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Crostata Autunnale-Autumn Crostata for Kelly Confidential

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I have a thing for crostatas. I especially love the ease of a free-formed crostata. Unpretentious and rustic, it is one of my favorite Italian deserts. I make them very often.
Before I get to my post and recipe...it's time to announce the winner of the Taste of Home Baking Book. It's Reeni from Cinnamon Girl Recipes. Congratulations Reeni!! Email me your info and we'll get the book out to you this week. :)

Fall has arrived here. Snow is falling in parts of Texas and in the Northeast. Yesterday we were experiencing the torrential rains from Hurricane Rina that is thankfully, no longer a threat to us. A hurricane at the end of October is pretty normal for our parts of the world.

This is the time of the year where no matter how hot it still is here, we crave comfort dinners and desserts. This is one of my favorite comfort Italian desserts. I'm honored to have been chosen by Foodbuzz to share one of my favorite comfort food recipes to help support Electrolux's endeavor to end ovarian cancer.

 
Let’s talk about how simple dimple it is to make this crostata. If you’re afraid of tackling a pie crust and making it look pretty in a pie plate, this is the crust for you! Caramelize the fruit with the butter and the sugar while the dough is chilling. Roll out the dough, place it on your baking sheet and add your delicious fruit. Stick it in the oven while you’re eating dinner. A gorgeous dessert will soon be ready to enjoy after dinner. And you barely broke a sweat!
I love to prepare one to have ready for the kids to eat after school. Nothing like a slice of this delicious crostata to ease the burden of dealing with homework and a long day at school. And when the temperatures eventually cool down, a comforting hot cup of tea goes sweetly with this easy and tasty dessert.
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Crostata Autunnale

Ingredients:

Pasta Frolla recipe:
300 grams (10.54 ounces)pastry flour
200 grams (7.025 ounces) unsalted butter
100 grams (3.512 ounces) sugar
1 whole egg and 1 yolk ( 60 grams eggs)
1 beaten egg, to brush on before baking

Filling:
2 medium apples
2 pears
6 dried apricots (I used Turkish apricots)
4 tablespoons apricot jam
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

Put the flour, sugar, salt, and lemon zest in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse briefly to combine the ingredients. Distribute the butter around the bowl and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Add the egg and egg yolk and process until the dough just begins to come together.
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Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and gather it together. Knead it briefly and shape it into a disk. Wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1hour, until well chilled.
When it is nicely chilled, remove from the refrigerator. Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap into a 13-inch round about 1/8-inch thick or slightly thicker.
Carefully place the dough on parchment lined baking sheet.
Filling:
In a small bowl, add the fruit and cinnamon. Mix it all together and let sit for a minute. In a medium sauté pan, add the butter over medium heat. Toss in the fruits and let it cook for a few minutes. Toss in the sugar and let it cook together for about another 5 minutes.
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When filling is ready, spoon the filling around the center of the dough. Leave about 1 inch space around the border. Fold the dough free-form style towards the filling. Brush the beaten egg around the dough.
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Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until golden colored. Serve at room temperature.
Thanks for stopping by to say ciao! Hope you are having a great day!

39 comments

  1. absolutely delicious and beauty crostata! gloria

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  2. This looks gorgeous and delicious! Yum!

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  3. Your crostata are always so gorgeous, Lora!

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  4. Definitely sounds like a way to beat the homework blues! Wish I had a slice right now after all the pasta I just consumed!

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  5. Here I am again with out a decent dinner in the house, no desire to cook and this crostata passes before me. No fair.

    Hear that noise? That's my tummy grumbling and it's all your fault!

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  6. I love the look of crostatas and although I bake pies, I've never made a crostata. I think it's time to change that. Congrats on being selected by Foodbuzz to share this beautiful recipe to raise funds to help end ovarian cancer. I'd vote at Kelly Confidential but I'm in Canada and it's open only to US residents.

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  7. The rustic simplicity of a free form crostata appeals to me, too. Like a pie's free spirited sister ;) Delicious - wish I had a piece with my morning coffee.

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  8. Absolutely autumy...love the peaches..apples and apricot in the crostata!

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  9. What a delicious looking crostata! Lovely and tempting :)

    Hugs

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  10. I love the simplicity of crostatas. And hey, no dirty pie dish! This is perfect for autumn.

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  11. I just got my first food processor and I am dying to try it out. This recipe looks great and is a bit more interesting that a typical apple crostata :)

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  12. This looks so delicious! It's a rainy Sunday afternoon...perfect time to make this!

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  13. Pears, apple and apricot???? I'm drooling just thinking of this! You have mastered the crostata and I want to try each of them you post...I better get cracking :) Hope you've had a lovely weekend, Lora! xo

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  14. I just had dinner and the crostata looks sooo good...wish I had a piece! I don't use my food processor nearly enough, this is a good reason to!

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  15. This looks beautiful! I love the addition of the apricots as well. Yum!

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  16. This looks so good...going to have to try to figure out how to make the crust gluten-free for my family.

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  17. So beautiful and delicious~my mouth is watering:) On to Kelly confidential...

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  18. You make the most beautiful crostatas Lora. Love the fall flavors:)

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  19. Oh wow, I feel like I can almost taste this thru my screen!

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  20. A beautiful crust for a beautiful cause! I just did a blow-out pie party, and you're totally making me regret not giving a nod to my Italian roots (and saving an aluminum pie plate) by having a crostata...

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  21. I so wish I could eat every crostata you make. All of the fruits looks soooo good and I especially love that you used Turkish apricots! (I LOVE those!)
    Hope you're having a great day Lora. :)

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  22. Your crostada just brings autumn into the kitchen. I love the free form, the artful seeming lack of care - but you know all was created with love.

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  23. Such a wonderful Autumn crostata my friend and equally a wonderful cause!! I baked crostatas in the past but I mostly love gawking at yours!!:)

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  24. This looks so delicious and reminds me of the crostatas in Florence...

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  25. I adore crostatas too, and this one looks just lovely!

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  26. I have to make crostata soon. Yours is gorgeous, and so delicious with all of the fruit. thanks for sharing.

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  27. I am with you - Crostatas are one of my favorite desserts!! This one sounds perfect since it has two of my favorite fruits - apples and pears!! I've been looking for a new fall dessert so I can't wait to try it!!

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  28. I can see why you have a thing for crostatas - this looks fantastic!

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  29. This looks like the perfect dessert for fall. ALl of those apples, pears and apricots. Perfect!

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  30. Hi sweet Lora. How I've missed you! We need to chat :-) Thank you for inspiring me with another delicious treat. I love crostatas during these colder months. You make me smile, week after week. Many blessings on this Wednesday. I hope it is full of laughter and fun!

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  31. I'm in love with this! It looks amazing!! :)

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  32. Oh man, this looks like breakfast and dessert for later! Makes me hungry just looking at the picture!

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  33. I was just thinking of making a crostata! I agree, there is nothing really better for an afternoon snack! Yours is luscious with those apples! Yum! I should try your crust recipe! xo

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  34. Absolutely delightful crostata...wonderful for cooler weather:)

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