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Pizza Rustica

*This Pizza Rustica Is Traditionally Eaten The Night Before Easter Sunday.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. olive oil
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage (casings removed)
1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, coarsely chopped
1/3 lb. ham (chopped)
4 large egg yolks (beaten)
1 large egg (beaten)
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Pastry Dough Recipe:
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
1/4 cup cold solid vegetable shortening (cut into pieces)
1 tsp. sea salt
3 large eggs (beaten)
2 to 4 tbsp. ice water
Blend the flour, the butter, the shortening and salt in a food processor until the mixture is coarse. Blend in the eggs. With the machine running, add the water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms. Roll the dough into a ball. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, with 1 piece twice as large as the second piece. Flatten the dough pieces into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until the dough is firm enough to roll out, about 30 minutes.
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausages and saute until golden brown, breaking the sausage into pieces, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and set aside to cool.
3. In large bowl, add egg yolks and beat lightly. Stir in the ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Add the sausage, fresh parsley, ham and prosciutto to the mixture and stir well.
4. Roll out larger piece of dough on a lightly floured work surface to a 18-inch round. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch springform pan. Trim the dough overhang to 1 inch.
5. Add the ricotta mixture into the dough-lined pan.
6. Roll out the remaining piece of dough into a 12-inch round.
7. Place the dough over the filling. Pinch the edges of the doughs together to seal, then crimp the dough edges.
8. You can cut the extra overhanging dough into strips and put on top of pie. (see photo)
9. Brush the beaten 1 large egg over the entire pastry top. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven until the crust is golden brown. (about 1 hour)
Let cool for about 15-20 minutes before cutting.

 

 

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Ingredients:

½ cup butter (softened)

½ cup chunky peanut butter

½ cup granulated sugar

½  cup brown sugar

1 large egg

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1 cup Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (*If you get large one, crumble them.)

1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Cream the butter and the sugars until smooth and light. Add  egg and mix until well combined.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder together.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Stir in the mini chocolate peanut butter cups and chocolate morsels.

4. With an medium-sized spoon, round cookie dough onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly golden.

24 medium-sized cookies or 12 large cookies

*The size of the cookie depends on you. So do watch your oven while baking. If you’re making larger cookies, it will have to bake a little longer.

Let cool before eating.

Custard Fruit Tart

Ingredients:
1 ( 9 inch) tart shell
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
3 kiwis (sliced)
2 slices mango
1 strawberry (for the center) *optional
3 boxes Jello-Cook and Serve Custard (you can make your own custard, this is easier)
Directions:
1. Follow directions on custard boxes and make custard. Let cool in refrigerator. (at least 4 hours)
2. Take tart shell. Fill evenly with creamy cooled custard.
3. Decorate top of custard with a variety of fruit. (see photo)
4. Return to refrigerator, so it sets. Keep refrigerator.
Serve cold.
*You can use any fruit toppings of choice. Also, some people like it with vanilla pudding instead of custard.

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Ingredients For Dough:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup of Crisco
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup ice water
2 oz. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Ingredients For Filling:
1/2 lb. milk chocolate chips
1/2 lb. pine nuts (pignoli nuts)
1/2 lb. walnuts (chopped)
1 box raisins (15 oz.)
1 tbsp. grated orange peel
Directions:
1. Soak raisins in cold water overnight. Drain very well.
2. In a large bowl, add chocolate chips, pine nuts, walnuts, raisins and orange peel. Stir and mix well. Refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. To make dough, combine all ingredients and mix well to form dough. Roll out dough to make small circles. (We use the cover of a sugar bowl. You can also use a small dish, depending on the size turnover you wish to make.)
4. Remove raisin mixture from refrigerator and spoon mixture on each circle. The amount will depend on the size circles you have created. It should be enough, but not to much where the turnover will break open when you fold it over. Fold the turnover and seal edges with a fork. Place on a greased (about a tbs. of butter) baking sheet.
5. Take one egg and beat it. Add 1 tbs. of water. Beat again. This is your “eggwash”. Brush a little on each turnover. This helps the turnover turn golden brown.
6. Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes. Watch so they don’t burn. Remove and let cool.
Makes about 2 dozen. (depends on the size of your turnover)
Note: If you have extra raisin mixture, refrigerate and make another batch of dough.