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4.59 from 12 votes

Classic Italian Crostata / Italian Pie

Italian Classic Crostata, a delicious fast & easy dessert pie or snack recipe, this delicate flaky crust is filled with your choice of Jam.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Chilling Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Crostata, Pie, Tart
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen



  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (236 grams)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons butter room temperature (125 grams)


  • 3/4 cup jam


  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C), grease and flour an 8 or 9 inch- (20 - 22 cm) pie dish.
  • In a large bowl*,gently whisk together flour, sugar and baking powder, create a well in the middle and add slightly beaten egg and yolk and softened butter cut into pieces. 
    Mix together, at this point turn mixture onto a slightly floured surface and work the mixture to form a soft dough (if dough is very dry then add an extra tablespoon of soft butter). 
  • Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove from fridge and knead the dough a couple of times to soften it up again on a lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/8" thickness.
  • Transfer to prepared pie plate, I used a 8" pie dish (20 cm). Trim the dish of any extra dough. Prick the dough with the tongs of a fork, then fill the pastry shell with the jam**.  With the extra dough make strips to create a lattice finish. Brush top lightly with milk and bake in pre heated oven at 350° (180°) for 25-30 minutes or until golden.  Let cool then slice, enjoy!
  • **Any type of jam can be used, but I find raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, apricot, peach or a wild fruit mixture work the best.


*I also make the dough using a food processor, whisk the ingredients together in the food processor cup, then add the egg, yolk and butter and pulse until almost combined, moved to a lightly floured surface and knead gently to completely combine. Wrap and refrigerate.
With any extra dough, I made squares and I placed 1 teaspoon of jam in the middle, folded it over, pinched the sides closed and baked in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350° (180°)).


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 72mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.4mg