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Sweet Dough

This recipe for sweet dough is used to make a mouthwatering Neapolitan Easter Pie.

  • yield: Makes enough for one 12-inch lattice-topped pie


  • 1 1/2 pounds (just under 5 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 3 large eggs


  1. Step 1

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the orange zest. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated after each addition.

  3. Step 3

    Reduce speed to low, and beat in the dry ingredients. Turn the dough out onto a work surface. Divide dough, making sure one piece is slightly larger than the other. Place each piece of dough on a sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten, to form two discs. Wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before using.

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