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Joan's Italian Cream Pie Recipe

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This recipe for Joan's Italian Cream Pie, by , is from The Cianciolo Family Cookbook Project, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Joan Gillette
Added: Friday, August 28, 2009


2 c sugar
1 c flour, sifted
8 egg yolks
1 qt plus 1 c milk
1 T vanilla
1 tsp almond flavoring
1 tsp lemon flavoring
2 squares bakers unsweetened chocolate, grated

2 c flour, sifted
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 lb lard (slightly less)
4 eggs

Mix flour and sugar together thoroughly till well blended.
Heat milk slowly in double boiler till warm . Beat the egg yolks well and add to the dry mixture. Add a little of the warm milk to the dry mixture mixing thoroughly. Slowly add this to the warm milk, stirring constantly. Add the flavorings and stir constantly for about 5 minutes. Do not let boil! Remove about 1/3 of mixture and put in a separate pan. Continue stirring the first pan until slightly thickened and remove from heat.
Add chocolate to separate pan and heat stirring constantly until thickened but do not overcook.
Remove both mixtures to separate bowls, place plastic wrap directly on top of mixtures to prevent skin from forming. Cool.

Mix all dry ingredients together. Add lard and blend . Add the eggs and mix well. Place on generously floured board and separate into two balls. Knead each ball well, adding flour if sticking. Do not be afraid of overworking this dough. Roll between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Put one into 9" pie plate. Pour vanilla mixture in. Pour a small amount of chocolate in the middle of the vanilla. Cover with remaining rolled dough. Use a fork dipped in flour to seal. Brush crust with milk. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 450 oven or until golden brown. Refrigerate overnight and dust with confectioners sugar.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
The story goes that Nana had to call 3 of Papa's aunts and his mother to get the entire recipe because each of them left something out. Apparently they were afraid the new Irish relative couldn't do it justice. They were wrong. Although time consuming and a cardiologist nightmare it is worth it.




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