Thursday, July 7, 2011

Blueberry Crostata

As most of you already know, aside from anything containing chocolate, I absolutely love fresh blueberries - especially when they are in a freshly baked treat! I had just picked up some fresh blueberries and wanted to use them in a dessert, but I was also really craving a crostata.  A crostata is a baked Italian treat that is in between a tart and a pie.  There are many different fillings that can be used, but I had only ever had them with raspberry jam and apples.  However, since my beautiful blueberries were staring me in the face, I decided to go for a blueberry crostata.  I was hesitant at first because I did not want it to turn out too tart, but oh my god... the end result was amazing! I've already had requests from my family to make them a blueberry crostata! If I received approval from my Italian grandmother, then I know that I must have done something right! 
Blueberry Crostata
Ingredients

Crust (Makes 2):
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup (2 sticks) butter, unsalted
-6 tablespoons ice water
-1 egg, lightly beaten with a splash of water for egg wash

Filling (enough for one crust - double if making two):
-1 pint fresh blueberries
-2 tablespoons sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 
-1 tablespoon cornstarch 
-1 orange zested and juiced or 1 lemon zested and juiced (I use/prefer orange)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and salt together.  Slowly add in the butter until the mixture begins to crumble together.  Add the ice water one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and cut into two equal sized pieces.  Wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.  I made two crostata's so I left both mounds of my dough in the fridge, but if you are only making one, then you can keep the extra dough in the freezer until ready to use.

Meanwhile, mix the blueberries in a bowl with the lemon and orange zests and juices, sugar, and cornstarch.

When the dough is ready, roll it out on a prepared pan into a circle and pour the blueberry filling in the middle.  Leave two inches from the edge of the dough so that you have enough room to fold the dough over at the edges.  Fold and pleat the dough all the way around so that everything is sealed.  Brush the dough with the egg wash and sprinkle some sugar over the top.

Place the crostata into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is a nice golden brown and the blueberries are bubbling.  Serve warm and enjoy!
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28 comments:

  1. Wow! That is so gorgeous! I love all those blueberries....perfect for a summer breakfast on the porch :-)

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  2. This is one of those purist dessert recipes. Just flaky crust and fresh berries-simple but awesome flavor. No dairy products needed at all. Lovely-thanks for sharing.

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  3. Stunning! My husband would be over the moon if I made this...I'll have to surprise him soon~

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  4. The blueberry dessert looks beautiful and yummy! I think I should keep your blog bookmarked for my next party menu!

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  5. This looks amazing! I will have to try and make this soon.

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  6. Wow, this looks delicious! Great recipe - I will definitely be making this.

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  7. I think crostata was the right choice! This looks divine!!! And the blue color is scrumptious!

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  8. I love crostatas and yours is absolutely amazing! Buzzing this with the hopes it makes the Top 9!

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  9. Perfectly baked and looks awesome!

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  10. Just beautiful! Where's my fork? I could eat it up all on my own...no help needed. ;)

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  11. I never came across a similar recipe, but it really looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Would love to have a bite of that or two .. or may be the whole of it! Looks lovely

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  13. That is gorgeous! Such vibrant and rich colors... LOVE it!

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  14. Scandalicious! Thats a phenomenal looking crostata. Amazing :) Buzzed!

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  15. Looks delicious! Beautiful too!

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  16. WOW! Your crostata is so pretty! My crostatas always look "rustic" LOL! :D

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  17. This is soooo pretty! Look at that crust! Looks like you got some great berries, too - they look nice and plump, even after their time in the oven...

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  18. wow, these pictures are mouth watering. i love your blog, your cakes are amazing! now your newest follower! :)

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  19. Yum! This crostata looks delicious and so pretty! Don't you just love the colour of blueberries??

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  20. Oh my- this crostata is just so, so pretty! I can not wait for blueberry season to hurry itself up and get to Seattle!!

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  21. Very beautiful! I love berry crostatas, especially during the summer!

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  22. your blueberry crostata looks oh so delicious! that crust must have been a joy to eat with all that butter in it!!

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  23. I love crostata and yours is so well done. Great photos. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. So mouthwatering and pretty, too. I love the touch of orange and lemon in there, too.

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  25. I love both crostata and blueberries. So your crostata is just PERFECT! I would totally add in zest too, as I love citrus kick. This looks delicious!

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  26. I'm such a huge blueberry lover...I posted several blueberry recipes, but have not made a crostata yet. Your blueberry crostata looks amazing...the crust is perfect, flaky and beautiful, and the filling is to "die for"
    For sure I want to try your recipe...thanks for sharing!!!

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  27. I just made this and I added peaches and lime zest. OMGoodness!!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I struggled with the crust but that will come with time. I will probably make another one tomorrow! LOL

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  28. I'm glad you liked it! Crusts can be tricky.. I'm not sure if yours was too wet or too dry, but just either add more flour or water. If you had other issues though just let me know!

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