Apple Crostata is a very rustic-style apple pie with some added crunch.
The crust is very flaky due to the addition of vegetable shortening but you
can substitute all butter if you prefer. This recipe is also easily adapted to
create other types of fruit crostatas; try sliced pears, peaches, or berries.
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 medium-size apples (we like McIntosh)
1/4 cup sugar
1 heaping tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
3-4 tablespoons apricot preserves
Egg wash: 1 egg yolk, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Confectioners' sugar for dusting
To make the crust:
In a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar.
Pulse in butter and shortening until mixture looks like cornmeal.
Add just enough water until dough starts to come together.
Flatten into a disk, wrap, and refrigerate about 30 minutes.
To make the crunch topping:
In a bowl, combine all the topping ingredients.
Work the mixture together with your fingers to create a crumbly texture.
To make the apple filling:
Peel, quarter, and thinly slice apples.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Add the apples and gently toss to coat them with the mixture.
Preheat oven to 375° F.
On a lightly floured piece of parchment, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle.
Spread the apricot preserves over the center, leaving a 3-inch border.
Place 3/4 of the crunch topping over, still leaving the border.
Lay the apple slices in concentric circles, adding layers until all the apples
are used. Sprinkle with remaining topping. Gently fold the dough border up
and around the edges of the filling.
Carefully slide the paper with the crostata onto a baking sheet.
Brush the top of the dough with the egg wash. Bake for 40 minutes.
Remove from oven and cover dough with foil to prevent burning.
Return to oven and bake additional 15 minutes.
Transfer crostata with paper to a wire rack to cool.
Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.
If you choose flavor over flakiness for your pie
crust, make an all butter crust. Butter has a
sweet taste that you can't get from any other
type of shortening. If you want a flaky crust
with a mild flavor, vegetable shortening, such
as Crisco, is the fat of choice. Vegetable
shortening is a stable fat, so crusts are
easier to work with and retain their shape
well. For the flakiest crust, use lard. Vegans,
and those looking for a crust with no trans fat
or cholesterol, can use vegetable, olive, or
nut oils to make their crusts.
A non-tapered rolling pin applies pressure
evenly, so that your pie crust is of even
thickness from the center to the edges.