A rustic apple crostata on a cutting board with a glass of white wine and a bowl of apples in the background

Rustic Apple Crostata

A rustic crostata of sweet & tart apples combined with warm Fall spices baked into a delicious cheddar cheese crust

Did he say cheddar?

Yes I did!

Cheddar cheese and apples are a classic combination

Baking the cheddar into the crust makes it more savory which helps to balance out the sweet and tart apples perfectly

Let’s start baking!

I like a combination so I used 1 granny smith, 1 honeycrisp and 1 fuji apple

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Next, we will need to peel the apples

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Core the apples and discard the cores

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Now we will need to cut the apples into thinner slices

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Add them to a large bowl

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Next we will need 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, grated fresh nutmeg and the juice of 1 lemon

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Add all the ingredients to the apples

Then grate some fresh nutmeg in as well

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Stir everyone together

Let this sit for at least 1/2 hour stirring occasionally

The lemon juice will help break down the apples enough to form a syrup with the sugars

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While the apples are melding, let’s talk crust

I have a disc of cheddar crust resting on the counter until it reaches roughly room temperature

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Sprinkle the counter with flour and place the dough disc on top

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Coat a rolling pin with flour and slowly roll the pie crust out to a thin large circle

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At this point the apples should be nicely melded and have a delicious syrup

Spray parchment paper with cooking oil and slide the crust on top

Use a slotted spoon to remove the apples and start layering them at the center of the crust in a circular fashion

Leave at least 1 – 1 1/2 inch of crust

If you end up with a couple of left over apples don’t panic

They are awesome on pancakes, oatmeal, ice cream etc.

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Next we will need 1 tablespoon of slivered almonds

This adds some texture to the apples

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Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of the leftover syrup over the apples

Don’t use to much or the crostata may become soggy

Sprinkle the almonds over the apples

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Fold the edges of the crust in over the apples

Remember this is called a rustic crostata so don’t worry to much about the appearance

Slide the whole thing onto a sheet pan and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill

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Next we will need to whisk 1 egg

Remove the chilled crostata from the refrigerator and brush the egg wash over the pie crust

Place the crostata into a 350 F preheated oven

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Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown

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Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest until you’re ready to serve

Serve with a crisp class of Chardonnay!

A rustic apple crostata on a cutting board with a glass of white wine and a bowl of apples in the background

Enjoy!!!

Simply Sundays! ~ Rustic Apple Crostata

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

3 apples

3/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of brown sugar

2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla

juice of 1 lemon

fresh grated nutmeg

1 tablespoons of slivered almonds

2-3 tablespoons of reserved apple syrup

1 disc of cheddar pie dough

Directions

Peel 3 apples (we used a mix of 1 granny smith, 1 honey crisp and 1 fuji).  Core the apples and then slice them thinly and add to a bowl

To the apples add 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, the juice of 1 lemon and freshly grated nutmeg.  Mix to combine and allow the apples to meld for at least 30 minutes stirring occasionally

Sprinkle the counter with flour and place 1 dough disc on top.  Coat a rolling pin with flour and slowly roll the pie crust out to a thin large circle.  Spray parchment paper with cooking oil and slide the crust on top.  Use a slotted spoon to remove the apples and start layering them at the center of the crust in a circular fashion.  Leave at least 1 – 1 1/2 inch of crust

Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of the leftover syrup over the apples.  Sprinkle 1 tablespoons of slivered almonds over the apples.  Fold the edges of the crust in over the apples.  Slide the whole thing onto a sheet pan and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill

Whisk 1 egg.  Remove the chilled crostata from the refrigerator and brush the egg wash over the pie crust.  Place the crostata into a 350 F preheated oven.  Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.  Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest until your ready to serve

Tools used to make this recipe

Wilton Recipe Right Non-stick Cookie Sheet Set, 2-Piece

Architec Gripperwood Cutting Board

OXO Good Grips Flat Whisk

Pyrex Prepware 4-Quart Rimmed Mixing Bowl, Clear

ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife 10 Inch

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