Have you ever wished you had an easy crostata recipe for your dessert repertoire? If you have or if you think you might, I have just the one for you!
Our family has a rule:
Dessert on Saturdays only
I don't have to tell you that it's probably the least favorite rule in our house. It probably also goes without saying that there are times when we choose to bend this rule.
Nevertheless, it makes everyone in our house excited for Saturday. In fact, it's pretty typical to hear the phrase, "Tonight's dessert night!" from a certain ecstatic 13 year old every Saturday. Multiple. Times.
We all have our favorites. Brownies, cookies, cupcakes, homemade ice cream. Usually there is some discussion...or debate...about what we should have this week.
The one dessert no one in this house ever complains about is crostatas. It could be that it is Italian dessert at it's finest (my personal opinion of course). Maybe it's because it is a two for one since you simply can't have crostatas without ice cream (or gelato)! Or it could be because you can make so many different kinds, so everyone gets something they like. We usually make a couple different kinds each time.
Keep reading for my easy crostata recipe and free printable recipe cards!
I like them because they taste amazing and are super simple to make. They are easy enough for young kiddos to help out, too. Which means together time while they help you make dessert. Sometimes my husband even surprises me with one on our oh so coveted "at home date nights" after all the kids have gone to bed.
Yes it's hard to beat a warm, delicious crostata with vanilla bean ice cream and having everyone pile up on the couch with Redbox or Netflix.
All you need is a pie crust, some fruit, a cast iron skillet, butter (optional), and sugar (optional). That's it!
Some of my family's favorites include:
- Raspberry Peach
- Blueberry Pear
- Mixed Berry
- Apple Crumble
The possibilities really are endless. And to get started for your next family dessert night, I've created some super cute printable cards with my easy crostata recipe for all 10 versions I mentioned above. You can download them for FREE in the MMJ Member Library! Not a member yet? No worries. You can sign up right here!
Here's the recipe for my all time fave...raspberry peach:
Raspberry Peach Crostata
Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10-15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
- 1 pie crust (prepared or homemade)
- 2 c. peaches (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 c. raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- butter (optional)
- sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 450°. Place the pie crust in a 8" cast iron skillet. Do not cut away the over hang. Pour the peaces in the crust. Top with raspberries. If the fruit you have isn't very sweet, or if like yours super sweet, you can sprinkle some sugar on top of the fruit now. Fold the overhanging pie crust over, leaving a hole in the middle. If you like a sweet crust, now is when you can moisten your finger with water, and dampen the top of the crust. Then sprinkle some sugar on top. You can also put some pats of butter around the outside of the crust. This makes for a nice golden buttery crust. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes or until crust reaches desired color. Serve immediately with ice cream (or gelato) and enjoy!
- When using frozen peaches, I boil them for a couple minutes to soften them up!
- We make ours with and without sugar and butter, and like it both ways. It's all depending on your personal taste!
The variations of this dessert are only limited to your imagination! Comment below and let me know what your favorite kind is, and be sure to pin and add pics of your delicious crostata creations!