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Orange Chocolate Ricotta Pie Recipe

Orange Chocolate Ricotta Pie Recipe

A traditional Italian dessert served during the holidays and for special occasions, the orange and chocolate flavors make a classic Italian pairing. The result is rich and tangy - a perfect finale to a Mediterranean-style dinner. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 cartons (15 ounces each) whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, optional
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, eggs, chocolate chips, sugar, orange peel and, if desired, orange liqueur.
  • 2. Roll out half of the pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate; transfer pastry to pie plate. Fill with ricotta mixture.
  • 3. Roll out remaining pastry into an 11-in. circle; cut into 1-in.-wide strips. Lay half of the strips across the pie, about 1-in. apart. Fold back every other strip halfway. Lay another strip across center of pie at a right angle. Unfold strips over center strip. Fold back the alternate strips; place a second strip across the pie. Continue to add strips until pie is covered with lattice. Trim, seal and flute edges.
  • 4. Bake at 425° for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice (calculated without liqueur): 525 calories, 31g fat (16g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 17g protein.

Reviews for Orange Chocolate Ricotta Pie

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Yussy User ID: 6225780 223878
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"Can someone please tell me how early in advance I can make this pie. I want to serve it on Easter but don't have time to make it the day before. Thank you!"

DarcyPA User ID: 108815 116264
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"I LOVE this recipe and it is my go-to favorite for an easy dessert. Sometimes I tweek it (the way most home cooks do) by substituting some cream cheese for a little of the ricotta (to make it taste richer/creamier). Once in a while I substitute raisins for the chocolate chips and add some vanilla extract and orange extract, leaving out the orange licqueor. When I add raisins rather than chocolate chips, i also make a warm sauce of honey, lemon, cinnamon, and raisins to lightly drizzle on top (my husband's favorite). Overall, the texture is wonderful and the results are tasty!"

schweitzerca User ID: 1064748 197839
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"The brand of ricotta cheese used in this recipe does make a difference. First time was heavy and somewhat dry. Second time, I could tell right away the ricotta was better texture and flavor. Great the second time."

pspaude User ID: 1183915 194436
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"Very dry, and my husband thought the texture was "weird" which I attributed to the ricotta cheese"

Silverveil User ID: 4642324 126336
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"We used orange flavoring (about a tablespoon or more if you really like orange) and added a bit more chocolate. Was very good and very easy!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.