Amazing Apple Crostata


There's an Italian restaurant famous for their family-style eating. You'd think something as simple as apple pie wouldn't be as decadent as this, but you would be very, very wrong. I'm not a dessert lover but I took one of these home and ate it even after it was all soggy from melted ice cream and savored every morsel. There are no words for how good this is. This crust is to die for!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
1 8-inch crostata



  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • 2 tablespoons ice water, or more if needed


  • 1 lemon, halved

  • 6 small Gala apples, peeled and thinly sliced

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar


  1. Mix flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt together with an electric mixer until combined. Mix in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add ice water, 2 teaspoons at a time, while the mixer is running until dough just holds together. Test dough by pinching a small amount between your fingers; if it is crumbly, add a 1 teaspoon more ice water at a time.

  2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill until slightly firm, 20 to 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Squeeze 1/2 the lemon over the apple slices to keep from browning.

  5. Place a large piece of parchment paper on a flat work surface. Roll dough into a round 12 to 16 inches in diameter, 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. Arrange apple slices in 2 layers on the dough, leaving a 1 1/2 to 2-inch border all around. Fold up the border, pleating the edge to make it fit; leave most of the apples uncovered.

  6. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle over apples. Squeeze remaining 1/2 lemon over apples. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar over crust. Transfer parchment paper to a baking sheet.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is golden brown, 50 to 60 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in the crust if preferred.

For a thicker filling, add 2 tablespoons flour to the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Increase cinnamon if desired.

Increase dough recipe by 1/2 for a crust that covers the apples entirely. It is best topped with vanilla ice cream when crust covers all apples.

Consider making 2 to 3 smaller, dough-covered crostatas with recipe if topping with ice cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

480 Calories
24g Fat
66g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 480
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 393mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 170mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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