Crostata is a traditional Italian pie made with sweet a sweet filling and shortcrust pastry. It is prepared with many different fillings: fruity, berry, with nuts, cream, chocolate. The pastry crust provides a contrasting texture, with a tender, crumbly consistency that complements the tart filling. You can opt for crostata made from chocolate dough. It can be served for breakfast, dessert, even for a party with your friends, or a birthday. You can use a ready-made filling or prepare it yourself. It is a good idea to put whole pieces of fruit, like apple, pear, mango. Since winter is a citrus season, I will prepare crostata with lemon cream. Lemon crostata has a refreshing and balanced taste, with a satisfying combination of sweet and sour flavors. If you’re ready to cook – let’s start !
Lemon Pie or Italian Crostata
- 400g flour
- 130g butter
- 130g sugar
- 2 eggs
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 300ml milk
- 25g starch
- 130g sugar
- 1 yolk
- 1 whole egg
- Peel of 1 lemon
- Juice of a half lemon
- 10g butter
- 70g sugar
- 180g cheese spalmabili
- Mix room-temperature butter, flour, eggs, sugar, and lemon zest in a deep bowl. Knead the dough with light movements so that the dough is not lumped.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the refrigerator.
- Pour the milk into a saucepan, add the lemon peel and cook for about 5 minutes so that the milk acquires a lemony aroma.
- In a bowl, mix the starch, egg, and salt with a whisk.
- In another bowl, mix the cheese with sugar. And put it aside for now.
- Pour the milk through a sieve into a bowl with a mixture of starch.
- Pour this into a pan and cook the custard over very low heat, heating the custard to 85 degrees, and stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming. The cream should thicken well.
- Add a piece of butter and lemon juice, mix everything and leave the prepared cream to cool.
- Cut the dough into 2 halves. 1 part, roll out a circle the size of your crostata mold. Make sides from a tube of dough.
- When the cream has cooled, apply it evenly on the base of the crostata. Make tubes from the dough and make a grid on top of the crostata. Bake in an oven heated to 180 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve when the crostata has cooled. Bon appetit!
Other sources of recipes:
Firstly, I would like to suggest you to visit our page with home Italian recipes: Italian – Sunday Cooking: London, UK. If you are into Italian sweets, you may be into Italian cuisine? Well, I cannot hide I am in love with Italian food! Let me know in the comments if you are loving it as well.
Epicurious: A popular food website with a recipe for traditional lemon crostata.
Allrecipes | Recipes, How-Tos, Videos and More: A recipe website with a lemon crostata recipe, along with user reviews and ratings.
Simply Recipes – Less Stress. More Joy: A food blog with a recipe for lemon crostata, including step-by-step instructions and helpful tips.
For those in London: where to get some great quality bio lemons for your pie?
- Whole Foods Market: A grocery store chain that specializes in natural and organic products, including organic lemons.
- Planet Organic: A health food store with locations in London, offering organic produce, including organic lemons.
- Waitrose & Partners: A grocery store chain with locations throughout London, offering organic produce, including organic lemons.
- As Nature Intended: A health food store with locations in London, offering organic produce, including organic lemons.
- Abel & Cole: An online grocer that specializes in organic and seasonal produce, including organic lemons.
- The Organic Delivery Company: An online grocer that specializes in delivering organic produce, including organic lemons.
- Local farmers’ markets: Some farmers’ markets in London, such as Borough Market, offer locally grown, organic produce, including organic lemons.