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Apple Crumble Crostata

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This Rustic Apple Crumble Crostata combines two of my family’s favorite apple desserts; an apple pie and apple crumble.

It’s casual and rustic, and yet it has a lot of flair.

My parents were coming for dinner, so I wanted to make something simple for dessert with ingredients I already had on hand in my pantry and fridge.

I took out the package of frozen pie dough and let it thaw on the counter as I pondered in my head what I would do with it.

*Disclaimer – This recipe was originally published in 2016. I’m working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, new photos, and additional recipe information. But, getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me. In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner and one I’m sure you’ll be well pleased with when you make it at home.

I decided to make a simple open-face, rustic apple crostata.

As I was peeling the apples that I’d had in my fridge the idea of making a crumble topping in order to dress up this rustic crostata popped into my head, and I ran with it!

I’ve made these Apple Crumble Crostata’s twice in a two-week period.

Once for my parents, and once again to feed my husband’s family after my father-in-law’s memorial service.

Both times they were a huge hit.

Everyone will think you went to a lot of trouble to make this casual yet impressive dessert but only you need to know that they only take moments to put together using everyday basic baking ingredients.

Yield: 2 crostata           Prep Time: 15 minutes        Bake Time: 40-45 minutes

For the Filling:
4 Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Topping:
2 cups quick cooking oats
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
pinch salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla 6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

2 frozen prepared pie dough rounds, thawed

For the Icing:
1½ cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon almond extract

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-Place filling ingredients in a large bowl and toss to completely coat.

-Place the topping ingredients in a large bowl and use hands to work the butter into the flour, sugar and oats to form a mixture that resembles small peas or coarse crumbs.

-Use a rolling pin to gently roll the pie dough to increase the circumference of the circle about ½ inch. Transfer the rolled pie doughs onto 2 baking sheets that have been liberally sprayed with baking spray.

-Place half of the sliced apples into the center of each pie dough, making sure to leave an approximate 2″ border. *Note – Make sure to drain the liquid from the apples before adding them onto the pie crust. Fold the border crust over the apples in sections making sure not to worry that it’s not perfect. It’s rustic.

-Top each crostata with half of the crumble topping and bake in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the juices start to bubble. Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.

-In a small bowl, whisk together the icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle the top of the cooled crumble topping with the icing, or fill a piping bag with the icing and pipe thin stripes of icing all over each apple crumble crostata. Transfer the cooled and iced crostata using a large, wide spatula.

-Cut into wedges, serve and enjoy!
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Sorry that I don’t have a photo of a slice of the crostata for you, but because I was bringing them to feed family and friends, it didn’t seem right. Forgive me? LOL

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Souffle Bombay

Monday 4th of May 2015

Oh! I'd eat every single crumb of this! Mmmm!


Monday 4th of May 2015

Aha! now I see a comment form! It's a beautiful crostata, I just want to dig right in!

Kim Bee

Monday 4th of May 2015

I'm so sorry about your father in law, huge hugs and much empathy.

I think crostata is such a comfort food classic. There is just something about that rustic approach to baking.

Renee Goerger

Monday 4th of May 2015

Thanks for the kind words, Kim. I appreciate it!


Sunday 3rd of May 2015

I need to make this asap! I love the filling, it looks so great. Apples are my favorite fruit! I eat one almost everyday and I do NOT get sick of them.

Renee Goerger

Sunday 3rd of May 2015

Thank you so much, Sam! I hope you make this and love it as much as we do!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez

Saturday 2nd of May 2015

You know a recipe is a winner when you've make it two times in such a short period of time. My favorite apple pie has a crumble topping, so I know this is something I'd really enjoy. I'm sorry to hear about your FIL, sending a hug your way.

Renee Goerger

Saturday 2nd of May 2015

Thank you, Heather. We were fortunate to be by his side when he passed. It was very peaceful and painless.