Classic Italian crostata

Classic Italian crostata is a tart filled of jam. This dessert is a classic of the Italian tradition, excellent for breakfast, snack or to accompany an afternoon tea. Classic Italian crostata that I propose today my mother’s recipe, a soft shortcrust pastry that contains a delicious homemade jam.

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time20 Minutes
  • Rest time30 Minutes
  • Cooking time45 Minutes
  • Serving10
  • Cooking methodOven
  • CuisineItalian
  • SeasonalityEvergreen


21/4 cups flour
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3 yolks
lemon flavouring
9 ounces jam


1 Pastry board
1 Rolling pin
1 Tart mold


Arrange the sifted flour on a pastry board, add the butter into small pieces and rub the flour and butter between your hands until it is waterproof. Add the sugar, a pinch of salt and continue to work it with your hands. Finally, pour in the egg, the yolks and knead everything quickly. Form a loaf, wrap it in cling film and place it in the fridge for at least half an hour before using it. You can make the pastry with a mixer or even better with a kitchen cutter.

Roll out the dough to 12 inches in diameter. Then carefully transfer the dough to a 9 inc tart mold gently insert it into the cake pan, cut off the excess dough.

Pour in the jam, spread it well with the help of a spoon. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out strips of dough. Decorate the surface of the tart. Cook for 45 minutes at 356°F(180 ° C). Remove from the oven and allow to cool before unmolding.

classic italian crostata

Cook’s Tips

To work better, it is important to let the shortcrust pastry rest for at least 30 minutes in the fridge but if you left it overnight it is better

Recipe variations

You can fill these biscuits with any filling, jam, hazelnut cream and anything else you like.

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