Vegan ricotta pie is an easy recipe made with few simple ingredients. We make a sweet vegan shortcrust pastry as the base for the pie. We then fill it with a creamy, sweet, aromatic ricotta cream, mixed with dark chocolate chips and orange zest. This vegan ricotta pie is our favourite pie ever. Its taste will bring you straight to southern Italy. It's sweet, chocolatey, creamy, almost like a baked cheesecake, with a soft crumbly crust.
Making the ricotta30mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: Plant-Based, Vegan
Pie dish 9 to 10 inches (24 to 26cm) easiest if with removable base.
Zester or grater
Sieve and clean kitchen cloth or cheese cloth to make the ricotta
Preheat the oven to 360F or 180C. In a bowl, add the sugar, water, oil, orangezest and mix with a spatula. Sift in the flour and baking powder all at once , then with the same spatula mix all the ingredients until they almost come together.
Transfer the dough to a worktop and knead with your hands for max 1 minute, just long enough to bring everything together into a smooth ball. Do not knead too much. Add a little flour if the dough seems too sticky.Sprinkle the worktop with flour, then with a rolling pin roll out ¾ of the dough into a 4 mm thin disk.
Oil the pie dish and dust it with flour, then transfer the dough into it and fit it snuggly pushing with your fingers. Cut off the excess dough and poke holes in the bottom and sides with a fork.
Make the filling: in a bowl mix together veganricotta, gratedorangezest, sugar, vanillaextract and darkchocolatechips. You can use a spatula or an electric beater. Fill the pie with the ricotta filling and spread evenly with a spoon.
Roll out the leftover dough thinly (thinner than the base) then with a knife cut 10 strips and place them on top of the tart. 5 in one direction, the other 5 in the opposite direction.
Bake at 360F or 180C for 45 minutes. Baking time may vary depending on your oven and the thickness of the crust. Let cool completely (at least 3 hours) before serving. You can sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like.