Apple Crostata

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Apple Crostata is a simple rustic tart filled with sweet apple filling wrapped in a buttery pastry perfect for holidays and cozy winter nights!

Tis the season for baking holiday favorites like Apple Pie and Ultimate Apple Crisp. This year, why not try a simple take on traditional classics with Apple Crostata, one of my many Dessert Recipes that are fancy, yet easy to make. 

Apple Crostada

APPLE CROSTATA 

This tart is perfect for cold fall evenings, Thanksgiving dinners, or whenever you’re craving something sweet, savory and full of fall flavor. Much simpler and rustic then a full-on pie, Apple Crostata may just be your new favorite dessert for holiday gatherings or long winter nights.

A homemade, buttery pastry crust gathered around an apple mixture like a warm blanket, this dish is was made for cozy nights by the fire, especially when topped with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream!

Apple Crostata is so simple to throw together and practically fool proof. Because Apple Crostata is so easy, especially if you use a pre-made crust or puff pastry, it is the perfect task for little kitchen helpers while you tackle the bigger dishes for your holiday feast.

The perfect Christmas morning breakfast is having a slice of this easy Apple Crostata with a big cup of coffee, finally relaxing after another year of pulling off the craziness of the holiday season.

HOW TO MAKE APPLE CROSTATA

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Peel, core and thinly slice the apples and place them into a large bowl.
  • Add the vanilla, sugar, flour and cinnamon to the large bowl and toss well with the apples.
  • Roll out the pie crust to 12″ wide and add the apples to the center, leaving at least 3″ around the edges.
  • Fold up border in 2 inch wide sections all the way around the crust.
  • Combine the egg white with the water and brush it on the edge of the pie crust, then sprinkle it with the sanding sugar.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

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VARIATIONS ON APPLE CROSTATA

  • Puff Pastry: Make this dish even easier and quicker by making Apple Crostata with puff pastry. Poke a few holes in surface of the puff pastry before adding the apple mixture so that it doesn’t puff up too much.
  • Fruit: There are other winter fruits that pair beautifully with apples, such as fresh pears and plums. You could also swap out the apples and make a Pear Crostata or a Plum Crostata.
  • Savory Fillings: Balance the sweetness of the apples by adding savory fillings like goat cheese and walnuts to your Apple Crostata. 
  • Spices: Add a warm spice blend like Pumpkin Pie Spice to your Apple Crostata for treat bursting with fall flavor. If you want a more traditional flavor, make Cinnamon Apple Crostata by adding a tablespoon of cinnamon and a bit more sugar to your filling.
  • Serve: Try serving a slice of Apple Crostata with homemade Salted Caramel Sauce or a dollop of Homemade Whipped Cream.

CROSTATA VS. GALETTE

You may be asking yourself, what is the difference between a crostata and a galette? Apparently, it all comes down to the name. These tarts are almost identical except that galette is the French word for these freeform buttery pastries and crostata is the Italian word.

BEST APPLES FOR BAKING

Certain apples are much better for baking than others. In this recipe I used Granny Smith apples, however you can use other apples to suit your taste as long as they are firmer, have enough sweetness and tartness to hold up during baking. 

Other apples you could use:

  • Pink Lady
  • Jonagold
  • Honeycrisp
  • Braeburn
  • Pink Lady
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious

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HOW LONG IS APPLE CROSTATA GOOD?

  • Serve: Your Apple Crostata will last for about 2 days if you store it at room temperature. You can extend the shelf life of your crostata by keeping it in an airtight container.
  • Store: Apple Crostata is good in the fridge for up to a week as long as it’s properly sealed up. You should always allow the crostata to cool down to room temperature before you refrigerate it.
  • Freeze: You can freeze your baked crostata for up to 3 months.

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Apple Crostata 

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Apple Crostata is a simple rustic tart filled with sweet apple filling wrapped in a buttery pastry perfect for holidays and cozy winter nights!

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch pie crust
  • 5 granny smith apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sanding sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples and place them into a large bowl.

  3. Add the vanilla, sugar, flour and cinnamon to the large bowl and toss well with the apples.

  4. Roll out the pie crust to 12" wide and add the apples to the center, leaving at least 3" around the edges.

  5. Fold up border in 2 inch wide sections all the way around the crust.

  6. Combine the egg white with the water and brush it on the edge of the pie crust, then sprinkle it with the sanding sugar.

  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 Servings, Amount per serving: 313 calories, Calories: 313g, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 108mg, Potassium: 125mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 405g, Vitamin C: 4g, Calcium: 16g, Iron: 1g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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