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Spinach and Ricotta "Sun Pie"

 This beautiful pie is not only a creative delight, but it’s also unusually delicious and will get everyone’s attention at any meal. This is one recipe you have to try.
 
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Ingredients – Dough:

• 1lb (500g) all-purpose flour

• 1/3 cup olive oil

• 3/4 cup dry white wine

• 1 tsp. salt

• A dash of sesame seeds (optional)

Ingredients – Filling:

• 12oz (350g) poached spinach leaves

• 12oz (350g) ricotta cheese

• 1 egg

• 3oz (80g) Parmesan cheese (grated)

• A dash of breadcrumbs

• Salt and pepper (to taste)

Preparation:

1. Combine the ingredients for the dough in a mixer and blend. Once the dough is consistent, form 2 equal-sized balls and place in shrink-wrap, and then set aside.

2. In a bowl, combine the ricotta and spinach. Add the egg, parmesan, salt and pepper.

3. Using a rolling pin, create 2 flat circles of dough, roughly 12” (30cm) in diameter.

4. Before adding the filling, use the breadcrumbs to create a “barrier” between it and the dough. Create a barrier ring adjacent to the rim and another circle in the center.

5. Apply the filling on top of the breadcrumb barrier. It should look like this:

 

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6. Sprinkle the grated parmesan over the filling and place the second circle of dough on top of it.
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7. Preheat the oven to 350°f (180°c).

8. Seal the edges by using a fork for a more aesthetic look.

 

9. Place a bowl in the center of the dough, lightly pressing it down to create an indentation in the area between the internal and external filling.

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10. Cut the dough to equal 1” (2.5cm) parts, making sure to almost reach the bowl.
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11. Very gently, twist each piece in a little more than a 90-degree angle.
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12. Bake the pie for 30 minutes, or until the dough turns a light brown.

Optional: brush the center with egg and sprinkle sesame seeds over it.

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Now you can impress your dinner guests with your amazing sun pie!
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