Torta Pasqualina – Artichoke Savory Pie

Pasqualina cake in the plate – Roger469 CC BY-SA 3.0


2 lbs., 4 oz. four
4 oz. extra virgin olive oil

12 artichokes
One lb. ricotta
1 cup olive oil
1/4 lb. grated Parmigiano
One sprig parsley
2 oz. butter
One small onion, chopped
Nine eggs

How to make the Torta Pasqualina -Artichoke Savory Pie:

Make the torta pasqualina: Make a soft dough with flour, oil, a pinch of salt, and cold water. Knead well until the dough becomes elastic. Divide the dough into 12-18 balls the size of an egg, keeping each in a wet cloth and setting aside. In the meantime, prepare the stuffing as follows:

Wash the artichokes and cut them into thin slices. Saute the onion and parsley with oil, add the artichokes and cook for 15 min. Let cool. Then combine Parmigiano and ricotta with three eggs, add salt and pepper and mix with the sauteed artichokes. Set aside.

Flatten each piece of dough, one at a time, making each a fragile disk, more significant than the baking pan you are going to use. Next, place the first circle of dough in a greased 12-in. baking pan, making sure the dough is about 1/2-inch more comprehensive than the pan, and brush the surface with oil.

Place another disk over it and repeat until you have used 6-9 disks. Pour the stuffing over and make six small cavities close to the border. Pour a raw egg into each hole and sprinkle each with salt, pepper, Parmigiano, and butter flakes.

Cover with all the remaining disks of dough. Each brushed with oil. Pinch the borders of the torta pasqualina and trim the excess dough, prick the top of the pie in a few places and then brush with oil.

Torta pasqualina can be made with other vegetables instead of artichokes. Bake the torta pasqualina for about one hour at 400°F and serve at room temperature.

Torta Pasqualina – Artichoke Savory Pie is a Regional recipe from Liguria.

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