Easy Crostatas

How to Make Easy Crostatas

Even if you’ve never made pie before, you can make crostatas. Get the premade pie fillings now to make it even easier!

Crostatas: Easier than Pie

Crostatas are easier than pie. And we actually mean it. Making a typical pie means going through the hassle of rolling out the pie dough, fitting it into the pie pan, crimping the edges to make it look pretty, and hoping the sides of the pie crust don’t collapse while baking.

You don’t have to worry about that with crostatas. Crostatas are little free-form pies, no pie pan necessary. Just mix the pie crust mix with water for about a minute, form cute little cups as shown, fill them as desired, and you have quick and easy individual desserts that the family will love.

4 Easy Steps

Step 1: Just add water and mix the dough. Follow the instructions on the back of the pie crust mix packaging. Add water and mix for one minute.

 

Step 2: Roll and cut the dough. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thick and cut six rounds.

 

Step 3: Add the filling and fold. Put the filling in the center of each round. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the sides together, so it holds its shape.

 

Step 4: Bake. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees or until lightly browned.

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A Few Quick Tips

  • Use a biscuit cutter to easily cut uniform rounds
  • Use pre-made pie fillings instead of fresh fruit to make this dessert an even quicker process.
  • If you do use fresh fruit, drizzle it with your favorite syrup mix (cooking the syrup just a bit longer to thicken it up) for an excellent fruit sauce.

The Original Apple Crostata Recipe

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Roll out the dough to slightly less than a quarter of an inch thick.
  3. Cut out 6-inch rounds.
  4. Place three tablespoons of apple pie filling in the center of each round.
  5. Fold the dough over the filling, leaving the center open about one inch. Pinch the folds as you go. The folds will hold together better if you use a damp towel to rub over the creases and wipe away any extra flour.
  6. Place each crostata on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until the crust begins to brown. Remove the pies to a baking rack to cool.

To Make Your Own Apple Pie Filling

A truly simple crostata would use pre-made pie filling to make it a quick and easy dessert, but you can make your own filling with fresh apples if you’re feeling adventurous.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups tart apples (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • caramel sauce

Directions:

  1. Saute the apple slices with the cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Drizzle the apples with the caramel sauce
Note: Bake the crostatas until the apples are tender. This may add a few extra minutes of baking time with the raw apples.

To Make Your Own Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound brown sugar
  • 1 cup (two sticks) butter
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and corn syrup. When the mixture is hot, add the sugar and salt and stir together until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Use a soft spatula dipped in water to wash down the sides of the pan to make sure there are no remaining sugar crystals to be dissolved. Rub a bit of the mixture between your fingers to feel for remaining sugar crystals. You should feel no gritty sugar.
  3. Once all of the sugar crystals have been dissolved, turn up the heat to cook the mixture until it reaches 240 degrees on the candy thermometer, stirring frequently.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the flavor. Serve while warm.
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