Apricot Jam Crostata (Crostata di Marmellata)

March 25, 2016
5 Ratings
Photo by Emiko
  • Makes 1 crostata (serves 8)
Author Notes

This is an edited version of my recipe from my cookbook, Florentine (published by Hardie Grant Books), which is in turn inspired by two recipes straight out of Pellegrino Artusi's 1891 cookbook, Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

The jam recipe below is enough to make 500 grams of jam—you will only need half in this crostata but it's worth having an extra jar around. It's my favorite jam recipe ever. You can, of course, use other jam or store-bought jam to make this crostata in a pinch. This is excellent, as Artusi notes, done the same way with yellow-fleshed peaches.

Use large size eggs (55 to 60 grams) as opposed to extra-large or jumbo eggs. —Emiko

What You'll Need
  • For the apricot jam:
  • 2 pounds (1 kilogram) apricots
  • 2 1/4 cups (500 grams or 17 1/2 ounces) sugar, approximately
  • For the crostata:
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (110 grams) superfine white sugar
  • 1 stick (125 grams) chilled butter, chopped into pieces
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk, beaten (save the white for brushing on top of the pastry for a shiny crust)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  1. For the apricot jam:
  2. Halve the apricots and remove the pits. Place them into a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan and place over low heat. No need to add water but just watch the apricots carefully and give them the occasional stir so they don’t stick and brown on the bottom of the pan. As the pan heats, they will release their own juices and the fruit will begin to simmer. You can help them along by squashing them a little with a wooden spoon as you do your occasional stir. Simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
  3. At this point, the fruit will be completely soft and fallen apart. Pass it through a very fine sieve over a bowl to remove the skins. Weigh your smooth apricot purée, then place back in the pot over low heat and add the sugar—Artusi calculates that you’ll need 800 grams of sugar for every kilo of apricot purée (so 4/5 of the weight of the apricots), which for this amount is usually about 500 grams (17 1/2 ounces).
  4. Heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring often. Continue simmering on low until you reach the consistency desired. If you let this go quite a while, you will get a harder set jam, but even just a short 10 minutes or so will give you a very soft, lovely jam, perfect for this crostata, which has additional cooking time in the oven.
  5. If not using right away, pour the bubbling hot jam into sterilized, dry jars and close the lids. Let them sit on the kitchen bench to cool until you hear that satisfying pop of the lids as they seal.
  1. For the crostata:
  2. Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl or in the bowl of a food process. Cut the cold butter into the flour and sugar by pulsing the processor or, if using hands, rub the butter into the flour until you get a crumbly mixture and there are no more visible butter pieces. Mix in the beaten egg and the yolk along with the lemon zest until the pastry comes together into a smooth, elastic ball. Let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Artusi says if you do this the day before, even better.
  3. After the dough has rested, preheat the oven to 350° F. Divide the dough into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Roll this larger one out to about 3-millimeter thickness to cover your pie dish. Roll out the rest of the pastry and with a pastry cutter or sharp knife, cut long strips about 2 centimeters wide. Fill the pie with jam and criss-cross your lattice strips over the top. If you like, use the leftover egg white to brush gently over the top of the pastry. Bake at 350° F (180° C) for about 25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the jam bubbling.

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9 Reviews

chloe January 9, 2022
I have tried making this three times but cannot manage to get the dough to come together as described. The egg does not bind the ingredients together enough to make an elastic dough. I've tried adding a little water 1tsp at a time, which creates a tart-like dough (delicious, but not right).
Any suggestions as to what I'm doing wrong? I am weighing all of the ingredients, have tried this by hand and with a food processor.
Emiko January 10, 2022
I'm so sorry to hear this! It could be a few things, I would imagine the flour is quite different to the fine 00 flour that is normally used in Italy to make crostata, perhaps the eggs are a slightly different size too? Using (chilled) water a little at a time is what I would suggest as well, but at the same time you must be careful not to overwork this dough. The less handling the better for the short, cakey, crumbly crust that this should be! You could try next time by adding slightly less flour and see how it goes.
chloe January 10, 2022
Thank you so much!
I will also try using 00 flour, and maybe a little less as the eggs I have from a farm are a bit inconsistent in size.
cttrojan January 11, 2021
My dough was crumbly too out of the food processor, but I kneaded it to bind it together as it hydrated. I was worried that might toughen it up, but maybe working the butter into the flour first helped that? It was very tender and a deserving base for the precious marmellata that my Suocera packs into our luggage. Thank you Emiko.
Nichole M. May 24, 2019
My dough turned out so crumbly, what did I do wrong?! I followed the directions exactly. 😫
tammany February 19, 2018
Have you ever tried freezing this dough (if you aren't making a crostata that is)? It would be great to have another tart's worth of dough just waiting in the freezer! Thanks!!
Emiko February 20, 2018
Yes, it freezes very well! I always do this when I have scraps leftover of this dough.
tammany February 20, 2018
Fantastic! And thank you!!!
Stephanie G. June 23, 2016
I have not made the tart yet, but I've made the jam twice. Love, Love, Love!