Frenchie and the Fig Apricot Crostata

5 Apr

Inspired by a friend’s recent trip to Italy and my own desire to be in Italy right this minute, I adapted a crostata recipe found in Gourmet Italian Kitchen Issue and made it a bit different with citrusy flavors and vanilla aromas. The pâte brisée or pasta frolla as the Italian call it will remind Americans of shortbread. If you’re not used to deal with pâte brisée aka sweetcrust pastry, you will need to know that it breaks easily but can be patched back together very well.

Ingredients for the dough:

2 cups (200 g) of flour

1/4 cup (50 g) of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1.5 stick (170 g) of butter (cold and cut in cubes)

2 large egg yolks

2 tablespoons of vanilla extract

In a big bowl, mix the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter cubes and mix well with your hands, warming the cubes, and creating small lumps of butter. The mixture should be coarse. Dig a well in the center and add the yolks and vanilla extract. Slowly, start filling the well with the flour around and gently stir with your fingers. The dough should start to form at this point. Knead gently. Once the dough is formed and rolled into a ball, divide the dough in half with a sharp knife and wrap in plastic. Keep in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Ingredients for the filling:

10 oz. or 1.5 cup (280 g) of soft dried Calimyrna figs (stemmed and cut in half)

1 cup (150 g) of dried apricots

1/2 cup (100 g) of brown sugar

1 1/4 cup (30 cl) of water – replace some of the water by Cointreau or Grand Marnier if you feel like it

1 cup (25 cl) of grapefruit juice

1 stick (115 g) of butter (melted and cooled)

3 eggs (beaten)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

4 teaspoons of lemon zest

1.5 cup (170 g) of walnuts (chopped) – or mix with some almonds

Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C).

Cook the figs and the apricots in a saucepan with the water, grapefruit juice and sugar. Stir often and let simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Pour the mixture in a food processor and blend. You should get a thick mixture. Transfer to a bowl to cool a bit. Stir in the butter, eggs, vanilla, zest and walnuts.

Remove 1 dough ball from the fridge. Roll it out into a 11-inch disc. I used a 9-inch pan for this recipe. If you are having issues with rolling the dough, try rolling it between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Place the dough in the pan and adjust with your fingers pressing it onto the bottom. Trim excess dough on the sides. If it broke in the process, patch it together with left over dough. Put the pan in the fridge to chill some more.

Roll out the second dough ball – same process. When the 11-inch round disc is ready, cut 10 strips of dough (about 1-inch-wide) and place on a tray. Put the tray in the fridge for 20 min.

Assemble the crostata by removing the pan and the tray from the fridge. Pour the fig/apricot filling into the tart shell and arrange 5 strips of dough 1 inch apart on the filling. Do the same with the remaining 5 strips so as to create a lattice. Trim the excess dough if needed from the strips. Sprinkle the crostata with a bit more sugar and bake for 50-60 min. The crostata should be pale golden with a tiny bit of brown when ready.


42 Responses to “Frenchie and the Fig Apricot Crostata”

  1. theveryhungrybookworm April 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM #

    Having just returned from France, now I want to get to Italy! That looks delicious.


  2. Mikalee Byerman April 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM #

    This is a totally unfair post: I’m STARVING!


    Thank you for sharing what looks to be an amazing recipe…


  3. Laura April 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM #

    This looks and sounds amazing. I love the Italy pictures too!


  4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide April 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM #

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I love that the recipe uses grapefruit juice too. And trust me I’d be using some Grand Mariner instead of water. Great tip.


  5. ondalunga April 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM #

    The recipe is could be right even if we use less butter (pasta frolla needs 2:1 200gr weath flour and 100 gr or 250 for 125) but briséé is different: no eggs! Absolute no eggs!
    Anyway enjoy your crostata, it seems really good 🙂


  6. keepsmeoutofmischief April 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM #

    Beautiful photos, makes me want to visit!


  7. JavaLoco April 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM #

    wonderfull,.. your picture is absolutely wonderfull!!!
    i have a dream sometime i can visit a place like that,.. fell the fresh air from those place and put it in my deepest memory.
    great food,.. how can you combine food photos with the landmark photos and still in harmony??

