So, what to make that can serve you more than 1 portion without having to prepare anything again.... a pie of course!.. Ricotta Pie is one of my favorite pies but the one I made this week has a little twist to the original recipe. Firstly the pastry is made with wholemeal flour and secondly I added on "gbejniet" to the ricotta.
Here is what I did:
Place 250g Margarine into your electric mixer and add 1 tsp of salt and 400g wholemeal flour. Sift in 200g plain flour and set the motor running. Once the margarine is totally incorporated into the flour and you have a nice sandy mixture, keep the motor on and add enough water at room temperature to form a soft dough. If you want to make this pastry extra cheesy, grate in some cheddar into the flour mixture before adding the water.
Now take out the dough and place it on a floured surface.
Roll out two thirds of the pastry and line the bottom of your baking dish.
Place 1.5kg ricotta into your electric mixer, add 2 eggs, some chopped fresh parsley and about 1 tablespoon of grated cheese. Mix these ingredients slowly making sure that the eggs are well mixed in.
Spread the ricotta filling in the baking dish covered with the dough and set aside. Now slice about 4 to 5 fresh gbejniet and place them over the ricotta filling.
Roll out the remaining dough and cover the pie completely. Brush the top of the pie with some water and lastly sprinkle some sesame seeds.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C (electric fan oven) for about 25 - 30 minutes until the pastry has risen and turned golden.
Ricotta pie can be served straight out of the oven with some side salad or veggies or packed for picnics or as a lunch pack!