Guessing game! What cake is it?
It can be round… but also rectangular! We eat in the winter … but also in the summer! It is filled with jam … but also with cream, ricotta or fresh fruit! It is a cake for breakfast … but also a dessert to be enjoyed at the end of dinner! To prepare it we use a mold with a wavy edge … but a mold with a smooth edge is also good! We find it decorated in diamond shapes with a grid weave… but also embellished only in the center with individual decorations! So, what cake is it?
Of course, it can only be the CROSTATA!

The tart is a typical Italian dessert based on a pastry dough stuffed in the more traditional version with jam, but over time the variations have become innumerable. The word crostata derives from crostare, which means to cook so that the surface layer darken and form a crosta (crust).

The tart seems to be one of the oldest cakes of Italian pastry, even if its origin is not easy to place in time. Many attribute the merit of its invention to a nun of the convent of S. Gregorio Armeno (Naples). The strips of shortcrust pastry on the surface of the cake should recall the grates with which the cloistered nuns attended religious services.
A shortcrust pastry preparation seems to have also been known in Venice after the year one thousand, when they began to use sugar imported from the East.
Probably the first codified recipe dates back to the 14th century, when the French chef Guillaume Tirel inserted it in his cooking manuscript “Le Viander”.

It is said that it was the only cake able to put Queen Maria Theresa of Austria, wife of King Ferdinand of Bourbon  nicknamed “the queen who never smiles” for her always cold and sulky expression in a good mood!

The tart is the home-made dessert par excellence, where simplicity and taste meet. I love the scent that comes out of the oven while it is cooking and its rustic look that tastes like home.

The recipes of the tart that can be found on the internet or better yet asking in the various houses, restaurants, pastry shops … are endless! The processing of shortcrust pastry has its own precise but still customizable procedures.

I learned how to cook the crostata from my mom: I leave you her recipe, making sure that the tart you will get will be a real goodness!

My crostata recipe

Baking tin 30cmx40cm (it is a fairly large tart, but in my house there is not even a piece left over!)

3 yolks
1 whole egg
200 grams sugar
400 grams flour
200 gr butter
16 gr baking powder
Jam

We melt the butter and let it cool. Let’s start by working the yolks, the whole egg with the sugar in a bowl. Slowly combine the butter and flour mixed with the baking powder: we work the ingredients until we obtain a smooth and homogeneous dough. The shortcrust pastry is ready when it no longer sticks to your fingers!
Once ready, put the dough wrapped in cling film to rest in the fridge for about half an hour.

We line the baking tin with parchment paper (or we can butter and flour it). Put a little flour on the work surface and with a rolling pin roll out about 2/3 of the pastry until a layer of about half a centimeter is obtained. Then distribute the pastry spread on the pan.

We cover the base with the jam to taste. This time I chose the homemade plum jam!

Roll out the remaining shortcrust pastry with a rolling pin and help with a pastry cutter wheel (if you don’t have it, a knife is fine too) we get strips about 1 cm wide and decorate our tart.
And if we add walnuts to jam? 

All that remains is to bake our tart at 180 ° for about 30/40 minutes – static oven (my advice is to preheat the oven).

And here’s the crostata! Enjoy your meal!

If you will try to make the Italian crostata, let me know if it turned out good and send me a photo! I would really like it! 

P.S. Let’s not waste anything!
Here is a short recipe to use the 3 discarded egg whites in the tart!

Lemon plumcake recipe 🍞🍋
3 egg whites
200 grams flour
120 grams icing sugar
150 grams lemon juice
60 milliliters seed oil
8 grams baking powder

Using an electric mixer, mix the egg whites with the sugar, then the seed oil and lemon juice. Finally we combine sifted flour and yeast. Pour the mixture into a plum cake and heart mold at 180° for 35 minutes.
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