"My mother brought this Old World recipe with her from the Ukraine," says Anne Kulick of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. A sprinkling of cinnamon enhances the pie’s subtly sweet flavor.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- 1-3/4 cups ricotta cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Separate one egg. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg white; set aside. In another small bowl, combine egg and egg yolk; set aside.
- On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry; cut in half. Roll out one half of pastry into an 8-in. circle. Transfer to a 7-in. pie plate; trim pastry even with edge. Brush with egg white; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
- In a large bowl, combine the cheeses, confectioners' sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, salt and egg mixture. Pour into prepared pastry.
- Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry. Brush remaining egg white over pastry; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon.
- Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Cheese Pie in Cooking for 2 Spring 2009, p33
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