Published November 13, 2007 by
Sift together flour and salt. Cut in butter or shortening; gradually add sherry. If necessary, add a little water to hold mixture firmly. Do not knead too much. Roll in circular piece about 1/8 inches thick to fit 9 or 10 inch pie plate. Butter plate before placing pastry in it. Cut balance of pastry in strips ½ inch wide to use as crisscross (lattice) top.
Chop almonds fine; add ricotta and mix thoroughly. Beat eggs and granulated sugar well; add vanilla. Add to ricotta; stir until well blended and smooth.
Pour ricotta filling into prepared pastry; place lattice strips over top. Pinch edges lightly. Bake in moderately hot oven 45 minutes or until mixture is firm but not dry and pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven; cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (and optional: more gourmet nuts) just before serving.