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Torta Di Riso An Italian Delight!

Updated on June 1, 2014

While training as a pastry chef I focused on both French and German pastry. Even though these were my main focuses, I love trying out, creating, and playing with recipes from other cultures. When I was a teen I stayed with a friend whose family really embraced their Italian roots. When I had stayed for dinner one night, her mother served this up for dessert, (and breakfast the next day) and I absolutely fell in love.

Much like my mother's rice pudding in so many ways, it was like enjoying the comforts of home, with a twist. The bread pudding like consistency, a bit of crunch and a moisture that is unlike anything else I have ever tasted. This caramelized rice pie is to die for!


Think quiche, meets rice pudding and you will only start to understand this unique and tasty dish. With a custard like texture this dessert is rich, yet the hints of lemon give it a light and airy taste, making Torta Di Riso a beautiful Spring time dish!


  • Crust:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 -2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup uncooked rice (not minute rice!)
  • 8 cups milk
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons lemon extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pound ricotta cheese (drained)
  • 14 large eggs


  1. Crust:
  2. Using a stand mixer and a paddle attachment start combining your dry ingredients
  3. Once fully combined start adding butter one piece at a time
  4. Mix until consistency of bread crumbs
  5. Mixer on medium speed add in eggs until fully incorporated.
  6. Slowly add your ice water until you get a nice smooth dough
  7. Once dough is formed place on a floured surface and roll out till you have a 3/4 inch round
  8. Wrap and place in the fridge while prepping the filling
  9. Filling:
  10. Start off by preparing your rice using your 4 cups of milk
  11. Rice should be cooked but still firm as it will finish the cooking process in the oven.
  12. In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar
  13. Once whisked together add your lemon and vanilla
  14. After 10 seconds add your drained ricotta mixing only until combined! Do not over mix!
  15. Add your cooked rice and mix well
  16. Place in the fridge to cool
  17. While your fillings cool pull out your crust dough
  18. Separate into two equal parts and roll out to fit your 10 inch pie pan
  19. Fit into your pan and with a fork poke holes at the bottom of the crust
  20. Place in the freezer to chill for 10 to 20 minutes
  21. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F
  22. Fill your pie pans with the mixture leaving about 1/4 of an inch at the top
  23. Bake on the bottom rack for about 1 hour or until filling has set!
  24. Enjoy!

Often these pies are made savory instead of sweet. They do so by adding a variety of meats, veggies, and cheeses! Yum!

Pyrex 1118441 Prepware  Mixing Bowl Set, 3-Piece, Clear
Pyrex 1118441 Prepware Mixing Bowl Set, 3-Piece, Clear

You really can't beat the price on these! I love love love Pyrex, and was so happy to see that these were so inexpensive.

Pyrex Easy Grab 9.5" Glass Pie Plate
Pyrex Easy Grab 9.5" Glass Pie Plate

More Pyrex I know, but I absolutely love this pan!

Fox Run 44513 Round Loose Bottom Quiche Pan, 9-Inch, Preferred Non-Stick
Fox Run 44513 Round Loose Bottom Quiche Pan, 9-Inch, Preferred Non-Stick

I use this pan if I am going to take tarts to a party. It makes it so much more presentable!

Talisman Designs Adjustable Pie Crust Shield, BPA-free Silicone, Red, Fits 8.5" - 11.5" Rimmed Dish
Talisman Designs Adjustable Pie Crust Shield, BPA-free Silicone, Red, Fits 8.5" - 11.5" Rimmed Dish

This thing is stinking awesome! I hate having burnt edges when I bake pies, and this solves that issue!


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      bpratt lm 3 years ago

      @SteveKaye: That would be wonderful!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      We need an app so that people can taste food that appears on their computer.