Neapolitan Easter Pie
The wheat berries in this Italian grain pie, known as pastiera, are fitting for the Easter holiday, as they symbolize rebirth and renewal. The grains get soaked in water overnight before they are cooked in milk. Afterward, they are mixed with ricotta cheese and pastry cream to make an exceptionally delicious filling.
John Barricelli, an excellent baker and a longtime friend of Martha's, learned to make this pie from his grandfather. The recipe appears in our book, " Martha Stewart's New Pies and Tarts."