A crostata is a rustic apple tart. Photo and recipe courtesy US Apple Association.
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
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- Place apples, sugar, walnuts, flour and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl and toss well.
- 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.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
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