Peach Crostata

July 26, 2016 By Cathy — 8 Comments
Ripe peaches shine in this rustic peach crostata. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an easy summer dessert.

Peach CrostataIt’s no secret that I have a crazy sweet tooth. And I come by it by no fault of my own. I hail from a long line of those that require “just a bite of something sweet” after dinner. It could be a scoop of ice cream, a cookie, or my most favorite, a slice of pie. 

Peach Crostata Growing up, we rarely encountered a night when dessert wasn’t served alongside a cup of steaming hot coffee after dinner. Of course we ate much earlier than I tend to eat now. It just seems more reasonable to have a bite of dessert when you’re done with dinner at 6:30, rather than the 8:30 or 9 pm to which I am now accustomed. So while I still crave a little something sweet every night, I don’t always act on it.

My love of pies is a definitely an adult preference. As a kid, I would pass on the pie and head right for a slice of oooey, gooey cake, preferably chocolate. (I’m not counting my very necessary slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.) The more decadent the dessert and thick the frosting, the more I wanted it. But, as we know, tastes change as we get older (or so I keep telling my kids). And now a slice of pie, especially filled with seasonal fruit, is my go-to.

Peach CrostataI know so many people think that they don’t have time to make a pie, or especially homemade crust. But (and yes I’m a broken record) you do! Whenever I’m making pie dough, I double or triple the recipe. Then I wrap up the extra doughs and stack them in the freezer for another time. They defrost pretty quickly on the counter and make whipping up a homemade pie a snap. Yes a snap!

Peach CrostataEven easier than making a pie from scratch is making a crostata. It’s basically a rustic pie…no pie plate, no fancy edges, crimping or lattice…just simple deliciousness. This is definitely one of those times that the less perfect, the better. I have some tips on making a crostata here, as well as making and rolling out your dough. And you can check out my video below where I demonstrate just how simple it is to make this delicious dessert. Sometime a picture (okay a video) really is worth a thousand words!

Peach Crostata

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Ripe peaches shine in this rustic peach crostata. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an easy summer dessert.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 9-inch pie crust (I use Dorie Greenspan's good for everything pie dough)
  • 5 peaches
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 2 tsp of water
  • 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar (coarse sugar)
  1. Roll out pie dough into a large round, about ⅛ inch thick and place on a parchment lined sheet tray. Place in the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and fill a large bowl with ice water. Score the bottom of each peach with an X and drop into the boiling water. After 2 mins, remove the peaches with a slotted spoon and place in ice water. Allow to cool for a few mins and remove to dry on paper towels.
  3. Using a paring knife, peel the peaches. Then halve the peaches, remove the pit and thinly slice.
  4. Carefully toss the peach slices with the lemon juice, brown sugar, spices, salt, pepper and corn starch.
  5. Remove the pie crust round from the refrigerator and arrange the peach slices in concentric circles, leaving a wide edge to fold over. Trim the ends to form an even border.
  6. Fold and pleat the border around the filling, leaving the center exposed. Don't worry about perfect folds, it's meant to have a rustic appearance.
  7. Place the unbaked crostata into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Remove, brush the edges with the egg wash and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
  9. Bake for about 40-45 mins or until peaches are tender and can be easily pierced with a knife and the crust is golden brown.
  10. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Peach Crostata

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8 responses to “Peach Crostata”

  1. Oooh! That looks awesome. I’ve always loved a slice of pie and crostata is even more fun since it’s so unfussy. And the peaches are looking so good at the store right now. 🙂

  2. Just gorgeous Cathy! I also have a sweet tooth, and I’m such a sucker for peaches! I love making crostatas because I don’t have to worry about crimping a pie crust! Not my forte! Putting this one on my list! Pinned!

  3. While I don’t necessarily have a sweet tooth (i’m definitely a savory girl), I do like a bite of something sweet after dinner! But if this beautiful peach crostata was in front of me, I would need more than just one bite!! These are fabulous, Cathy! I’m obsessed with all things peach, and I just love that these are individual! I mean, who would want to share this?! No sane person, that’s for sure! Pinned! Cheers, dear!

  4. Yum, I so need this right now. I have so many fresh peaches just screaming to be baked in a crostata. Gorgeous!

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