Torta di riso (sweet rice pie)

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 16 people

  • 6 eggs
  • 500 gm firm ricotta
  • 125 ml (½ cup) pouring cream
  • 60 ml Strega
  • 30 gm sugar
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  • Pastry
  • 300 gm (2 cups) each plain and self-raising flour
  • 125 ml (½ cup) vegetable oil
  • 125 gm butter, diced
  • 110 gm (½ cup) sugar
  • 60 ml Strega
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • Scraped seeds of ¼ vanilla bean
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  • Rice mixture
  • 500 gm medium-grain rice, rinsed
  • 500 ml (2 cups) buttermilk
  • 60 ml Strega
  • 55 gm (¼ cup) caster sugar
  • 30 gm sugar
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1 thin piece each orange rind and lemon rind, removed with a peeler
  • Scraped seeds of ½ vanilla bean
01   For pastry, place ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix on low-medium speed to combine. Gradually add 80-100ml cold water until pastry begins to form, leaving the mixing bowl with clean sides, then give the mixture a burst on high speed to work the pastry until the consistency is firm but moist (3 minutes). Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour).
02   Preheat oven to 190C. For rice mixture, combine ingredients and 600ml water in a saucepan and stir occasionally over medium-high heat until rice is cooked (15-17 minutes). Remove rinds and cinnamon quill, cover closely and set aside to cool (15-30 minutes).
03   Whisk eggs with remaining ingredients in an electric mixer until combined (1-2 minutes), then stir through rice mixture and refrigerate to rest (30 minutes).
04   Halve pastry and roll each half to 3mm thick. Line an oiled 23cm-square cake tin with one half and add rice filling. Cut remaining pastry into 2cm-wide strips and create a lattice pattern on top, trimming excess and crimping edges. Bake until golden (20-30 minutes). Cool, then serve at room temperature.
Note Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur, is available from select bottle shops.

This recipe is from the May 2011 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Recipe:

VINCE LAMONTAGNA, VINCENZO’S CUCINA VERA, ADELAIDE

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

VANESSA AUSTIN

Drinking Suggestion:

VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI, FOR ITS LUSCIOUS TEXTURE, SWEETNESS AND A LITTLE ACIDITY , suggested by LARA MARRO

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