For the pasta frolla, mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Rub the butter in finely, making sure the mixture remains cool and powdery and does not become pasty. Beat the egg and milk or water together with a fork and stir into the flour-butter mixture. Continue stirring until the dough masses together in the bowl. Turn out onto a work surface and knead lightly until smooth. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm.
For the pastry cream, bring the milk, grated orange zest, and half the sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl, then whisk in the remaining sugar and sift the flour on top. Whisk the flour in smoothly. When the milk mixture boils, whisk one-third of it into the yolk mixture. Return the remaining milk mixture to a boil and whisk the yolk mixture into it. Continue whisking until the cream thickens and returns to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and cinnamon. Pour the pastry cream into a bowl, cover the surface directly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold.
To assemble, cut off one-third of the pasta frolla and reserve. Roll out the rest of the dough into a
Pour in half the cold pastry cream and distribute the cherries evenly over it, then cover the cherries with the remaining pastry cream.
Roll out the reserved dough into a
Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, until the pastry is a light gold. Cool in the pan on a rack before unmolding. To unmold, invert onto a flat plate, lift off the pan, replace the pan with another plate or platter, and then reinvert so that the pizza is right side up. Serve the pizza at room temperature. Refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap, if not serving within 2 hours. Unwrap and bring to room temperature before serving.
Omit the grated orange zest from the pastry cream and add 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely cut, to the cream as it comes off the heat. Allow to stand 2 minutes, for the chocolate to melt, and whisk until smooth. Stir in
Or prepare the orange or chocolate pizza di crema with a top crust, as in Torta di Crema di Limone, Santa Margherita.
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