Jessica S Recipe

Easter Rice Pie

By Jessica S jmsqueglia

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Jessica's Story

Rice pie(along with Ricotta pie) is our family's traditional Easter dessert. Like many Italian desserts, it is simple and not very sweet. The rice settles to the bottom leaving a custard-like layer on top. A very satisfying dessert. A dollop of sweetened whip cream is a perfect topper. Enjoy!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Such a lovely, creamy pie! Light and not too sweet, no one will ever know there's rice in it unless you tell them.


1 1/3 c
cooked rice, cooled/room temp. (recommend: arborio)
3/4 c
2/3 c
ricotta cheese (recommend: sorrento velvety smooth whole milk ricotta)
1 pt
half & half
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
lemon juice, fresh
2 dash(es)
cinnamon(1 dash in batter, 1 dash on top)
9-10" pie crust (homemade or pillsbury refrigerated pie crust)

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a 9.5"-10" deep dish pie dish with dough.(Recommend deep dish(2") as this is a lot of filling and will come very close to top.)
Beat together sugar and ricotta. Add eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated. Add half & half, vanilla, lemon juice, and 1 dash of cinnamon. Mix well. Stir in rice.
Pour filling into crust and sprinkle lightly a dash of cinnamon on top. (Photo in this step is of the filling in a 9.5" x 2" pie dish. It will not overflow while baking.)
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower temp. to 350 degrees and bake an additional 50 minutes. Should be lightly browned on top & may be very slightly jiggly toward center(will set up when cool). Let cool completely. Serve chilled or room temp.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: American

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Stephanie Dodd skeen
Aug 18, 2014
I love this pie!!!
Robin Beaver HappyCookah
Aug 17, 2014
I'm new to the site, and I found it after scouring the Internet for a Rice Pie recipe. This one appealed to me, because it doesn't contain too much sugar or cream. It was outstanding! I made just two slight adjustments: (1) used 1/2 C. sugar and 1/4 C. Splenda, with no issues; (2) added 1 tsp. of lemon zest in addition to the 1/2 tsp. lemon juice (it just seemed like the right thing to do). I used a 9-" Pyrex pie dish, and the bake time was spot on. I suggest using a metal rim around the crust, as it'll burn easily. Thanks for this fantastic recipe!!
Stephanie Dodd skeen
May 6, 2014
I love this pie!!!!
Denise Moore seagirl566
May 6, 2014
I just made this pie for the first time and had to have a slice before it cooled completely. It is wonderful!! I cannot wait to share it with my family this evening. Thank you for sharing!!
Jessica S jmsqueglia
Apr 22, 2014
Thanks for the nice comments all! Yes, measure the rice AFTER it's cooked or you'll end up trying to fit 4 cups of rice in the pie shell- haha! Glad it worked out well enough. Thanks for trying the recipe. :)