Neapolitan Ricotta and Wheatberry Pie

780 mins (prep 60)
16 ingredients
makes 10 servings
(Pastiera Napoletana) "My mother, who is a native of Calabria, Italy, but now resides in Brooklyn, learned to make the Neapolitan specialty, pastiera napoletana, from her sister-in-law when my parents were married, in 1941," writes Marie Pacella of Howard Beach, New York. "Since then, our family and close friends look forward to having this pie every Easter. My mother and my daughter and I still get together to make them—it has become a family tradition.

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  • 1/2 cup hulled soft wheatberries*
  • 2 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 whole large eggs
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound fresh ricotta
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange-flower water**
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons finely grated fresh orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped candied citron***
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • special equipment: a fluted pastry wheel
  • *available at natural foods stores and middle eastern markets
  • **available in the supermarket 's bar section or in the baking aisle, or by mail order from kalustyan's (212-685-3451)
  • ***available at specialty foods shops and some supermarkets


Serving Size (80.86 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 186.45 Calories from Fat 40.41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.49g 69.09%
Saturated Fat 2.78g 139.03%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 24.41mg 81.37%
Sodium 407.22mg 169.67%
Total Carbohydrate 26.04g 86.8%
Dietary Fiber 0.14 g 5.66%
Sugars 19.7 g %
Protein 10.66g 213.26%
Vitamin A 200.69IU% Vitamin C 0.86mg%
Calcium 329.48mg% Iron 0.47mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
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