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(Cheater) Apple Crostata

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1 (Cheater) Apple Crostata on Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:08 pm


When I don't have enough fruit for a "real" pie, and so I don't end up with a huge "poof" of crust above 1/2" of cooked apples, I end up making a cheater apple crostata. A "real" crostata is usually made free-form on a parchment lined sheet pan and the crust pulled up and crimped around the fruit. When I do that I almost always get a tear or a leak and the juices run all over. So, I "cheat" and just put a bottom crust in a pie pan, fill with my apples (or other fruit) and fold the edges over. No leaks, no cut off crust - easy peasy.

Years ago I got a silpat baking mat - and now I LOVE having it! There is no easy way to roll out crust on a tiled countertop without a nice big flat surface.

Here's my filled crostata ready for the oven ~ the edges were brushed with milk and sprinkled with sugar for a crunchy finish.

And here it is fresh out of the oven. The apples will fall and concentrate as they cool.

If I were serving for company I would carefully loosen the edges and slip the crostata out to a cake plate and drizzle with a nice homemade caramel sauce (and, wouldn't you know, a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream !!).

2 Re: (Cheater) Apple Crostata on Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:33 pm


You don't need company for the caramel and ice cream!!! Very Happy 

Looks delicious.

I know what you mean about the mat. Our house in Prescott has slate tiles. They look beautiful but are not great for rolling dough. I brought my Roul*pat up there and it makes things so much easier to do.

I can't wait to change out those counters for something nice and flat without grout lines.

3 Re: (Cheater) Apple Crostata on Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:28 pm



that looks great. I make them in CI skillet too.

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