PASTIERA NAPOLITANA VEGAN (NEAPOLITAN EASTER GRAIN & "RICOTTA" PIE) Looking for a new Easter dessert? Several years ago a reader wrote to me, asking: "Do you have any vegan recipes for the Italian wheat and rice pies that are served on Easter morning along with the frittata that my Grandma used to make? Thank you, Adrienne"
***Though I had heard about it, I had never eaten this pie. However, I do have a recipe for a vegan "ricotta pie" in my book "Nonna's Italian Kitchen", and I knew that this Easter pie contained ricotta, so I figured that I could work on it with that recipe as a start.
I did some research and then decided to try the formula I came up with on some friends who were coming for dinner. I thought it had turned out rather well-- impressive looking, and we all loved it- but, since I had never actually eaten the "real thing", I had nothing to compare it to. So, I asked Adrienne to try it ahead of time, for her sake and mine (maybe just half the recipe, which she did) and give me an honest assessment. Her verdict? “Out of this world great.”