Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
Also called an Italian Crostata. A very tasty and elegant dessert (light & delicate) that is so SIMPLE to make! Prep time does not include one hour of refrigerating the dough. Directions are detailed but preparation is really very simple and fast.
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons ice water
- flour, for dusting as needed
- 1 (4 -8 ounce) package almond paste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 (3/4 cup) jar raspberry preserves
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted
- powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
- Mix the flour, sugar, and lemon peel, in a food processor.
- Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
- Add salt and pulse in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until moist clumps form.
- Gather the dough into a ball; flatten into a disk then wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
- Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface to an 11-inch round then transfer the dough onto a heavy baking sheet that has been lined with a silpat or parchment paper.
- Heat in the microwave the almond paste with 2 T of butter to thin it out, then spread on top of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border.
- Stir the lemon juice into the raspberry preserve and spread on top of almond paste, still leaving a 2-inch border.
- Fold the 2-inch dough border over to form an 8-inch round, pleating loosely and pinching to seal any cracks in the dough (looks like a flat pie).
- Bake until the crust is golden, 35 to 40 minutes.
- Allow to cool.
- Sprinkle with the almonds and dust with the powdered sugar, if you wish.
- Slide a metal spatula under the crust to free the crostata from the baking sheet and serve.
- Optional: Top with chopped hazelnuts instead of almonds; or mix some lemon juice w/powdered sugar and drizzle over the top after cooking.
- *There are several good almond paste recipes on Zaar.