Easter Pie aka Pizza Rustica

{Baking with Julia} Pizza Rustica

by Megan on April 3, 2012

This week our mission for the {TWD} Baking With Julia  project was Pizza Rustica. There are many variations of this  traditional Italian dish.  Some recipes, use hard boiled eggs in the filling as well as ham. There is as many variations on this classic dish as there is names.  I’ve seen it go by the names of Easter Pie, Ham Pie, Ricotta Pie, and  I’ve also even seen it called a Carnival Pie. This version doesn’t use the hard boiled eggs or ham, but it does use one of my favorite meats, prosciutto!

I almost passed on this weeks assignment. I was a little concerned about how time consuming this recipe would be, and if the family would like it. But it was actually pretty easy, and I’m so glad I made it.

This is a wonderful recipe, the family loved it, and I will be making it again.  It’s a keeper, and a recipe I’ll most likely repeat every Easter.

I believe a tradition has been born.

Pizza Rustica
The crust is a sweet crust, much like a pie dough. It came together ridiculously easy in a food processor, but you can use a pastry cutter and some muscle. Just some flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, butter, and eggs. The hardest part of this crust was trying to keep the scrap pieces out of my mouth. It was so good!

the filling

The filling was even easier. Just mix together the three cheeses, eggs, prosciutto and some fresh parsley. I used an Herb de providence rubbed prosciutto that added an extra layer of flavor. Many people in our group added spinach, mushrooms, and/or peppers to their pies. I stuck to the basic recipe but did consider roasted peppers, but laziness won out. I’ll save the peppers for a quiche.

Rustic pizza pieAll ready for the oven!

Here is my attempt at a pretty lattice topping. Not to bad for a rustic pie!


Easter Pie


This recipes can be found on both of our host blogs.

Capitol Region Dining a

The Place They Call Home.

Thank you Emily and Raelynn for hosting!


{TWD} Baking With Julia is a group of bloggers baking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Cookbook, Baking With Julia. It’s a wonderful cookbook and I  personally recommend it. This recipe, Pizza Rustica,  can be found on pages 430-431.

To join us, check out the Tuesday With Dorie Website.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carla April 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

My god that is beautiful :)

2 Cathleen April 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

Beautiful pie indeed!

3 Frolicking Night Owl April 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

BEAUTIFUL photos!!

4 jora April 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

Your lattice top came out beautifully! I’m very jealous. I love the yellow pie plate, too. Glad you enjoyed this one!

5 Kathy April 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

Your pizza rustica looks perfectly delicious!! Nicely done! Thanks for visiting my blog! Glad to meet you!

6 Blond Duck April 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

You know I love pie!

7 Traci April 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Megan! This looks absolutely beautiful. It came out incredible. What a great job and great photos.

8 Blond Duck April 6, 2012 at 4:10 am

Have a great Easter!

9 Cher April 6, 2012 at 5:31 am

You did such a beautiful job with your pie! Very nice.

10 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes April 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Your lattice looks great. It sounds like a fabulous pie.

11 Salad in a Jar April 10, 2012 at 2:55 am

This recipe looks so good on your blog that I checked out the recipe on the host’s blogs. Girl, you should have been the host. :-)

12 Pru @ Perfecting Pru April 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

This looks so. So good. I hope you had a great Easter

13 Sunshine x 2 April 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

I agree with the dough eating! I couldn’t stop nibbling it while making the crust. I look forward to using the same dough in more recipes. I think the book uses it in one or tow cookie recipes!

14 Helene April 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I should be baking this for my bookclub meeting. I’m sure the girls would love it.

15 james July 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Wow, that looks amazing. I will have to make this.

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