Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie – Pastiera di Grano

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Finding gluten free Easter desserts everyone enjoys is a bit of a challenge. Most of the desserts I see are for cookies, cupcakes, and cakes which just don’t taste like their non-gluten-free counterparts.  

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Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie  – Pastiera di Grano

I also wanted a dessert that didn’t have food coloring which left out most of the pink, yellow, green and blue colored desserts I’ve seen lately. This Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie has no food coloring and is made from scratch using healthy ingredients.

I’m part of a group of bloggers that remakes a pin that they find on Pinterest and turns it into something of their own. The original Italian Easter Pie recipe I found was not gluten free and that wouldn’t have worked for our family. With a few simple adjustments, I turned this into a Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie that everyone can enjoy.

An Italian Easter Pie or Pastiera is actually more similar to a cake than a pie and originates from the Naples area of Italy. History says that it was probably a nun who created the modern-day Pastiera di Grano. She wanted the cake which was to be a symbol of the resurrection to have the perfume of the orange flowers that grew on nearby orange trees in the convent’s gardens. She mixed wheat (Grano), ricotta cheese and eggs (which are the symbol of new life) and water that had the fragrance of the orange flowers. She also added candied citron and spices.

Traditionally, the Italian Easter Pie should be cooked several days in advance of Easter – generally on Good Friday – so that the flavors have a chance to meld. This version doesn’t call for making it that far ahead but you certainly can if you want to. Here are a few more Easter ideas you may enjoy. Why not try my three cheese macaroni and cheese recipe for a side dish.

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Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie

50 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 1 gluten free pie crust
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp gluten free flour blend
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, sugar, flour, orange zest and orange extract.
  3. In a different bowl, whisk the eggs for 5 minutes.
  4. Fold eggs into cheese mixture.
  5. Pour the filling into the pie crust. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR.
  7. When the timer goes off, turn off the oven and open the oven door a crack. Allow it to cool completely before you remove it from the oven.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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29 thoughts on “Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie – Pastiera di Grano”

  1. Ellen, This is a beautiful Easter Pie that I would love to try.  Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  2. Happy Wednesday and thank you for sharing...this looks so good! I hope you have a great rest of the week and Happy Easter!  And please come share and link up with me now at xx Ashleigh @simplyWright 

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