24 April 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!  This morning I could not help but be overwhelmed with a sense of joy and gratefulness as I sat in church and heard beautiful music mingled with messages of encouragement.  Today in my family, we're celebrating our hope and new life with an Italian Torta di Pasqua that my mother made.  It's a simple paste crust filled with sauteed swiss chard, shallots, and ricotta, and a few whole eggs nestled inside.  Perfect for brunch or as an appetizer for Easter dinner, I know I'll be making this myself for Easters to come.

Peace to you all,

P.S. While my mom doesn't have an exact recipe for this Torta di Pasqua, I noted a few details about her process: Line a 10-inch spring-form pan with pastry crust leaving edges overhanging.  Saut√© 4 lbs. chopped swiss chard and 1 minced shallot, then cool and mix together with 1 lb. ricotta, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 egg, and salt and pepper to taste.  Fill crust with chard mixture, then make 5 deep wells.  Slip a whole, raw egg into each of the 5 wells.  Cover filling with with another sheet of pastry dough, then fold overhanging edges over.  Bake 1 hour at 375 F and let cool before slicing.


Susan Lindquist said...

This is such a beautiful savory pie ... ooops, torta! Kudos to your mother!

Happy Easter, Erica!

Young Adventures... said...

Sounds like you had a wondeful Easter Erica. The torta looks delicious. I wanted to let you know that I opened up some apricot jam that I had made(your recipe) this past summer. It is absolutely delicious! I can't wait to make some more this summer. He is risen!

An Alaskan Cooks | Alaska Food and Wine said...

This looks beautiful and full of spring. I'm looking forward to making your dish. Thank you!

thechurchcook said...

Hi, Erica! So happy that you had a wonderful Easter! And so did I! A great day to celebrate our Risen Savior! I try to get exact recipes from my mom, too. Not an easy task.

I hope you are submitting your Korean food photos to http://koreanfoodgallery.com/ ?? Hugs!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Wow this looks fantastic and all your photos look gorgeous! I'm really enjoying all your recipes and look forward to your future posts. Glad to be your newest follower! :)

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