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Old 03-16-2008, 07:03 PM   #1
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Italian Easter Pies and easter bread

Most Italians have either had or made the easter pies, called pizza cheina, pizza gain, pizza rustica, etc. Seems everyone has a different name for them.

I never really liked them as a kid. You see this beautiful double crusted pie, standing high above the rim...only to cut into it and find meat and eggs! Clearly not what I was looking for as a kid, but now...well, now, I love them, and love baking them even more.

I usually make two savory and one sweet. One savory has cheese and meats, the other has cheese, meats and raw eggs folded in which bake whole. The sweet is a blend of tapioca and ricotta.

Anyone else making easter pies this year???

I also make easter breads with coloured eggs baked into the dough. Anyone else??

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Old 03-16-2008, 07:24 PM   #2
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My family ALWAYS has "Pizza Rustica" ours is usually done square. Delicious. Never seen the savory version although we have a ricotta pie too
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:55 PM   #3
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Philly, huh...? Tell me....are you a Termini Bros patron or Isgro's?
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:25 PM   #4
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i've never made one vb, but i'm looking forward to going to my sis's house for easter, as her mil - marie barone's twin - brings them to the family get together.

just don't ask for a recipe.

if you could, pretty please, post a recipe or two for your easter pies?
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:07 AM   #5
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That sounds wonderful, VB--could you refer us to a recipe or post one if you're not too busy?
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:03 AM   #6
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Did someone say PIE!!!???

No PIE here for Easter... :(
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:07 AM   #7
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Philly, huh...? Tell me....are you a Termini Bros patron or Isgro's?
Hmm my roots are actually Bronx so I have always gotten my Italian fix from Arthur Ave... Only been in Philly for a few months I plan to start getting to know my way around the Italian Market this summer.... Suggestions?

I need to get the Pizza Rustica recipe from mom.
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:59 AM   #8
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I'll post my recipes this afternoon, sorry for not seeing this yesterday!

Pancho...you have to go to Talutto's for your ravioli fix. You simply have to. I promise you won't be disappointed. Perhaps we'll meet this spring during the 9th Street Italian Festival. You'll enjoy that. By the way, Canulli Bros makes a mean pork sandwich during the festival. Right off the pig.....
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:13 AM   #9
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my mum makes a rock cakeish kinda mixture and plaits the mixture around a a boiled egg...long one for the males and a round one for the females of the family :D

am interested to see ur recipe!
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:37 AM   #10
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I second the request for recipes! I love those Italian pies, and it seems like a really fun and different way to celebrate Easter... not for this year, though. I already have my menu planned. Still, I'd love to see something I can use next year. An italian themed Easter dinner sounds like a lot of fun.
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