Pizza Rustica for Tuesdays with Dorie

Although this Pizza Rustica is more like a quiche than a pizza, it baked up beautifully and I have no complaints on the filling or the dough.  I followed the recipe exactly as written except for cutting back on the sugar called for in the dough after reading the baker’s comments on the Tuesdays with Dorie site.  The sweet dough, a pasta frolla, is the same one that is used to make X cookies.  The sugar in the dough didn’t seem to be popular with many of the participants who baked their Pizza Rustica’s earlier this week.  The savory filling is referred to as ‘terrific’ with the sweet dough in the recipe’s description but it didn’t sound good to me either, so I compromised and cut it down to a few tablespoons instead of 1/3 cup.  In the end the contrast of the slightly sweet dough with the savory ricotta based filling was wonderful and it surprised me how much I liked the flavors together.  I was also surprised that the dough apparently does not need to be chilled, I just rolled it out with enough flour to keep it from sticking.  I also added an egg wash to the lattice top before baking, just couldn’t help myself!

I splurged on the prosciutto and shredded it into the ricotta mixture where it adds a salty ham flavor which is good with the freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese in the filling.  Pizza Rustica is served as ‘casual finger food’ or as a starter before dinner in Italy.  I served mine with an arugula salad with cherry tomatoes and a vinaigrette dressing.  I really don’t know why it’s called pizza but I do like the name Pizza Rustica and will make it again, probably with a different filling using spinach  and/or roasted red peppers instead of the prosciutto.  For the next recipe- due on April 17th, we will make is the Lemon Loaf Cake which sounds similar to a pound cake only made with a technique used for sponge cakes like the light French genoise cake.

The recipe for Pizza Rustica can be found at this month’s Tuesdays with Dorie hosts Emily of Capital Region Dining and Raelynn of The Place They Call Home.

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  1. Beautifully done, my friend! We're not eating ours till tonight, but from my sampling, it will be a hit :)

  2. That is THE most beautiful pizza rustica I've ever seen, Patty! In fact, you've gotta change the name from “rustica” to whatever the Italian word is for “fancy!” :) Yummm!

  3. This really is beautiful–it may be my next appetizer for dinner club. :) Perfect for a brunch , too.

  4. This looks delicious! Sounds like a great dinner with the arugula salad!

  5. Hi Patty, your pizza Rustica look awesome. Look delicious and very well baked. Lovely presentation too.

    Have a nice day.

  6. did incredible job, Patty! I love how your pizza rustica came out!!

  7. This recipe looks delicious, and I love the suggestions you've made. The ricotta sounds like a nice touch.

  8. this sounds awesome


  9. Very pretty :) (and I love that trivet or plate in the photo – so sunny and cheery).

  10. Lovely – the egg wash was a nice touch.
    Awesome silverware :-)

  11. wow, this is super rich, but i super like!! where's my fork?!?

  12. Your pizza rustica is gorgeous! I enjoyed the sweet/savory contrast.

  13. Una gran pizza impresionante adorno,me encantó,rica y perfecta,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  14. Just perfect, Patty – this looks like it came from a bakery.

    Happy Easter!

  15. I can't comment on the recipe but I just thought I add that Pizza Rustica is an Easter tradition in my family and many of our friends.

  16. Patty, Such lovely photos and a gorgeous Pizza Rustica! I used an egg was, too…for the same reason! Happy Easter!

  17. Beautiful pie and your posts are getting so clever…you have developed some great talents. Your pie looks delicious. Nice baking.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I loved that I didnt have to chill the dough either :) makes me more interested in experimenting with the fillings :)

    Alice @

  19. I've never seen a pizza like this…but it only makes me want to eat it all the more! Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a wonderful Spring week!

  20. I had to stare at the first picture before reading your post–your lattice top is so perfect. This is the kind of thing that I can eat so much of I wouldn't realize it until the damage was done–I think your simple salad is just the right accompaniment to this.

    BTW, for a second I thought the words “pizza” and “rustica” were printed on your plate. You placed the text so well in that image! :)

  21. Your pizza rustica looks prefect! I love the little floral tile peeking out from the base of your pie in the first shot – just gorgeous.

  22. Sorry, it looks perfect, not prefect!

  23. Patty – this is GORGEOUS! Wow, I never heard of this until I saw some of these lovely “Dorie” posts. It's been fun to see all the variations. Your photos are fabulous, I can't believe you even have a plate that says “Pizza Rustica” :)

  24. The pizza looks fanfreakingtastic! I couldn't help salivating…

  25. now that is a pie – so beautiful and a refreshing slice of heaven… like the sound of the sweet dough mingling with the Italian flavors

  26. Oh wow! Great photos!!

  27. Wow Patty, that is just gorgeous! Does sound like it would be much better with only a slightly sweetened crust…just beautiful!
    Hope you are having a great week…hugs

  28. your crust is perfect Patty! I could use a big piece right now.

  29. What a fun concept for a pizza mixed with a quiche. This looks absolutely delicious, Patty. Great recipe!

  30. Am droooooling here…awesome..;P
    Tasty Appetite

  31. it really looks delicious pizza! amazing haha.
    great job.

  32. Patty, that is ONE GORGEOUS Pizza Rustica, that I would love to have that nice piece for myself. Turned out perfect, loved the pretty lattice top!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  33. I love pizza, I love pie, I love quiche. This is appears to be an all in one, my kind of pie. My mouth is literally watering right now.

    Have a great weekend Patty:)

  34. Beautiful photos! This looks awesome.

  35. Yum this looks so tasty. I really need to dig into this book which I haven't really done since I've had it. I know my family will love this.

  36. It really looks delicious! I love the lattice top and nice touch using an egg wash.

  37. a stunning pizza rustica, it's perfect. I can imgaine it taste even better, yum!!

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