Crostata is yet another food that has many, many versions. The traditional "home" made crostata is simply pie dough topped with jam and sometimes a lattice of dough. Other versions, like this one, are made with whole fruit like apples or berries. Some use almond paste as a base under the fruit. I made this last evening to go with on of our favorite dinners of pasta with marinara and meatballs and my own cheese bread. Delicious!
Apple, Pear and Almond Crostata
1 cup flour
1 T sugar
1/4 t salt
1 stick butter - diced
2 - 3 T ice water
Stir flour, sugar and salt together well. Add butter and rub together until crumbly. Add water 1 T at a time until dough forms a firm ball. Flatten and chill between waxed paper while prepping fruit.
2 medium apples
2 medium pears
1/2 c sliced almonds
1/4 c sugar
1/4 t freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 t ground cinnamon
Peel and seed fruits-cut into small dice. Toss with sugar and spices.
Roll out dough between waxed paper to roughly a 12 - 14" round. Transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet. Top the center of the dough with fruit and sugar and toss almonds over the top, leaving a one and a half inch edge. Fold edge over, making a rustic looking tart.
Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and fruit is tender. Top with confectioner's sugar or chocolate sauce.