Ina Garten’s Summer Fruit Crostata

I’m a sucker for pie. Fresh fruit + buttery crusts are just impossible to resist. I found this recipe in one of my Ina Garten cookbooks, and it was a great summer treat! Quick to make, doesn’t require a pie pan or any fancy pie weights, and delicious!

summer crostata

The crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 cup granulated or superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) ice water

The filling:

1 pound firm ripe peaches, peeled
1/2 pound firm ripe black plums, unpeeled
1/2 pint fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced (the recipe calls for twice this much..I’ll leave the final call on the butter up to you)

Start with your pastry:

Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and toss quickly (and carefully!) with your fingers to coat each cube of butter with the flour. Pulse 12 to 15 times, or until the butter is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water all at once through the feed tube. Keep hitting the pulse button to combine, but stop the machine just before the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board, roll it into a ball and form a flat disk. Wrap the disk in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll the pastry into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer it to the baking sheet.

Prepare your filling:

Cut the peaches and plums in wedges and place them in a bowl with the blueberries. Toss them with 1 tablespoon of the flour, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, the orange zest, and the orange juice. Place the mixed fruit on the dough circle, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border.

Combine the 1/4 cup flour, the 1/4 cup sugar, and the salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Pour into a bowl and rub it with your fingers until it starts to hold together. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit. Gently fold the border of the pastry over the fruit, pleating it to make an edge.

Bake the crostata for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust is golden and the fruit is tender. Let the crostata cool for 5 minutes, then use 2 large spatulas to transfer it to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature

Beware that this is best eaten on the same day it’s cooked. Because the fruit is so juicy, the crust will start to get soggy on day 2 (if it lasts that long). It will still taste delicious, it just won’t have that yummy crispy edge to it.

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