This recipe came from The Boston Globe in an article titled "Foolproof Pastry," and indeed it was. Unlike most pastry doughs, it has an egg in it, so it's quite flexible and forgiving. We pulsed the ingredients in a food processor and turned the crumbs out onto a floured surface, kneading it easily into a soft ball. Very little dryness (or anxiety).
The recipe called for chilling the dough for only 30 minutes, which was fine. It rolled out with no problem and didn't crack or split. Here's the crostata, about to go into the oven, with our free-form edges that had been brushed with milk and sprinkled with sugar.
This crostata is not very sweet—and that of course depends on how sweet your fruit is—and the "topping" is more like a glaze, rather than a crumble. We might add more brown sugar and some butter to make a chunkier, sweeter topping in the future. We cooked it for a bit longer than suggested to get a browned crust, and we still had a few spots of raw, powdery topping on top of the plums, but that was no big deal.
The crust is a bit chewier than a classic pastry crust, but we liked it. And the fruit really shines, not overwhelmed by sugar. A slice would be perfect with a sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.
Get the recipe:
- Foolproof Pastry and Prune Plum Crostata with Brown Sugar Topping, from The Boston Globe
(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)