Having recently received a package of Bonne Maman jams (best surprise ever!) I decided that I would put them to good use and make some delicious Italian breakfast tarts known as Crostatas. If you ever find that you have lots of jam in your fridge and you are looking for ways to use them up this is a great idea. The recipe is really easy and forgiving, and can be a fun activity to do with kids. Although Italians typically serve this tart with breakfast it can easily transition to an after dinner dessert with the help of a scoop of ice cream. Buon appetito!!
2 Cups of flour
1/2 Cup of granulated sugar
1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder
1 Egg + 1 Egg yoke (throw out whites for just one egg)
1/2 Cup of butter (softened!)
3/4 Cup of jam of your choice
Using a large bowl add in your flour, sugar, and baking powder - whisk until fully incorporated together.
Make a well and add in your eggs and butter, and start to incorporate it all together. I like to start with my whisk and then move to using my hands as it gets more clumpy.
Kneed the clumps together until they form a dough (this may take some time but the butter will eventually spread and help form the dough).
Once dough is formed wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Take dough out of fridge after 30 minutes and roll out using a rolling pin to about 1/8 of an inch thickness.
Spread the dough out over your pie dish and get rid of any excess dough. You can kneed the excess dough together again and roll it out again to create strips of dough which are equal in thickness to decorate the top of the crostata with a lattice later if you want.
Add in your jam and spread out evenly. You want just enough jam where you don't see the crust below.
Add your decorative stripes of dough to the top now. I like to form a lattice but some people cut out shapes instead. You can turn down the edges of the pie to hold the lattice strips in place.
Place in oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until top is golden.
Once ready remove and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
If you like this recipe or have any comments/questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below!