apple crostata, slice on a plate
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5 from 2 votes

Homemade Apple Crostata

Welcome Fall with this Homemade Apple Crostata filled with Italian Pastry Cream and chopped Pecans.  A delicious Dessert Recipe. 
chilling time30 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Apple pie, Italian Crostata Recipe
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 306kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen



  • 1 Crostata dough recipe
  • 2 apples (sliced, thinly sliced / but not too thin)


  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)*
  • 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (room temperature)*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons milk (room temperature)*
  • 3/4 cups chopped pecans (or walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts)

* room temperature - remove from fridge 30 minutes before using.



    • Pre-heat the oven to 350F (180C).  Lightly grease and flour an 8 inch (22 cm) pie dish.
    • 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 dish. Trim the dish of any extra dough.  And prick the dough with a fork.
    • Peel and slice the apples, (sprinkle with a tablespoon or 2 of lemon juice so that the apples do not turn brown). Cover the top of the dough with the apple slices.


    • In a large bowl beat on medium speed the butter and sugar until creamy, approximately 3 minutes, then add the egg and vanilla and combine, add the flour and mix, then add the milk and beat to combine.
    • Pour the filling on top of the apple slices,  smooth the filling with a knife.  Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.  Enjoy!

    *Because of the Italian cream Pie should be refrigerated.

      **This recipe requires half the recipe, the remaining dough can be frozen for future use.


        Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.2mg