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Daring Bakers: Crostada

November 28, 2010

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.

This week’s challenge was awesome, because it was perfect timing for me to make a crostada for the Grey Cup get-together I am going to tomorrow evening (Grey Cup being the Canadian version of the Super Bowl, incidentally). It also gave us bakers a lot of freedom to make whatever kind of filling we wished, just as long as we made the pasta frolla. Since I told everyone I was going to bring an apple pie, I just used apple filling from the Pioneer Woman’s Dreamy Apple Pie.

While the Pioneer Woman does have a topping for her apple pie, I decided to use my leftover pasta frolla and make some lattice work over top. We shall see how that turns out tomorrow, but for tonight, it looks gorgeous.

Pasta Frolla

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. minus 1 tablespoon [105 ml, 100 g, 3 ½ oz] superfine sugar (see Note 1) or a scant 3/4 cup [180ml, 90g, 3 oz] of powdered sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cup [420 ml, 235 g, 8 1/4 oz.] unbleached all-purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 stick [8 tablespoons / 4 oz. / 115 g] cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • grated zest of half a lemon (you could also use vanilla sugar as an option, see Note 2)
  • 1 large egg and 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten in a small bowl

Making pasta frolla by hand:

  1. Whisk together sugar, flour and salt in a bowl.
  2. Rub or cut the butter into the flour until the mixture has the consistency of coarse crumbs. You can do this in the bowl or on your work surface, using your fingertips or an implement of choice.
  3. Make a well in the center of the mounded flour and butter mixture and pour the beaten eggs into it (reserve about a teaspoon of the egg mixture for glazing purposes later on – place in the refrigerator, covered, until ready to use).
  4. Add the lemon zest to your flour/butter/egg mixture.
  5. Use a fork to incorporate the liquid into the solid ingredients, and then use your fingertips.
  6. Knead lightly just until the dough comes together into a ball.
  7. Shape the dough into a flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Place the dough in the refrigerator and chill for at least two hours. You can refrigerate the dough overnight.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    December 12, 2010 9:51 pm

    What a beautiful pie….. So glad you have your Dad’s love of cooking! 😉

  2. December 23, 2010 10:31 pm

    “Dreamy Apple Pie” is a lovely name. Your crostata looks very nice. I am glad you enjoyed the challenge.

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