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In The Kitchen

Apple Crostata

This simple and rustic apple crostata is the perfect way to showcase everyone’s favorite fruit, and as a bonus, baking it makes your home smell heavenly! Even if you’re a novice baker, be sure to give this recipe a try- it’s forgiving and super easy, and the results are well worth the effort. Serve this warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a real treat!

 

By Elizabeth Palmer Starnes

 

Serves 4-6

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Ingredients:

 

Dough:

 

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick very cold butter, diced
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

 

Filling:

 

  • 3 firm apples (try Pink Lady, Gala, or Macintosh), cored and chopped into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter, diced
  • 1 egg, beaten with a splash of water
  • Brown sugar, for sprinkling

 

Directions:

 

  1. First, make the dough. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the s blade attachment, blitz together the dry ingredients. Add the butter, and blitz together 10-12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. Add the cold water, and blitz together until the dough just sticks together, being careful not to over-process the dough.
  2. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. For the filling, first preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Roll out the dough on a baking sheet in an 11-inch circle. Arrange the chopped apples in the center of the dough in an even layer, leaving a roughly 1-inch border around the edge.
  4. In a bowl, toss together the flour, oats, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add the butter, and work it into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender, or with your fingers, until it starts holding together.
  5. Sprinkle the topping over the apples, then pleat the extra dough around the crostata. Brush the dough with the egg wash, and sprinkle it lightly with brown sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the apples are tender and the dough is golden brown. Allow to cool slightly, and serve.

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