Monday, June 11, 2012

Apple Crostata w/Caramel Sauce - The Secret Recipe Club (#SRC)

I love apple desserts!

Yes, I understand that apples are usually associated with fall and colder weather... but I am happy to enjoy them any time of year. Sweet, juicy and fabulous to pair with a little cinnamon and nutmeg, apples just make me happy. I love how they make my house smell, and I love how they taste. I might even say they take me back to my childhood.

Yes, it is The Secret Recipe Club time again and this is my June installment.

Secret Recipe Club

This recipe is courtesy of Wendy from La Phemme Phoodie. I had a wonderful time browsing her recipes, but when I came across this Apple Crostata recipe I knew I had found "the one". Actually, reading her post she says that even after getting rave reviews from everyone that tasted it, but Wendy herself is not a fan of fruit desserts. Well, I am ... and I was determined to enjoy it for her.

This is a simple and delicious recipe. I have made a crostada before, but this particular one is more rustic. Much more like my Rustic Tomato Tart.

So grab a few simple ingredients and get ready for a flakey and juicy apple treat.

Apple Crostata with Caramel Sauce
from La Phemme Phoodie

You Will Need:

  • 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 unsalted butter,  cold and cubed
  • 3 Tbsp. cold water
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla


  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 medium apples, sliced thinly* 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon*
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg*
  • caramel topping, drizzled (optional)
*denotes a variation from the original recipe

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter. It should resemble course sand. Mix together the cold water and vanilla in a small bowl. Begin adding this to your flour mixture till the dough comes together. Form a ball, flatten into a disk and wrap tightly with cling wrap. Chill for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In another bowl begin making the filling. Add sugar and flour to a bowl. Toss the apple slices to coat, then sprinkle evenly with cinnamon and nutmeg. Give it a good toss again.

Take out the dough. Roll out to a 12-inch circle and place on Silpat or parchment on a baking sheet. Arrange your apple slices in the center of the dough leaving 2 inches clear around the edge. Then begin bringing the edges into the middle.

Bake for 27-35 minutes or until the crust turns a golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Cool slightly. Serve warm with caramel sauce drizzled over the top.

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  1. This looks beautiful. And apples should surely be enjoyed anytime.

  2. Another work of art - it looks beautiful. I love how these pie-like things look even better without a pie plate.

  3. I will have to try this recipe it I love apples & cinnamon. Thanks for sharing how to.

  4. Oh, what a beautiful dessert! I'm going to have to try this! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe! I really wish I could enjoy it but at least my family likes it:) Great pick for the SRC!

  6. I will have to give this a go, I have all the ingredients at home, beautiful dessert, lovely clicks, with step wise photos..

  7. That looks awesome! And I love your photos ^__^

  8. That looks too pretty to eat...but I'll make an exception. ;) Can't wait to try this out. Megan

  9. What a wonderfully easy and delicious dessert, great SRC choice.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  10. Rustic, yet fancy at the same time. Great job!

  11. I'm not usually a fan of fruit desserts, unless it's apples. This tart sounds like an amazing dessert. I can't wait to try it!

  12. Looks fabulous to me. Cinnamon,sugar, and apple desserts get me every time

  13. Andrea, this looks absolutely, positively divine. I can only imagine how yummy it must've been!

  14. Hi Andrea,
    Your Apple Crostata with Caramel Sauce looks so delicious, sure wish I had a slice for a bedtime treat. I heard you were an orphan today at the SRC just like me. Thanks for sharing a great post!
    Miz Helen
    SRC Group B

  15. Dropping by to leave you some SRC love. Boy does this look good. I pinned it to try soon. : )

  16. I MUST have this! I was raised on fruit pies and cobblers. Mother, I'm sure, never heard of a costata. She would LOVE this, and we will, too!! Sending some SRC love your way!!

  17. Love! I just made a blueberry crostata/galette today. I think I LOVE pie crust. Okay, I don't just think it, I know it. ;) This apple one is beautiful!

  18. omg I love apple desserts too! and all things caramel! Great combo. This is going on my "must make" list
    Be sure to stop by Seasonal Potluck this month to link up your pineapple or strawberry recipes Or surf the collection to find some recipe inspiration!

  19. this looks magnificent :) yum!

  20. I am so sorry.... I had your fabulous blog and my post never went up as scheduled yesterday. I feel awful. I made your flax seed bread and it got rave reviews. I apologize for leaving you hanging.

  21. Why have I never thought to put caramel sauce on my apple desserts before??? Duh! This looks amazing! (Visiting from Group C...)

  22. This looks awesome. You know, sometimes I think that they best time to bake with apples is off-season because they're not as perfect fresh.

  23. that looks absolutely delicious!


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