Momma's Italian Pastierra or Holiday Pie

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READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 24
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large bowl, cream together sugar and softened butter.
  • To this, add egg yolks one at a time alternating between flour also added a bit at a time.
  • Add 1 Tbsp.
  • water at a time, until all is incorporated and dough is smooth.
  • Set aside; and keep in a cool place to rest until ready to roll out while you prepare the filling.
  • FILLING: I do all this is a food processor but it can be done with an electric mixer easily.
  • Add the cheese, eggs, sugar,*orange water, zest of lemon, zest of orange and mix well until smooth.
  • Set aside.
  • Mix in cherries and citron by hand.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/4-inch thick and fit into the bottom and up the sides of a 15" round, 4" high cake pan.
  • This dough is very forgiving and can be manipulated easily to fit the pan and to patch torn areas.
  • If you have extra dough, roll and cutout thin strips to place on top of filling in a lattice pattern.
  • On top of dough, cut and place 1/2-inch slices of sponge cake to fit around the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of sponge cake.
  • Pour batter into pan.
  • Top with lattice strips.
  • Preheat oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  • Bake for 1-1/4 hours.
  • Turn off oven and leave the pie in the oven with door open to cool slowly.
  • After completely cooled, dust the top of the pie with confectionery sugar.
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