Recipe for a simple, rustic and thoroughly delightful Cherry and Almond Cream Crostata. Either fresh or frozen cherries work in this easy dessert.

Need a simple dessert for a special dinner? This rustic Cherry and Almond Cream Crostata is easy, but unique enough to be the special finale to a lovely dinner.

So, inquiring minds want to know…what the heck is a ‘crostata’ anyway? And how is a crostata different from a pie, tart or galette for that matter?

So, if you really didn’t want to know, then skip the next couple of paragraph and go straight to the good stuff.  BUT…if you are the wee bit curious, then here’s the scoop.

A crostata; which is basically the same thing as a galette, just one (the crostata) originated in Italy while the other (galette) has it’s roots in France, is what I think of as a lazy person’s pie.  And let me say right up front, I am all in favor of ‘lazy people’s’ things.

It’s what you make when you have a bunch of apples or blueberries or cherries that need to be used up, and you can’t get a vision of  an apple or blueberry or cherry pie out of your head but just don’t have the time (or gumption) to labor over a pie crust. It’s more of a free-form or rustic pie…with the filling being in the middle of the crust dough and then the sides of the crust dough just folded over to hold all the yumminess in place.

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In terms of how pies and tarts figure into this discussion, my friend Jenni has a great discussion about the difference between these two desserts over on her page. But in a nutshell, or should I say ‘pieshell’ 😂😂(I really crack myself up sometimes!), a pie is typically all about the filling and less about the crust, but with tart…the filling and crust bear equal weight. Plus there’s the whole thing about pies having slanted sides and tarts have vertical sides…

So with that heavy discussion out of the way, let’s just dive into this Cherry and Almond Creme Crostata.

Cherry and Almond Cream Crostata

A rustic crostata (or galette) featuring cherries and almond cream.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Refrigerated Time 1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes
Calories 2884 kcal
Author lynn

Ingredients

Crostata Pastry

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter very cold, diced
  • 2 TBS ice cold water

Almond Cream

  • 1 cup slivered almonds, mine were not blanched, so you can see bits of the brown skin. Use blanched if you would prefer to avoid the brown bits
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp Amaretto or almond extract
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1 egg

Cherry Filling

  • 1 pound cherries, pitted fresh or frozen. If frozen, then thaw and drain
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 2 TBS corn starch

Instructions

Pastry

  1. Place flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of your food processor.

  2. Pulse to combine

  3. Add butter all at one and pulse 10-15 times until butter is pea-sized

  4. With motor running, add ice water all at one time through the feed tube.

  5. Pulse until dought just starts to come together

  6. Remove from food processor and pour onto wax paper.

  7. Form dough into a round and wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Almond Cream

  1. Add almonds and powdered sugar to bowl of food processor and process until the consistency of cornmeal.

  2. Add butter, vanilla and Amaretto or almond extract and process until a thick pudding consistency.

  3. Add egg and process until creamy.

  4. Set aside

Cherries

  1. Combine fresh or drained, frozen cherries with cornstarch and sugar and set aside

To Assemble Crostata

  1. Preheat oven to 450'

  2. Put chilled crostata dough on a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet.

  3. Roll out dough until approximately 11" in diameter

  4. Pour almond cream into the middle of the dough, leaving about 2" of dough around the perimeter.

  5. Add cherrries on top of almond cream

  6. Pull up the sides of the crostata

  7. Bake at 450 for 20-25 until crust is golden brown

  8. Let cool and serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry and Almond Cream Crostata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2884 Calories from Fat 1566
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 174g 268%
Saturated Fat 78g 390%
Cholesterol 467mg 156%
Sodium 866mg 36%
Potassium 1962mg 56%
Total Carbohydrates 302g 101%
Dietary Fiber 26g 104%
Sugars 158g
Protein 47g 94%
Vitamin A 81.2%
Vitamin C 38.5%
Calcium 41.5%
Iron 67.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cherry and Almond Cream Crostata Tips:

  • You want your crostata dough to be as cold as possible when you are working with it…it softens quickly so work quickly
  • By rolling the dough on parchment paper, you will not have to move it…which is a good thing as it won’t move easily given how soft the dough gets.
  • I used slivered almonds that were not blanched, so my almond cream had little flecks of the brown skin in it.  If you would like to avoid the brown bits, use blanched almonds.
  • This Cherry and Almond Cream Crostata is not overly sweet…just a lovely after dinner treat.
  • I used frozen cherries, but I imagine fresh cherries would be outstanding.

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Recipe for a simple, rustic and thoroughly delightful Cherry and Almond Cream Crostata. Either fresh or frozen cherries work in this easy dessert.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Jenni

    May 4, 2018 at 10:19 am

    I really don’t care what you call it, just give it to me! Love this, Lynn, and I’m glad my post was useful to you. (Pieshell–yeah, you funny!!) lol =)

    Reply
    • lynn

      May 7, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Figured you’d appreciate that pastry humor!!! Have a great day my friend.

      Reply
  2. Claudia Carlin

    May 13, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Hello my friend,
    Made your crostata yesterday, did not have cherries but did use pears and cranberries (plus some lemon juice and zest). They were pure heaven with the almond paste. Just perfect!!
    Thank you,
    Claudia

    Reply

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