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August 5, 2009

Summer Berries Crostata ( Rustic Pie)

Filed under: Bakings, Desserts, Snacks, Uncategorized — nshahida @ 10:31 pm


I will update more on this later..iA but nothing more interesting than the recipe itself, correct? So feel free to try this with your own creativity and variation for the filling.. make it fascinating.


Summer Berries Crostata (Rustic Pie)

Source: Ina Garten Cookbook, (Ina at home)



For the pastry (makes 2 crostatas)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated or superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) ice water.

For the pastry:


Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and toss quickly (and carefully!) with your fingers to coat each cube of butter with the flour. Pulse 12 to 15 times, or until the butter is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water all at once through the feed tube. Keep hitting the pulse button to combine, but stop the machine just before the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board, roll it into a ball, cut in half, and form into 2 flat disks. Wrap the disks in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. If you only need 1 disk of dough The other disk of dough can be frozen.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll the pastry into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer it to the baking sheet

For the filling (makes 1 crostata)

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh cherries , seeded and sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 Tablespoon for sprinkling
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh milk, for brushing, optional

For the filling:



1-Place blueberries and cherries in a bowl. Toss them with 1 tablespoon of the flour, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, the orange zest, and the orange juice.


Place the mixed fruit on the dough circle, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border.

2-Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the fruit. Gently fold the border of the pastry over the fruit, pleating it to make an edge. Brush the pastry with fresh milk. Sprinkle with a little bit of sugar.


3-Bake the crostata for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust is golden and the fruit is tender. Let the crostata cool for 5 minutes, then use 2 large spatulas to transfer it to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.



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