Apple Crostata

An apple crostata is a lovely rustic apple tart that has a flaky crust filled with gooey sweet apples. And with this apple crostata recipe, you’ll feel like a crostata pro!

How to Make an Apple Crostata

Have you ever had an apple crostata? If not, you’re missing out, because I can’t get enough of this yummy apple crostata recipe.

slice of apple crostata on a glass white plate

The thing I like best about crostatas is that they have all the best parts of a pie without all the time and effort. 

It’s got the most tender apples coated in cinnamon, sugar, and all those other spices that make for a great apple pie. The crust is flaky and melts in your mouth!

And although when I make an apple pie I try to meticulously make a perfect-looking crust, this crostata is meant to be rustic and I’m all for it. I don’t even feel the need to fix it up before baking when my kids help me put it together!

This dessert comes together quickly and easily and man is it good!

close up of sliced apple crostata with scattered pecans on the counter

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Apple Crostata Recipe

This apple crostata recipe is a quick take on a rustic Italian apple crostata. It’s easy to make with the kids, and so delicious served with a scoop of ice cream!

Ingredients

ingredients for apple crostata
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp ice water
  • 4 cups apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp apple pie spice
  • Caramel, optional
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Some additional tools you may need: 

  • Mixing bowls
  • Food processor
  • Rolling pin 
  • Baking sheet or cast iron pan

How to Make an Apple Crostata

apple crostata with a slice on a while plate with a fork

Don’t forget to download the full printable recipe below so you can print it out and use it whenever you feel like making this delicious recipe!

  • To make your apple crostata, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. 
  • In your food processor, add the flour, sugar, and salt and pulse to combine.
  • Add the butter and pulse the food processor just until the butter is incorporated and the dough has large crumbles. 
  • Add ice water a tablespoon at a time into the food processor, pulsing between each addition. Stop adding water when the dough comes together into a ball.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and form it into a ball. Flatten the ball to a round disk and place it on a floured surface.
  • Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 12 inches around. 
  • To make your filling, add your sliced apples to a large bowl with the sugar and the flour.
  • Toss the apples to coat them with the sugar and flour.
  • Add the apple pie spice and toss again to coat the apples.
  • Place the rolled crust on a baking sheet and pile the apples in the center. 
  • Fold the edges of the dough over the apple mixture, crimping the edges when needed.
  • Bake your apple crostata for 45-50 minutes.
  • Serve it warm with your choice of toppings. 
overhead shot of apple crostata with a slice removed

Tips Tricks and FAQs 

  • Don’t worry if you don’t have a food processor! You can make this by hand as well, it just might take a bit of elbow grease. Simply, put the crust ingredients in a mixing bowl and use a fork or a pastry blender to incorporate the butter into the flour. Be sure not to use your hands! The cold butter is what will make your crust flaky and delicious. 
  • You can use whatever baking sheet or pan that you’d like for this rustic tart. I’ve made it in everything from a pie pan to a tart dish. My favorites are a baking sheet or a cast iron pan. A baking sheet is super simple and works great, but I also love using a cast iron pan because it gets the best crust on the crostata! Let me know what you like the best! 
  • If your crust starts to look like it’s going to get more than golden brown while cooking, you can grab some aluminum foil and gently lay them over the exposed crust edges. It’ll prevent your crust from burning but allow your apples to cook to perfection!

Storage

After finishing this apple crostata recipe, if you have any leftovers you can store the crostata in an airtight dish in the fridge for up to 5 days. When you’re ready to eat it, pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to warm up before serving. 

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Yield: 6

Apple Crostata

apple crostata with a slice placed on a white plate

An apple crostata is a lovely rustic apple tart that has a flaky crust filled with gooey sweet apples. And with this apple crostata recipe, you’ll feel like a crostata pro!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp ice water
  • 4 cups apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp apple pie spice
  • Caramel, optional
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Instructions

  1. To make your apple crostata, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. In your food processor, add the flour, sugar, and salt and pulse to combine.
  3. Add the butter and pulse the food processor just until the butter is incorporated and the dough has large crumbles. 
  4. Add ice water a tablespoon at a time into the food processor, pulsing between each addition. Stop adding water when the dough comes together into a ball.
  5. Remove the dough from the food processor and form it into a ball. Flatten the ball to a round disk and place it on a floured surface.
  6. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 12 inches around. 
  7. To make your filling, add your sliced apples to a large bowl with the sugar and the flour.
  8. Toss the apples to coat them with the sugar and flour.
  9. Add the apple pie spice and toss again to coat the apples.
  10. Place the rolled crust on a baking sheet and pile the apples in the center. 
  11. Fold the edges of the dough over the apple mixture, crimping the edges when needed.
  12. Bake your apple crostata for 45-50 minutes.
  13. Serve it warm with your choice of toppings.

6 thoughts on “Apple Crostata”

  1. Your Apple Crostata recipe looks really delicious and easy. I am going to try this at home and I am sure kids will love it.

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