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Apple Crostata
A crostata is a rustic apple tart. Photo and recipe courtesy US Apple Association.




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May 2011

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Recipe: Apple Crostata

An Italian Apple Tart




A crostata is an Italian tart (and crostada is a misspelling). The most popular are fruit tarts, crostate di frutta (crostata is plural; a mixed fruit tart is crostata di frutti, or plural, crostate de frutti). The shells can also be blind-baked and then filled with pastry cream, topped with a few pieces of fresh fruit.

See our Pastry Glossary for the different types of pie and pastry.


Apple Crostata Recipe

Prep and Cook Time: 75 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 refrigerated/ready−made piecrust, or make your own crust
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 or 7 baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup all−purpose flour
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place apples, sugar, walnuts, flour and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl and toss well.
  3. Transfer piecrust to baking sheet. Spoon apple mixture into center of piecrust and fold up sides of pastry to capture apples and juices. Dot with butter.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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