Crostata – a Taste of Italy

On a recent visit to Italy we explored the countryside of Umbria with it’s authentic renaissance towns in perfect condition still occupied by locals with hardly a tourist in site. We stayed at a romantic AirBNB, Magic Winds, with welcoming hosts who produced the best peaches I have ever tasted from their parent’s farm, heavenly jam made according to Papa’s secret recipe and, for breakfast, Bernadetta and Sylvio produced this delicious Crostata. It’s not particularly sweet and the pastry is bread-like and keeps a few days. We love it for breakfast, afternoon tea or even dessert. We don’t have homemade jam but it’s important to use a quality product like Hanks Apricot Jam or perhaps the Harris Farm Market Blueberry Jam. I also think it would be delicious using a good marmelade.

2 eggs
150g butter
100g sugar
350g flour
1/2 cake fresh yeast or 1x7g sachet dry yeast
2 cups jam(Hanks apricot or Harris Farm Blueberry) or marmelade.

  1. Break eggs and mix yolk and egg whites lightly with a fork in a mixing bowl. Add sugar and beat in Kenwood Mixer until mixture forms a thick white cream.
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes. Add to egg mixture a cube at a time whilst continuing to mix.
  3. Add flour and yeast slowly, mixing all the time. Now knead until you reach a homogenous mixture. I use the kneading hook on the Kenwood mixer for a while then finish off by hand.
  4. Place dough in the Fridge 30 minutes.(20 mins not enough).
  5. Pull and stretch the dough then place 80% of it in 28cm round baking tin or a 24x34cm rectangualr tin. Retain the rest of the dough to make strips for the top.
  6. Spread the jam on the dough in the tin leaving a ½ cm border around the edge free.
  7. Now make strips with remaining dough and layer across in a criss cross fashion.
  8. Bake at 170 degrees C for approximately 30-35 minutes.Buoni appetito!!!
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