Apple Crostata with Oat Crumble Topping

Apple Crostata with Oat Crumble Topping
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Apple Crostata with Oat Crumble Topping
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When someone says “as easy as pie,” they’ve never baked with my mom. This Apple Crostata with Oat Crumble Topping is easy to make…it was just hard to pin down!

The Perfect Mixture

This recipe is really a cross between a pie and a crostata (“pietata,” anyone?). Whatever you call it, it’s my mom’s hard-captured recipe, worth every bit of the wrestling I had to do to get it down in print.

Whether you call this pie or crostata, you’ll probably use “delicious” to describe it.

This recipe makes enough dough for two, 9.5-inch pie pans (or crostatas) and enough filling for one. You can freeze the remaining dough for up to two months.

If you don’t want to use a pie pan for this recipe, roll out your dough into a large circle (about 11-12 inches) then place it on a baking sheet. Add the apple filling to the center of the dough, and fold and pleat it all the way around as you would if you were following the instructions below.

 

6
Servings
635
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

This recipe makes enough dough for two, 9.5-inch pie pans (or crostatas) and enough filling for one. You can freeze the extra dough for up to two months.

 

If you don’t want to use a pie pan for this recipe, roll out your dough into a large circle (about 11-12 inches) then place it on a baking sheet. Add the apple filling to the center of the dough, and fold and pleat it all the way around as you would if you were following the instructions

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2/3 cups Crisco
  • 3/4 cups cold water
  • Dash of granulated sugar for dusting

For the Filling

  • 6 small apples (Jonagold, Gala)
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups cold water, plus another 1/3 cup
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chilled butter, cut into small pieces

For the Crumble Mixture

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces

Directions

For the Dough

  1. Add the flour to a large bowl along with the salt and sugar and sift together.
  2. Add the Crisco to the dry ingredients. With your fingers or a pastry blender, mix the ingredients together. Add the water to the dough, a little at a time, and continue to mix until it looks like a course meal and there are several pea-sized clumps that form.
  3. Continue to mix the dough until it’s soft enough to form a dough ball.
  4. Split the dough into two equal portions and form them into disks. Wrap the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate them for about an hour.
  5. When you’re ready to form your crust, lightly flour your work surface and then the top of the dough, too. Start rolling out the dough with a rolling pin, moving it in one direction, starting at the middle of the dough, away from you. Rotate the dough a few times and continue the same rolling motion. The dough should be about 1/8-inch thick and about 3 inches larger than the size of your inverted pie pan.
  6. When you’re ready to move the dough to the pie pan, roll it over your rolling pin and unroll it over the pie pan. Let the dough settle to the bottom of the pan and gently press it down with your hands (you can also lightly bang the pan on your counter and rotate it). There should be about 3 inches of extra dough around the edges.
  7. Add the apple mixture evenly across the bottom of the pie pan. Dot the top of the mixture with the 1 tablespoon of chilled butter pieces.
  8. Fold the overhanging dough toward the center of the pie, pleating it all the way around. There should be a portion of the filling (in the middle) that will be exposed. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

For the Filling

  1. Add the apples to a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar and 3/4 cups of water and coat well. Strain the liquid from the apples and place the liquid in a small saucepan.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and 1/3 cup of water until smooth.
  3. Bring the liquid in the pan to a boil. Once boiling, add the cornstarch mixture, a little at a time, until the liquid thickens. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour the thickened mixture over the sliced apples and mix well to coat. Allow this mixture to stand for at least 30 minutes.

For the Crumble Mixture

  1. In a small bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Add in the pieces of chilled butter and mix well with your hands to incorporate it.
  2. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the exposed filling, mounding it slightly. Use your fingers to press the crumble down a bit.
  3. Lightly moisten the top of the crust with a bit of water and dust it with a little sugar.
  4. Go back to step 5 under "For the Dough" for baking instructions.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
8mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
113g
87%
Protein
16g
35%
Vitamin A, RAE
127µg
18%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
109mg
11%
Choline, total
14mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
239µg
60%
Iron, Fe
9mg
50%
Magnesium, Mg
44mg
14%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
222mg
32%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
41µg
75%
Sodium, Na
105mg
7%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
72g
3%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Apple Shopping Tip

When buying apples, they should be firm, free of bruises, and heavy for their size.

Apple Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.