Saturday, November 27, 2010
Daring Bakers November - Blood Orange Crostata
Happy Holidays, as the Christmas music fills my kitchen and I prepare some scrambled eggs with basil and Parmesan cheese for the fam…I present to you the Daring Bakers November Challenge of “Crostata”.
This particular style filled with jam is the simplest of simple, I even succeeded here where in turkey land yesterday….I failed miserably! However that it neither here..nor there
INGREDIENTS FOR CRUST
½ cup fine sugar, you can use a blender/processor
1 ¾ cup flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 large egg + 1 yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1 stick of butter, cubed
FOR JAM FILLING
1-2 jars of jam, I used 1 for 4 mini crostata’s
Whisk together sugar, flour and salt in a bowl. Rub or cut the butter into the flour until the mixture has the consistency of coarse crumbs. I use my potato masher for this.
Make a well in the center of the mounded flour and butter mixture and pour the beaten eggs & vanilla into it. Use a fork to incorporate the liquid into the solid ingredients, and then use your fingertips
Knead lightly just until the dough comes together into a ball. 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. Next run to the store and pick up your favorite flavor of jam. I used a Blood Orange.
Roll out your dough to a proper shape for whatever size tart pan you chose. I did 4 mini’s but this recipe could easily make 8. I reserved small portion of dough to make shapes for the top of my crostata. Pour jam into your shells until it reaches the top. Next place your gorgeous shapes on top of the jam…maybe a glass of wine too? Two? He he
Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes or until a golden brown. Please enjoy & here’s to the holidays.