Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sweet Potato Crostata




Man, I’m pooped. Kid’s internal clocks are really in tune with the time change…it moves them to wake up at all odd hours! I have been up since 5am and nap time was a big fat failure.


Let me start off with saying I have no idea if me filling this crostata with sweet potato makes it not a crostata…anyone know? All my googling has proved fruitless, just like this crostata..LOL



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 THE FILLING

(15oz) can Sweet Potato Puree
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ginger
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup evaporated milk
2 eggs, beaten





DIRECTIONS



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 comes the sweet potato part…this is fairly easy. Mix all the ingredients together. D O N E.







Assembling this beauty is next. You will want to use a tart pan that has been buttered and floured, roll out your dough on some parchment that has been lightly floured. Flip parchment over on top of tart pan, then roll dough off.







Pinch off the edges with your rolling pin and reserve extra pieces for cookie shapes on top. Pierce the bottom with a fork.






Pre-heat your oven to 375 for this crostata…it will bake between 40-55 minutes.
While baking, cut out various shapes to place on crostata, these can be baked at the same time or after.







Crostata is cooked once a toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and allow it to set up properly. Once set up add the crostata crust cookies.







Slice this bad boy up and please enjoy, actually – please someone come to my house and take this hip enhancer away!


49 comments:

LDH said...

Oh, wow! Delicious and pretty looking!

Ami said...

Looks yummy!! Love the stars!! Sooo cute.

PS Holden has been the same way all day!!! Up at weird hours... wouldn't nap... and is fighting going to bed tonight too. Funny how much more in tune with the universe kids seem to be.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Time change always mess with my internal clock too. And that crostata? It doesn't matter what you call it- it looks delicious!

Eliana said...

Girl - this pie looks gloooorious!






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

HI,

i love the crostata...looks yummy...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Diana's Cocina said...

Sounds like such a wonderfully flavored pie.. and so perfect for the season!

Yummy Team said...

WOW!! It looks gorgeous!!

Katrina said...

I SO love sweet potatoes in every form!

Faith said...

In my understanding crostata refers more to the crust than the filling? Not sure tho! Regardless yours is adorable and looks delicious!

Sue said...

Looks great! You went the extra mile with the stars!

PALATABLE said...

Beautiful and delicious, love the star..

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Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said...

I'm very impressed with your crust and anxious to try my hand at it. Have a great start to your week!

teresa said...

oh yummy! if that doesn't spell out fall, i don't know what does!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Well.... tiredness suits you!

Look at all these step by step photos! As always looks perfect!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I'm not sure if it is a crostata or not but it sure is gorgeous! Love the star cut-outs!

Bo said...

Great...love the step by step photos.

Julie said...

Cool, I've ever seen canned sweet potato puree. Looks like a crostata to me!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

ur end results r always so divine!!!
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Angie's Recipes said...

The pie looks gorgeous! I love the cookies atop.

Laurie @simplyscratch said...

yum... Yum... and YUM!!

claire said...

how pretty! you make baking a pie look easy! yum!

Tracy said...

Haha, I love your term "hip enhancer." ;-) And I love this crostata!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely pie! Yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Fashion Meets Food said...

hello gorgeous. You make one beautiful pie!!!

xo

shari @ little blue deer said...

Sounds delish, I love sweet potatoes in any form! Sorry naptime didn't happen, it didn't happen for me, either! ;) XX!

Tia said...

cute! i want to peel off all those pastry stars and eat them :)

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) said...

I love making crosatas, and I absolutely love that you used sweet potato for this one... Kinda savory, kinda sweet. Thanks for sharing, Jen! I'll keep this in mind next time I have sweet potato lying around.

Michael Toa said...

How fantastic. The pastry looks perfect.
I'll have a slice please... if there's any left. :) Have a great one. Michael

aipi said...

Love the way you explained the recipe with your pics..especially love the stars on top!

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Karen said...

I like that this is un-pumpkin....a fun twist with the sweet potato. It sounds delicious. The crostata came out beautifully.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I especially love the decorations on top! I never make my own crust but totally would do that if I did. I almost bought a ginormous box of sweet potatoes at Costco yesterday, I wish I did so I would have an excuse to make this!

thepainterfamily said...

thanks again for your kind words!

Everytime I stop by I feel so inspired to get in the kitchen!

Velva said...

Your crust rocks! Simply beautiful.

Time change does take a bit of getting used too-no doubt. I awoke at 5:00 a,m. and was wide awake. I was ready for a nap at 2:00 and ready for bed at midnight (ugh).

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

I think if YOU made it, YOU get to call it whatever you want! Besides, sweet potatoes really WANT to be fruit! It looks like something I'd start on at breakfast and finish off at bedtime!

Monet said...

My sweet woman! I agree...you can call this whatever you want because it is absolutely STUNNING. Your blog is such a joy to visit because not only are your recipes great, but your creativity is so evident! This is gorgeous. As are you!

Cristina {Teenie Cakes} said...

You select the most appropriate and interesting quotes. I enjoy quotes, so thank you for sharing. Wow! A perfect looking pie and luv the step-by-step images.

shaz said...

Ha ha, fruitless, I get it! Crostata or not, it looks brilliant. Can't fool the kiddies internal clock can we? I've tried darkening windows etc, but zilch, zip, zero success.

Jamie said...

Not sure I'd call this a crostata but I would call it fantastic! Wow sweet potota pie is an all-time favorite and I haven't made it in years and years! Now I so want one - yours looks so perfect. Fabulous! And I have a son here with jet-lag on top of the time change LOL!

Bridgett said...

Calling it crostata works just fine. Cant be too picky! This looks so delicious and definitely perfect for the coming holidays. Hope you and the little one get some rest.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

I love the pictures. I love the text too. I promise I'm not one of those readers who only looks at pictures. I hate that! Sweet potato is the bomb and so under appreciated.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

You make making pie crust look so easy!

Foodessa said...

My Italian Nonna called anything with a dough baked crust...a crostata. I never would have dared question what she knew to be logical.

As for all the great ingredients that went in this dessert...as long as its tasty...you can call it anything you like ;o)

Thanks for your last visit...hadn't seen you in a little while ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Lori said...

I am so with you. I just put my kids in bed as they were cranky. They were up at 5:30 am. They usually dont get up until seven. If only I could sleep... Ah the silly dreams of parents.

BTW- I love that you did a cartwheel. God I miss cartwheels.

Christy said...

I've yet to conquer pie crust! I'm so impressed....and LOVING the stars!

Ingrid said...

Honestly I don't care what you call it so long as you're sharing!

Btw, I'm struggling with the time change too!
~ingrid

TBC said...

That is one pretty crostata! :)

chayacomfycook said...

Beautiful. I have never seen sweet potato puree although, it is not difficult to make it. I do have a food processor and I must admit, I use it a few times a week, so it has become a necessity.

I do want to make this. Thanks for sharing it.

Kim said...

You are too cute! I love that you called this a hip enhancer. It really brought a smile to my face:)

It certainly looks beautiful with the stars and nuts on top.

Monica H said...

That filling is such a beautiful staurated Fall color.

Hip enhancer? Certainly don't need it, but want it!