Crostata alla Marmellata

Crostata alla Marmellata is a classic Italian jam tart that’s perfect for dessert or a sweet treat with coffee. Here’s a simple recipe:

Ingredients:

For the Pastry Dough:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup fruit jam or marmalade of your choice (apricot, raspberry, strawberry, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Pastry Dough:
    • In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse a few times to mix.
    • Add the cold, cubed butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and vanilla extract.
    • Add the egg mixture to the food processor and pulse until the dough starts to come together.
  2. Form the Dough:
    • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it a few times until it comes together.
    • Shape the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. Roll Out the Dough:
    • On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough into a circle about 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter.
  5. Assemble the Crostata:
    • Transfer the rolled-out dough to a tart or pie pan. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of the pan, trimming any excess.
    • Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork to prevent it from puffing up during baking.
    • Spread the fruit jam or marmalade evenly over the crust.
  6. Create a Lattice Top (Optional):
    • If you like, you can create a lattice top by cutting strips of dough and arranging them in a crisscross pattern over the jam.
  7. Bake:
    • Bake the crostata in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  8. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the crostata to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Once cooled, slice and serve.
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