Mom's Easter Grain Pie

6 Servings Pizza Grana *This is the recipe from Dom DeLuise’s book. Does anyone have the Caliendo recipe for Pizza Grana?


  • 2 1/2 cups flour sifted

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar

  • 8 eggs

  • 1/3 cup shortening

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • grated rind of 1 lemon (yellow part only)

  • grated rind of 1 orange (orange part only)

  • 3 pounds ricotta cheese

  • 1 cup cooked wheat grain (wheat grain may be found in health food stores)


  • First make the pie crust by blending together flour and shortening.

  • Add 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and orange and lemon rind.

  • Blend well and roll flat on a floured cutting board.

  • Place in a 10x13x2 inch baking pan and set aside.

  • To make filling, separate remaining 6 eggs and beat egg whites until they form soft peaks.

  • Set aside.

  • Beat egg yolks well and add 1 teaspoon vanilla, ricotta cheese, 2 cups sugar, and grain.

  • Blend well and slowly fold in egg whites.

  • Carefully pour into pie crust and bake at 400° for 10 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to 350° and bake 40 minutes more until light and golden brown.

Category: Desserts