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

Sweet pleasant flavour with lemon. Great for tea party with friends
5 from 2 votes
Tempo totale 2 ore
Portata Dessert
Cucina American, French, Italian, Mediterranean
Porzioni 5


  • 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!


Amount of ingredients for crostata with a diameter of 25 centimeters. If you wanna get a more fragile dough, add 20 grams more butter and 20 grams less sugar.c
Keyword cooking, crostata, italian, italiancucina, Sunday cooking
Lemon Pie or Italian Crostata

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?

  1. Whole Foods Market: A grocery store chain that specializes in natural and organic products, including organic lemons.
  2. Planet Organic: A health food store with locations in London, offering organic produce, including organic lemons.
  3. Waitrose & Partners: A grocery store chain with locations throughout London, offering organic produce, including organic lemons.
  4. As Nature Intended: A health food store with locations in London, offering organic produce, including organic lemons.
  5. Abel & Cole: An online grocer that specializes in organic and seasonal produce, including organic lemons.
  6. The Organic Delivery Company: An online grocer that specializes in delivering organic produce, including organic lemons.
  7. Local farmers’ markets: Some farmers’ markets in London, such as Borough Market, offer locally grown, organic produce, including organic lemons.
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2 commenti

  1. 5 stars
    This looks devine and I love anything lemon! I can’t wait to make this for my friend bday this weekend who also loves lemons!! Thanks for the new recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfect! Directions are easy to follow, and the flavors are amazing!

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