AÂ crostata is anÂ Italian bakedÂ dessert tart, and a form of pie. It is traditionally prepared by folding the edges of the dough over the top of the jam/marmalade filling, creating a more “rough” look, rather than a uniform, circular shape. The jams that are traditionally used as a filling are cherries, peaches, apricots, berries. The crostata can also be filled with pieces of fresh fruit and pastry cream (crema pasticcera), but then it is calledÂ torta di frutta. A typical central Italian variety replaces jam withÂ ricotta mixed with sugar, cocoa or pieces of chocolate andÂ anisetta; this is calledÂ crostata di ricotta.
These are easy rustic forms of pies filled with YOUR favorite fillings. They can be made ahead of time, wrapped securely and frozen for use at a later time.