One of my favourite desserts, since I was a little child, is this delicious pie, which is somehow called “Pasta Flora”. Yes, I know what you might be thinking of… When we say pasta, we probably mean spaghetti, tortellini and so forth. However, this pie has been famous with this name for decades and I was introduced to it by my grandmother, who came from Zakynthos, a beautiful greek island which had been much influenced by the Italians during the Venetian domination. Anyway, this is how this pie is called and this is the way for you to make it:
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 cup of butter (at room temperature)
3/4 of a cup sugar
3 cups of flour (sifted)
1 full teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla powder
1 jar of strawberry jam
Whisp the eggs and the sugar. Add the butter and whisp again. Pour slowly the flour and whisp at the same time (ATTENTION:You have already put in the flour both the baking powder and the vanilla powder). You should work on the dough until it becomes elastic (but not sticky). If it is still sticky add some flour and work it on a little more. Split the dough in 2 making sure that the one piece is slightly bigger than the other. The big one will be used to cover the bottom of the baking pan after you have buttered its bottom and inner sides. When you’re done with the covering of the bottom with the dough, spread the jam all over the dough. Then take the smaller piece of dough and make “sticks” in order to create a checkered pattern (as shown in the picture). Make sure that you keep some dough in stock so that you place it as a frame around the pie (it makes the pie look nicer). Bake it at 180 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
Tip 1: If you want the sticks look a bit shiny, spread them with either milk or egg right before putting the pie in the oven.
Tip 2: This pie is also delicious if you replace the strawberry jam with apricot jam.
Good luck and let me know of the results!