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.

Please visit kelly-confidential.com to vote for YOUR favorite comfort foods and/or share your own. For every selection or entry, Electrolux will donate $1 tot eh Ovarian Cancer Research Fund as part of its $1 million commitment to the cause. Plus, you will be entered for a chance to win an Electrolux Induction Cooktop, which makes cooking your favorite comfort foods fast and easy thanks to induction technology.
 

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.
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