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easter pie (pizza rustica)

An Italian quiche that is filled with ham, eggs, and cheese, traditionally served on Easter weekend.
Cuisine Neopolitan Easter Holidays
Servings 8 to 10
Author Marie


For the crust:

  • All purpose flour , 2 to 2.5 cups
  • Water reserved from ham (or plain water),1/2 cup
  • Oil , 1/4 cup
  • salt , 1/2 teaspoon
  • Active or instant yeast , 1/4 teaspoon
  • Milk , 2 tablespoons

For the pie:

  • Hard boiled eggs , 4 (sliced)
  • Easter cheese or mozzarella , cubed/sliced, 1.5 cups
  • Prosciutto , boiled then shredded, 8 ounces (reserve water for pie crust dough)
  • Grated cheese (Romano or Parmesan), 1/2 cup
  • Ricotta , 1 cup
  • Eggs , 6
  • ground black pepper , 1 teaspoon

For the egg wash:

  • 1 egg beaten


To make the dough:

  • Combine all ingredients except for flour in large mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 cups of the flour and mix until well combined, about 2 to 3 minutes
  • Add more flour if needed, until a soft dough forms (dough should not be too sticky)
  • Knead for a total of 3 to 4 minutes and then let rest in covered and oiled bowl while you are preparing the filling

To make the filling:

  • Beat the eggs until fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes
  • Add the grated cheese and ricotta (if using) and mix to combine, about 1 minute
  • Add the black pepper and the shredded meat and mix to combine.

To assemble the pie:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease an 8 inch cake pan.
  • Using 2/3 of the dough, roll out a large circle and insert in into the bottom of the cake pan.
  • Layer and small amount of the egg-meat mixture onto the bottom of the pie and then cover with sliced eggs and Easter cheese/mozzarella.
  • Continue layering egg-meat mixture and sliced eggs/Easter cheese, ending with the egg-meat mixture (NOT like shown in the photo:)
  • Using the remaining dough, roll out another circle and top the pie.
  • Press the edges of the dough together to seal and roll as shown the in photo above.
  • Cut slits into the top, brush with egg wash and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.