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  8. lerocherhotel April 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM #

    love this!


  9. charlie nitric April 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM #

    Hello. The food, architecture, and landscape, all remind me of when I lived in Croatia and Slovenija. Both are neighbors of Italy. Very nice to see here. Thank you. Have a good Thursday. 🙂


  10. Cindi April 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM #

    Your photos are so lovely and the recipe…oh my! My mouth is watering now. I’ve never traveled anywhere outside of the US and I would love to visit Italy, if not just to enjoy a meal there. Obviously I would love to see the landscape too, but the cuisine would be my fist love.


  11. Cindi April 28, 2011 at 12:17 PM #

    Correction: the cuisine would be my “first” love 🙂


  12. Kai April 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM #

    I wanna try this recipe out. Great pics as well!


  13. Belvedere Shoes April 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM #

    those fig pie pictures are making my mouth water. Nothing beats old world baking skills.


  14. randymravon April 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM #

    Wow this looks very awesome im going to have to try this one thanks for the recipe!!!!


  15. Geoff April 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM #

    Very nice images. It is great to see images from different countries.


  16. ournote2self April 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM #

    That looks delicious!


  17. handymetalworks April 28, 2011 at 5:06 PM #

    I think you may have photographed heaven=)


  18. anonnickus April 28, 2011 at 5:55 PM #

    The brick and plaster in the pic with the bicycle look smashingly delicious after reading the recipe and seeing the proscuito and cheese displayed on a board. And the entire blog smells soooo good. Great post


  19. Shreya April 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM #

    Lovely pictures and mouth watering crostata!


  20. sketchjay April 28, 2011 at 11:49 PM #

    Great photos – delicious looking pie 🙂


  21. fox loves angel April 29, 2011 at 12:14 AM #

    Beautiful pictures!!! You make me hungry~ Thank you for your sharing!!!


  22. sakarovalexander April 29, 2011 at 12:50 AM #

    wow,look very delicious…mmmm:)


  23. Louise Smithers April 29, 2011 at 2:33 AM #

    Yum, that looks so good. So does the antipasto plate…. mmmm.


  24. richannkur April 29, 2011 at 2:43 AM #

    Tempting recipe, will surely try.


  25. the island traveler April 29, 2011 at 4:09 AM #

    it looks so delicious. congrats


  26. auctionprojapan April 29, 2011 at 7:25 AM #

    Yummy!so delicious and amazing recipe,i love this.

    Thanks for sharing outstanding post.


  27. creativeconfessions April 29, 2011 at 7:43 AM #

    OMG now I’m hungry. 😉


  28. Oris WilliamsF1 April 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM #

    Yummy!so delicious and amazing recipe,i love this.


  29. essenzadifilo April 29, 2011 at 5:46 PM #

    Foto bellissime!


  30. abhishek May 1, 2011 at 5:57 AM #

    nice pics


  31. p90x home fitness May 1, 2011 at 6:32 AM #

    Tempting recipe, will surely try.


  32. p90x home fitness May 1, 2011 at 7:03 AM #

    That looks delicious!


  33. The Writer May 1, 2011 at 8:24 PM #

    This looks absolutely amazing! Love the photos too. I would also love to be in Italy right now…


  34. Changing Lifestyles May 1, 2011 at 8:52 PM #

    Excellent post today! I really enjoyed it. I enjoy making great food for my family and friends when they come over for entertainment. Food can also be entertaining in itself. Thanks again for sharing this.

    A Delicious Coffee Roll Recipe


  35. My Grandparents' Kitchen May 2, 2011 at 4:22 AM #

    What a beutiful use of figs, and the pictures are wonderfull.

    “Cinnamon bites and kisses simultaneously.”
    -Vanna Bonta


  36. thor27 May 6, 2011 at 7:18 PM #

    You’re twisting my arm you’re hitting me in the stomach
    love it !!!


  37. Rodger May 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM #

    And, I must add: you were on the front page of WordPress!


  38. Excellent post today! I really enjoyed it. I enjoy making great food for my family and friends when they come over for entertainment. Food can also be entertaining in itself. Thanks again for sharing this.



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