Torte e crostate

Crostata Classica is a traditional Italian tart that beautifully balances simplicity and elegance. This rustic dessert features a buttery, flaky crust filled with a sweet, flavorful jam or pastry cream, making it a perfect treat for any occasion. Whether you’re serving it for a family gathering or a casual afternoon tea, this crostata is sure to impress.


For the Pastry Dough (Pasta Frolla):

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  • A pinch of salt

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups (about 400g) of your favorite jam (apricot, raspberry, or mixed berry work well)


Preparing the Pastry Dough:

  1. Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, lemon zest (if using), and a pinch of salt.
  2. Incorporate the Butter: Add the cold, cubed butter to the dry ingredients. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Add the Eggs and Vanilla: Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until the dough starts to come together.
  4. Form the Dough: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it forms a smooth ball. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
  5. Chill the Dough: Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Assembling the Crostata:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Roll Out the Dough: On a lightly floured surface, roll out two-thirds of the dough to fit a 9-inch tart pan. Press the dough into the pan and trim any excess.
  3. Add the Filling: Spread the jam evenly over the crust.
  4. Make the Lattice Top: Roll out the remaining dough and cut it into strips. Arrange the strips in a lattice pattern over the jam filling.
  5. Bake: Bake the crostata in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  6. Cool and Serve: Let the crostata cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before serving.

Tips for Success

  • Chill the Dough: Keeping the dough cold helps achieve a flaky crust.
  • Choose Quality Jam: Use a high-quality jam for the best flavor. Homemade jam can elevate this dessert even more.
  • Variations: Experiment with different fillings such as pastry cream or fresh fruit for a delightful twist.


Crostata Classica is a timeless Italian dessert that is both easy to make and delightful to eat. Its rustic charm and delicious flavor make it a beloved treat for many. Try making this classic crostata for your next special occasion and enjoy a taste of Italy at home!

Enjoy baking and buon appetito!

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