Here is a recipe from my old blog. An oldie but a goodie! Forgive the awkward formatting, and also my awkwardness.
A crostata, for those of you who don’t know (like myself until about a week ago), is a form of Italian pastry, or as defined by Dictionary.com- “A baked tart, either open-faced or topped with a lattice crust, that is filled with fruit, jam, ricotta cheese, or other ingredients.” So that’s exactly what I’m gonna give you- an easy recipe for a apple crostata that only requires a few simple steps. You can impress a lot of people with this pretty pastry, and they never have to know how easy it is to make! I imagine I will be making many more varieties of these in the future, and of course I’ll share those recipes with you as well!
So, I kinda went at this blindly.. I watched someone make a cream cheese and prosciutto crostata on the food network the other day, and got the idea from her. So here we go:
Start with a few simple ingredients: Apples, pie crust, corn starch, sugar and cinnamon.
Peel and slice your apples into pretty skinny pieces, that way they bake quickly.
After you’ve added the cinnamon/sugar/corn starch mixture to the apples, roll out your pie crust, and lay the apples out on top, leaving about an inch or so around the edge.
Now you want to fold up the edges, overlapping where necessary. It doesn’t have to be perfect (obviously), but you want to make sure you have sealed the seams well so the delicious appley juices don’t run out.
Dip a butter knife (or pastry brush if you have one) in water, and spread a light coating of water on top of the crust. Then sprinkle lightly with sugar.
Bake.. and Voila! A beautiful but easy Italian pastry. Be sure to tell all your friends its a crostata, and when they ask what that is, emphasize Italian pastry.. that’ll impress ’em! That’s all there is to it, and it was soo tasty! It wasn’t perfect, however, trust me when I say no one will care once they eat it
Yields: 8 Slices
2 Medium Apples 2 tsp. Corn Starch 1/2 C. Sugar + 1 Tbsp.
2 tsp. Cinnamon 1 9-inch Pie Crust
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Peel and core apples, and slice into thin slivers
3. In a bowl, mix apples w/ cinnamon, 1/2 C. sugar, & corn starch until apples are coated
4. Roll out pie dough onto cookie sheet
5. Lay coated apple slices out on pie dough in a circle shape, leaving ~1 in. around edge
6. Fold up the remaining edges of the pie crust, overlapping where needed
7. Brush a small amount of water on crust edge and sprinkle with remaining sugar
8. Bake for ~15-20 minutes, or until crust is golden-dark brown and apples are soft when poked with a toothpick.