Friday, December 3, 2010

Daring Bakers: CROSTATA

The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

Well better late than never right? Due to our computer dying on us this is now up about a week late. If you want to read the entire recipe you can find it here.

We were asked to make a crostata, which basically a pie. I'm not quite sure why people were so excited about this challenge, cause who hasn't made a pie before? but it worked out well for the holiday. I chose to use the 2nd recipe and fill my crust with... you ready for this... pumpkin filling. Yep, original I know. Anyways The dough was tasty before being cooked, but afterwards it still tasted like crust to me. That's just how it goes I guess. Either way there is currently have no pie left in my fridge, which I suppose is the point.

So without further ado, here is the recipe I used, it is very easy.

Pasta Frolla aka Pie crust.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup almond flour, or almond meal, or coconut flour
1/4 cup whole-grain barley flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
a pinch of salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (beaten into the egg)

Basically mix your flours, food processor or by hand whatever floats your boat. Add your chopped butter and work it in till its all crumbly. Don't worry if its not all cohesive. Then pour the butter/flour mixture out onto your counter and push the center down. Kneed in the egg/vanilla mixture into it till the whole thing sticks together. Chill for at least 2 hours.

Thats it. It's just pie crust. This will make one 9" pie or 10" tart. enjoy!

p.s. I've decided tart pans are nicer to use than pie pans.


Judy K said...

speaking from personal experience the pumpkin crostata was nommy!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you about preferring tart pans. I'd forgotten that, however, so thanks for the reminder!

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Simona said...

I am glad that the end result was appreciated at the table.