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Italian Ricotta Cheese Pie (For Easter) With and Without the Lattice Crust

I just did a little editing to the ingredients. Instead of 1 egg, I discovered that 2 eggs makes the filling a little creamier.

One of Our Easter Traditions

This is a pie that is very rich and so delicious. An Italian cheese pie made with ricotta cheese and little bites of chocolate with a hint of orange. The lattice crust on top makes it pretty also.

There are a few must in our family for Easter and this is one of them. Hopefully I will have the time to feature them all. Hope you get a chance to enjoy this recipe.

Italian Ricotta Cheese Pie

Pie without top crust

Pie without top crust

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Ricotta Cheese Pie with Lattice Crust

With lattice top crust.

With lattice top crust.

To Add Lattice Top

This is one of those rear pies that is equally good with or without the top crust. If you make the lattice crust it is really pretty.

I always use the store bought pie crusts that you only have to roll out when brought to room temperature. Just cut the rolled out crust in thick strips. Lay them across the pie leaving the space the width of the strip, then turn the pie and lay the strips the other way, weaving them in and out of each other.

Trim and flute around the edges of the pie. Brush with an egg wash or just milk and sprinkle coarse sugar on top to give it that shiny golden color and extra flavor to the crust.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

35 min

50 min

Makes about 6 to 8 pieces

Ingredients,, I just added a second egg to the ingredients. It makes it a little creamier.

  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chocolate candy bar (good quality), chopped in pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 -9 pie crusts, or 1 if you are only using the bottom crust


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a 9" pie pan with your favorite pie crust.
  3. Mix ricotta cheese and sugar. Add the egg and rest of ingredients.
  4. Spoon mixture into the prepared pie pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until pie is set.
  5. See top for lattice crust.


  • A tablespoon of orange liquor can be added to this pie also but reduce the zest to 1 tablespoon.
  • You can reduce the orange zest in half in you think it might be too much for you liking.

© 2015 Rachel L Alba


Chris on April 19, 2019:

Marian was making this today with your recipe. I think I’ll give it a try tomorrow. ❤️

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 05, 2015:

Thank you again, Pat for always giving me encouragement with your comments. Thank you for your votes also.

Have a Blessed Easter.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 05, 2015:

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O yes, what a lovely treat for this special day or any day for that matter. Love the quick and easy about it and the flavors and textures will send it over the top.

Voted up++++ shared and pinned

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on March 31, 2015:

Thank you, Phyllis, for visiting. Many hugs back to you also and have a Blessed Easter.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on March 30, 2015:

Another great recipe from you, Rachel, to add to my faves. Thank you and many hugs.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on March 30, 2015:

Thank you tobusiness, very nice of you to visit my hubs and thanks also for the vote.

Blessings to you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on March 30, 2015:

This looks great! I'll be printing out for my folder and sharing. Voted up and awesome.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on March 29, 2015:

Thank you Jackie, for visiting my hubs and the great comment. Let me know if you do try it, what you think.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on March 29, 2015:

Thanks again poetryman, I'm sure if you taste the ricotta with the chocolate you will like it. Ricotta cheese isn't like cottage cheese, it's used in a lot of desserts. Thanks for visiting.


Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 29, 2015:

Sound delicious! Love the idea of the orange zest and chocolate pieces. Will have to try this soon! ^+

poetryman6969 on March 29, 2015:

It's a beautiful looking pie. You do good work! I am not sure about the combination of chocolate and cheese but I don't mind trying it.

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