Pizza Rustica – Baking with Julia
Lattice intimidates me!
I have avoided this recipe in prior years just because of this technique. Funny this would be the first scheduled recipe I will post as a new blogger following “Tuesday with Dorie: Baking with Julia”. It turned out pretty well for my first try, even though I forgot how to count when I was cutting the pastry dough into strips.
The pastry was softer than any others I have worked with before and next time I will scale the flour instead of just using the “2 cups” called for. Making pastry in a food processor is a breeze and this one was no different. The recipe didn’t call for time in the fridge but I knew it needed time to sit and think – as well as to let the gluten relax and do its thing.
According to the recipe, when putting together the filling for the pie, each additional ingredient should be well combined before adding the next. For future tests, there is not an ingredient in here that requires that kind of attention. Just throw it all in a bowl and stir until combined. The construction of the pie is pretty basic. The soft, slightly sweet dough needs a well floured surface for rolling out and be sure to butter your pan well for easy release. Pour the egg and cheese mixture into the unbaked crust. Then top with your 12 lattice strips. I will give you a lesson in weaving a lattice in a future post. You can actually just lay the strips across each to create the “look” of a lattice. No pressure!
Bake in a preheated oven and in less than one hour you have a wonderful meal.
As a newcomer to the “Tuesday with Dorie: Baking with Julia” blog group, I am awash with feelings. This book was a gift to me that I have treasured for years as it was part of my inspiration to attend culinary school.
My point of view in participating with this blog will be as a recipe tester first, then as a recipe developer. My first pass will always be “How did the recipe work as written?” If it warrants a second pass, you can bet it will be my interpretation of the recipe. (Barbara, I made it vegetarian just for you.)