My next step was to get some apples..Well, that won't be a problem, my brother has apples in his yard, so all I have to do it go and pick some. We went there one day and the apples were at the top of the trees, so my husband climbed the trees and threw the apples down to me ~~ the hardest part I had was catching them right? Have you ever tried to catch an apple that was thrown down from the top of the tree... Not so easy and a few fell to the ground and rolled down the gully.. No I didn't go and get them. Those ones will be easier for the animals to eat :).
|a bag full of yummy apples|
..... And Crostatas are easy as pie
Here is how I made mine.
pie crust either homemade or store bought
For home made pie crust: (adapted from Crostatas: They are easy as pie - called pasta frolla)
3cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp salt
finely grated zest of one lemon
1 cup cold unsalted butter (cut in 1/2 inch cubes)
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
3-4 apples or peaches cut in slices
sugar to sprinkle over crust
1 egg white whisked with 1 tsp milk
1/4 cup oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp butter
caramel topping - homemade or store bought
For homemade caramel topping I used this recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian no fail caramel sauce.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
If using homemade pie crust, make this first as it needs to be refrigerated for at least an hour prior to using. In large bowl, combine flour, confectioner's sugar, salt and lemon zest. Cut butter and place in bowl and mix together until mixture is crumbly. Add egg and egg yolks and mix until the dough comes together. I use my hands to mix this but you can also use a food processor fitted with metal blade. Once dough comes together take out of bowl and place on work space with small amount of flour on the table. Knead it briefly and shape into disc or ball and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Once ready to make crostatas, take homemade crust or store bought crust out of refrigerator and let sit for at least 45 minutes. While waiting for the crust to become pliable to work with, slice apples or peaches. I added a bit of lemon juice to my apples so they didn't get brown. If using store bought pie crust roll out and cut into approx 5 inch circles ( I used a glass bowl to do this). I then rolled out the left over dough and cut more circles. I was able to get 6 circles out of one pie crust. If using homemade dough, knead slightly and roll out to about 1/8 inch high~ using glass bowl cut into 5 inch circles. Place on cookie sheet covered with baking mats or parchment paper.
Place 5 -6 slices of peaches or apples in the center of each dough circle. Bring edges of the dough up around the fruit. Whisk 1 egg white with 1 tsp mild until frothy. Brush edges of dough with egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar, you can also sprinkle fruit with sugar if you would like it sweeter.
To make crumble combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cut butter into small pieces and mix with oat/flour mixture until it is crumbly. Sprinkle this mixture over the center of your crostatas.
Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, turn down to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown in colour. Let cool for a few minutes and drizzle caramel sauce over the entire individual crostata.
* You can make this in a big pie also, instead of cutting in individual 5 inch round pieces, just roll out the store bought pie crust or homemade pie crust to 9 or 10 inch round. I used a tart pan to make my big crostata as it was easier to carry, but it can be placed on cookie sheet also.
|dry ingredients and cut butter|
|mix until crumbly|
|mix until you can form ball or disc|
|roll out dough and cut into 5" circles|
|add apples to center of dough|
|Add peaches to center of dough|
|drizzle caramel over crostata|
|drizzled with caramel sauce after baked|
Til next time <3 <3 <3 Marlys