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Easier than pie? A crostata—a rustic free-form one-crust tart—rewards bakers with its simplicity and no-fail results.

Fresh Peach and Raspberry Crostata

Appears in July-August 2022

2 hours 40 minutes active, plus cooling

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Fresh Peach and Raspberry Crostata

This rustic free-form tart is a beautifully delicious way to showcase sweet, summery peaches (or nectarines) and ripe, plump berries. We take a very minimalist approach to the filling and mix the fruits with only white sugar, grated lemon zest and a pinch of salt; we skip the spices and thickeners that blunt delicate floral flavors and aromas. The crust that encases the filling is especially high in butter, but it comes together with remarkable ease in a food processor and handles beautifully. After rolling the dough into a round, we dust the surface with a light layer of sugar, then invert the dough sugared side down onto the baking sheet. The sugar coating helps the pastry bake up with a shattering crispness that, along with its rich, buttery flavor, perfectly complements the succulent fruits. We especially like raspberries in this tart, but if you prefer, feel free to substitute blackberries or blueberries. And if you wish to change up the citrus, try orange zest in place of the lemon zest. Serve warm or at room temperature. Ice cream, gelato or lightly sweetened whipped cream are perfect embellishments.

8

Servings

Tip

Don’t allow the butter to soften before use. Keep the cubes in the refrigerator until the moment you add them to the food processor. When rolling out the dough, if at any point it becomes soft, don’t hesitate to put it on a parchment-lined baking sheet and into the refrigerator to cool down and firm up. Lastly, don’t assemble the filling until the dough is rolled and ready because the sugar will begin to draw out the fruits’ juices as soon as they’re combined.

2 hours

40 minutes active, plus cooling

Reviews
Dorothee W.
July 18, 2022
Delicious
The recipe was easy and the finished crostata had just the right amount of sweetness. I added blueberries to the peaches and raspberries, which gave it an extra kick. I am not a great baker but will definitely make it again.
Wendy W.
July 15, 2022
Easy and delicious!
I loved it! The only challenge was that I couldn't move it from the baking sheet to a platter without breaking it. Perhaps if I cut it in half and move each half that would work.
Matthew P.
July 10, 2022
I'll never make normal pie again: I'm completely converted!
This recipe is so easy, so fresh, and far more rewarding than any pie I've made in 20 years. I wish I could convert custard pie to this format, but all my fruit pies will be adjusted!
Patricia P.
July 1, 2022
Made this recipe with my granddaughter!
We made it together and it was great! She was so proud!
Priscilla W.
July 1, 2022
Berry filling
I decided to use strawberries and blackberries for the filling. It was way too soupy and made the center pretty soggy. Strawberries don’t hold up well when cooked. The crust was excellent though, so I think I’ll try the peaches next time.

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