Cherry Vanilla Ricotta Crostata

Rustic Cherry Pie
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For The Crust
1 cup All-purpose flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Sugar
4 tbsp Butter very cold
2 tbsp Vegetable shortening
5 tbsp Water ice water
For The Filling
1 cup Ricotta cheese full fat
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp Sugar divided
2 tsp Vanilla extract divided
1½ pints Sweet Cherries fresh, pitted pinch
1 pinch Salt
1 Eggs beaten
1 tbsp Raw sugar optional

Nutritional information

  • For The Crust

  • For The Filling

Cherry Vanilla Ricotta Crostata


Have you ever heard of a Cherry Vanilla Ricotta Crostata? Well, let me introduce you! With the abundance of cherries in season, I have tried to compile a list of different recipe ideas for what to do with all these fresh cherries and this is one of them. A pastry crust filled with a vanilla flavored ricotta cheese and topped with fresh cherries and juices.

To make Cherry Vanilla Ricotta Crostata, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Cherry Vanilla Ricotta Crostata

Steps to make Cherry Vanilla Ricotta Crostata


Combine dry ingredients


In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar.


Add butter and shortening


Cut 4 tablespoons of cold butter and 2 tablespoons of shortening into the dry ingredients until small, pea-size crumbs form.


Add water


Add 5 tablespoons of water one at a time and mix until combined and the dough just starts to come together. Add more water if needed and do not over mix. It is OK if you still see pieces of butter and shortening in the batter.




Roughly shape the dough into a rectangle and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to chill. Dough can stay in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Combine ricotta mixture


In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of ricotta cheese with ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.


Combine cherries mixture


In a separate bowl, combine 1½ pints of fresh cherries with 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.


Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


Assemble tart


Once chilled, remove and roll the dough into a rough 16x10-inch oval and then transfer to a baking sheet. Spread an even layer of ricotta cheese and top with cherries and all their juices, leaving a 2-3-inch border around the edges. Gather the edges and fold them up, brush the crust with some beaten egg and sprinkle 1 tablespoon raw sugar.




Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes until the edges are golden brown.



Allow to cool slightly before serving warm or cold. Enjoy!

This rustic Cherry Vanilla Ricotta Crostata is deliciously stunning and just another one of our wonderful cherry recipes. Let us know what you think and contact us online using our hashtag #cookmerecipes for us to see what you’re up to!

Bethany is very passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and clean diet. She’s trying to cut meat out of her diet as much as possible and focuses on cooking vegetarian food and fish. Bethany gets a kick from finding ways to add new twists to classic dishes. What’s more, thanks to her Asian roots, she’s great at combining different cuisines to come up with something extraordinary. Bethany’s recipes will inspire you to add new colors and flavors to your everyday meals.

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Total Reviews: 21
Marlowe Georgatos

Easily one of my favorite desserts love the light crunchiness to it and the fact that its slightly bitter but sweet due to the cherries.

Estelle Derra

Easy, affordable and fun to make I even shaped my dough into a heart for this.

Angelique Lien

My personal best when it comes to dessert, I've tried making the apple churro and failed horrendsly but some how managed to perfect this ! My pride and joy lol.

Anne Rolader

This was good but difficult to bake because the cherries kept falling out.

Holland Shusterman

I used the filling for a cake frosting too before since it taste so good.

Maisy Coar

Hubby and I made this after cooking some sirloin strips for dinner with wine, loved both.

Addalynn Scarpati

Careful on the vanilla extract i think they added to much and would recommend only one tsp because that stuff is strong..

Lindsay Caracoza

Dough was extremely soggy on the bottom and everything just fell through, not sure what to do for next time?

Rayne Dabler

Kids gobbled this up instantly everyone loved it topped with some vanilla icecream too.

Lainey Masangcay

Vegetarian and delicious Italian ricotta, exactly the type of dessert I was looking for.

Kelsie Wininger

Bookmarking this and going to try to make it later on today wish me luck.

Poppy Manuszak

Made this dish with some blueberries and rasberries instead of cherries then added a bit of cinnamon :-)

Mckayla Reed

Crostata is my grandmothers favorite thing from Italy! When I made this for her it brought her to tears and reminded her of home.. so glad I could do that for her.

Devyn Fedigan

Wow this was heavenly, goes so good with some drizzled caramel on the top too, highly recommend this dessert for all the sweet tooths out there.

Micaela Vonkaenel

Best thing out there that you can make for under 20 bucks!!

Selina Kollath

Italian desserts are the best type of desserts.

Adilene Pay

Little bit of cinnamon and honey goes a long way for this cherry ricotta.

Kathleen Deshong

Scrumptious dessert for anytime of the weekend and it's not too unhealthy compared to some of the cakes ive seen on here haha.

Abbigail Gooler

AMAZING!! super freaking delicious better than any apple pie or vanilla cake you can get store bought.

Alayah Porada

Not the easiest thing to make but it tasted good.


Delicious crostata!

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