To make the Dough
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
* 1 tablespoon or more ice water
* 1 carton (15 ounces) whole milk ricotta cheese
* 1 package (7.5 ounces) farmer cheese
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* 1/4 cup Romana Sambuca Liqueur
* 1/2 cup pine nuts, preferably toasted (see Note)
* 1/4 cup finely diced candied orange peel or other dried fruit
* 1 cup dried cherries, cranberries or golden raisins
* Egg wash: 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon of milk.
need a round cake pan, preferably with a loose bottom, 9 inches
in diameter and 1 1/2 inches deep.
the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, salt
and process until blended. Add the butter and process until
broken into the flour. Add the eggs and ice water to the flour
and process, by pulsing several times, until the dough comes
together. If the dough seems dry, add another teaspoon or so
of ice water. Turn the dough onto a board and gather it into
a ball. Flatten the dough slightly, wrap it in waxed paper and
refrigerate for 30 minutes.
the oven to 375 degrees F.
a pastry board and rolling pin. Remove 2/3's of the dough and
roll it into a circle about 1/4-inch thick and 11 inches in
diameter. Line the cake pan with the dough, pressing it into
the bottom and up the sides of the pan. If it breaks apart,
don't worry, just press it back into shape. Roll the remaining
1/3 of dough into a circle about 3/8 -inch thick and 10 inches
in diameter. Divide this circle into 10 strips, each about 1/2-inch
wide; this will be for the lattice top.
a food processor, combine the ricotta and farmer's cheese, sugar,
flour, egg and Sambuca and process until smooth. Transfer the
filling to a mixing bowl and fold in the pine nuts, candied
orange peel and cherries, or golden raisins and transfer this
to the dough-lined cake pan.
5 strips of dough across the ricotta filling and set the other
5 strips across them, at a 45 degree angle, to form a lattice.
With a pastry brush, paint the lattice top and edges with the
the cake pan on a baking pan and bake for 1 hour or until the
filling has set and the crust is golden. Remove the cake and
cool it thoroughly on a rack before unmolding. Right before
serving, shake the confectioners' sugar through a sieve to completely
coat the top.