Blueberry Crostata and Miami Beach

by cakeduchess on July 27, 2011 · 19 comments

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I wish I could tell you I made this crostata with blueberries we just finished picking. I wish I could say they were from a local farmer’s market. The truth is, I found them at Costco the other day. And they were REALLY good.


Not as good as the blueberries my mother-in-law’s neighbor brought us while we were in Italy one day last month. But close. Really close.

So we have gorgeous cousins visiting from Italy for a month. One cousin’s father has about a dozen pastry shops in Italy. I’m trying to impress them. I think it’s working.

They dig my blueberry crostata. They said they were looking forward to eating it for breakfast the next day more than they were looking forward to a shopping trip at the mall.

My crostata trumped Abercrombie & Fitch. For at least five minutes. 
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Today I jogged/ran/walked/sweat for about 30 minutes. Then we went to the mall. Yes, the mall. I had to train for a mall expedition with an 18 year old, 19 year old, and my two kids. It’s a good thing I trained. We were there for hours and it seemed more like days.

It’s not easy baking with a pasta frolla in this intense heat. Yes, I have working air conditioning. You have to move really fast with the dough.
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Blueberry Crostata
serves approx 6-8

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)

dough directions:

In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour and sugar and process a few times to mix together. Next add the butter and pulse a few times until the mixture looks like wet sand. Add the egg and yolk and process a few seconds more until the dough forms (this should be about 5-7 more pulses). Be sure to not overprocess the dough.

Dump the dough from the food processor bowl onto a lightly floured counter. Form the dough into a disk and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.

filling directions:

Bring all the filling ingredients to a boil in a heavy medium pot. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Don’t worry if every single cranberry does not completely pop. Set the sauce aside to cool.

baking the crostata:

Preheat oven to 375°F with a foil-lined large baking sheet on middle rack.

When dough 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 thick.

Spray an 11-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom with baking spray. Gently wrap the dough over the rolling pin and place it over the tart pan; release the rolling pin and let the dough fall into the tart pan. Press the dough softly into the bottom of the tart pan. If some of the dough breaks while you press it into the tart pan, that’s not a problem. Simply piece the dough together. Press the sides of the dough about 1/2 inch up the side of the tart pan. The rim of the tart should be lined with a slightly thicker layer of pastry than the bottom  (about 1/4-inch thick). Cut off the extra dough from the sides and keep these excess pieces to make the lattice topping. Place this tart pan in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes (or even longer if necessary) to chill.

When the dough is chilled and ready to fill, remove the tart pan from the refrigerator and prick the pastry bottom with a fork a few times.

 

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For the blueberry filling:
1 pound blueberries, picked over, washed, dried
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In a small bowl, whisk a tablespoon of water with the cornstarch and set it aside. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 lb. blueberries, sugar and 1 tablespoon water.  Bring to a boil.

When blueberries reach a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until blueberries pop and mixture begins to thicken – about 3 minutes.

Add cornstarch mixture and lemon juice to thickened blueberries, stirring constantly.  Simmer 30 seconds, stirring constantly.  Fold in remaining blueberries.   Let sit at room temperature until set, at least 1 hour.  I refrigerated mine and used them the next day to fill my crostata.

When the dough is chilled and ready to fill, remove the tart pan from the refrigerator and prick the pastry bottom with a fork a few times.

After taking the blueberries out of the refrigerator, I let the blueberries come to room temperature on the kitchen counter and then filled the crostata leaving about a 1/2 inch space to the top of the tart shell.

Bake for about 40-50 minutes at 375 F, or until the crust is golden brown.
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We decided to take the drive down to Miami Beach last Sunday. Lord, was it HOT! You could see the steam coming off of the sidewalks. You could see the full moon. Wait! It was the middle of the day! Well, let’s just say there were a lot of women scantily clad. When did dental-floss thin g-strings become in fashion again? That’s all I want to know.

We’re not taking the kids to Miami Beach for maybe a few more years. There’s Gabriella with her Italian cousins.
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We finally stopped by a pizzeria we’ve heard about and have been wanting to visit. We agreed that we didn’t even have pizza like this last month in Italy. It was incredible. Even the cousins said it was incredible.

If you are going to Miami, stop by this place. The pizza was light and airy. It wasn’t crispy. If you like a crispy pizza, you may not say, “This is the best pizza.” Every time I closed my eyes and took a bite of the pizza, I was in Napoli.
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Thank you for stopping by. Hope you’re having a fabulous week! I’m sorry I’ve not been too active visiting blogs these last few weeks. I’ll have more time in a few weeks when our cousins go back to Italy and the kids go back to school.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Alan Cooke July 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

That blueberry crostata looks awesome! I could eat the whole thing. After I ate the whole pizza, of course! Nice to have fun fun with family. Oh, could I get directions to that beach….lol

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Pretend Chef July 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

This crostata looks so delicious. I would love a slice of this or that pizza for breakfast. Yummy! Looks like the kids are having a great summer vacation. Enjoy!

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Kate@Diethood July 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Love that crostata, Lora…it’s gorgeous!!

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Roxana GreenGirl July 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I don’t know what I’d like first : a slice of that pizza or a slice of the delicious blueberry crostata. I love berry desserts!
Enjoy your time with your family!

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notyet100 July 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Will try this sometime

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Maris (In Good Taste) July 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

That is one gorgeous crostata!

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Gria Loka July 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Hey I went to that pizza place =) Pie looks good…reminds me of thanksgiving :)

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Marnely Rodriguez July 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Love this crostata! SO wishing we had nice blueberries here! Have a slice for me! (or 5 slices…) Yum!

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Cassie @ Bake Your Day July 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

This is beautiful and I love how simple the ingredients are. I have some blueberries in the fridge and an afternoon by myself with nothing on my calendar. Hmmm, what to do?!?!

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briarrose July 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Gorgeous job as always. :)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 28, 2011 at 1:32 am

Lora- this looks amazing! I just want to eat that blueberry filling by the spoon.

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Reeni July 28, 2011 at 1:47 am

Your crostata is a vision of blueberry loveliness! I would love a slice for my breakfast. The perfect way to wake up. Enjoy your visit! xoxo

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Mari July 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

I love your crostata, with blueberries, I am sure it is a delicacy. The pizza looks great too! Enjoy your family staying over. Hugs :)

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Lilla July 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Your crostata looks delicious…and beautiful pizza in Miami :)

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marifra79 July 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

Adoro le frolle e le crostate… davvero splendida la tua! Un abbraccio e buonissima giornata

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Curt July 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

That looks nice and sweet. Not to mention very tasty!

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Lizzy July 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

SO gorgeous! There’s something that’s so appealing about a lattice crust, and you’ve mastered it! Hubby LOVES blueberries, so I will have to attempt this before the summer is over. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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Maureen July 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm

This crostata looks so good I wouldn’t care where the berries were from. :)

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CopyKat Recipes August 24, 2011 at 2:14 am

This looks beautiful, I need all the help I can get when I roll out a pie crust!

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