very easy to make. I made this dish for Easter dinner and the family went nuts over it. I will make it again and again"
"I usually make this with an egg custard mixed with pre-boiled rice and ricotta. This was a bit easier AND sooooooo creamy. I added chunks of candied pineapple and orange peel, because thats tradition in my family, and I left out the berry sauce they weren't in season. It was still a TREAT!!! Usually we do rice pie with a crust but I liked it better this way. Thanks for posting this. "
"My mom made this for Easter this year and it was really good! We all thought it tasted like rice pudding (which we all love!) Excellent with the strawberry sauce! Thanks for posting Derf!"
"It tasted like rice pudding. I like it, but only me ate it :). "
"This recipe is fantastic. Super easy to make and incredibly tasty. My husband and my 1 1/2 year-old daughter can't seem to get enough of it and they are both picky-eaters. Thank you so much for sharing. It will definetely become a regular at our home."