I know I am posting crostata recipes left and right, but really they are perfect for summer when the market stands are overflowing with fresh fruit. Stone fruit is in season right now and having discovered a new appreciation for apricots, I am buying them at least a couple of times a week. I have made a berry crostata, plum crostata, an apple crostata, sour cherry crostata, and even a Nutella crostata, but have yet to make one with fresh apricots until now. I made some delicious Apricot Amaretto jam earlier this summer and really liked that flavor combination so planned to use it once more in this crostata. Because this particular recipe does not take long to bake, I find it best to cook up fresh fruit first before baking. I mix in 1 cup of jam into my cooked fruit to create a thicker filling. Once again, this crust is my new favorite recipe that has been adapted from a recipe David Lebovitz posted on his blog. It is so quick and simple to mix and is a press in the pan crust which makes everything easier.
The crust has a little cornmeal in it which really adds a nice crunchy texture. To compliment the apricot Amaretto flavor, I also added some chopped toasted almonds to the topping which worked out really well. My apricots were about medium sized, so I used 8 of them. Depending on the size of your apricots you may need more or less than is listed in the recipe. My apricots were also exceptionally tart, so I added a little extra sugar to create additional sweetness.
A Slice Of Summer Sweetness In A Buttery, Crunchy Crust!
Deborah Mele 2011
- 8 Medium Sized Fresh Apricots
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons Amaretto Liqueur
- 1 Cup Apricot Jam
- 9 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Softened
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Large Egg Yolk
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 Cups All-purpose Flour
- 1/2 Cup Finely Ground Cornmeal
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Toasted Almonds
- For the filling, cut the apricots in half and remove the pit. (You do not need to peel apricots as the skin is very delicate and will blend into the filling.)
- Coarsely chop, and mix the chopped apricots and sugar in a heavy saucepan and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes until the fruit has softened and begun to break down.
- Add the amaretto liqueur and apricot jam and mix well.
- For the crust, mix together the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until well blended.
- Add the egg and egg yolk and continue to mix just until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, salt, almonds, baking powder and cinnamon.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix just until the dough comes together.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Take about 3/4 of a cup of the dough mixture and set it aside.
- Press the remaining dough into the bottom and up the sides of a 10 inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
- Spoon the apricot mixture into the crust and use a spoon to smooth across the bottom crust.
- Mix the almonds into the remaining dough, and using your fingers, break up the remaining crust mixture into small pea sized pieces and drop it across the top of the tart. ( Do not worry that it doesn't cover completely as it looks more rustic this way!)
- Bake the tart in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until it is lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and allow to come to room temperature before serving.