Who doesn’t love a good dessert? My family sure does, and one of their favorites is the humble apple pie. It’s so underrated, and with a hefty dollop of cream or vanilla ice cream, it sure puts smiles around my house.

Today, we have an apple crostata recipe for you. Yes, you can be all fancy by calling your apple pie a crostata, and it certainly has a nice ring to it. 

The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it’s packed with apple slices and you can use whichever you prefer, from granny smith apples to empire apples or even apple chunks from a can. Those apples, combined with layers of pastry, are a winner, for sure.

An apple crostata recipe from Skip to My Lou.
Now that looks delicious!

We have so many other tasty dessert dishes for you to try, including this easy brownie recipe, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a pumpkin cinnamon roll skillet cake that’s out of this world. You should try them!

WATCH THE VIDEO and Learn How To Make an Apple Crostata

Equipment Needed 

You’ll need the following kitchen utensils to make this delicious apple crostata:

  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet or baking try
  • 2x Medium bowl
  • Food processor
  • Oven

Apple Crostata Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Superfine sugar
  • Allspice
  • Apples (I prefer sliced and you don’t need to peel them either). If you prepare them early, remember to put them in water with lemon juice, so they don’t go brown
  • Pastry (to make the pie crust). You need enough to make about an 11-inch circle 
  • Cold, unsalted butter

How To Make an Apple Crostata

This is a really simple recipe, and you can get your apple crostata together in under an hour. Here’s how.

Step 1: Place flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and toss through until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

A bowl containing all the dry ingredients for an Apple Crostata.
Start with your dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Step 2: Place your already sliced apples into a bowl and sprinkle then fold the mixture through thoroughly.

The dry ingredient being tossed through apple slices in a bowl.
Toss the mixture through the apple slices.

Step 3: Place the apples on the pastry. Pile them up, but leave about a 2-inch border.

Apple mixture placed on a round pastry disk.
Place the apples on the pastry, but be sure to leave an edge.

Step 4: Make the crumble for the topping by adding flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and butter to the bowl of a food processor. Using the pulse button, blitz the ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture. Add that to the top of the apple crostata and fold the outer pastry upwards to hold all the contents as shown in the image below.

Apple crostate on a baking tray with the pastry edges crimped upwards and topped with the crumble mixture.
Crimp up the edges of the pastry to contain the apple mixture and top with the crumble.

Step 5: Now bake in the oven till the apples are cooked and your crostata is golden brown.

An apple crostata fresh out of the oven.
Fresh out of the oven!

Additional Ideas for an Apple Crostata

You can make some changes to your apple crostata if you’d like.

For example, add a little orange zest to the crumble for a nice zing or serve it with a caramel source.

You could even make several mini apple tarts as individual servings, instead of baking a large crostata as we have above.

Apple Crostata

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes

Equipment

  • Rolling Pin
  • baking sheet
  • 2 Medium bowls
  • food processor
  • Oven

Ingredients  

  • All purpose flour
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Allspice
  • Apples
  • Pastry
  • Unsalted butter

Instructions 

  • Place flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and toss through until all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
  • Place your already sliced apples in a bowl and sprinkle, then fold the mixture through thoroughly.
  • Place the apples on the pastry. Pile them up, but leave about a 2-inch border.
  • Make the crumble for the topping by adding flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and butter to the bowl of a food processor. Using the pulse button blitz the ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture. Add that to the top of the apple crostata and fold the outer pastry upwards to hold all the contents.
  • Now bake in the oven till the apples are cooked and your crostata is golden brown.
Course: Dessert
Author: Cindy Hopper

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