Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe

I can’t think of anything more heavenly than a flaky pastry with warm apple filling! This apple crostata recipe is simply the best dessert!

The combination of sour apples with apple spice, and sugar, topped with caramel sauce and melting vanilla ice cream is mouthwatering.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe
You will impress everyone with this bakery-quality apple crostata recipe!

What Is Apple Crostata? 

Apple crostata is basically a fancier version of apple pie! It’s an open tart that can be made in (or out of) a pie pan.

And it looks more complicated than it is to make…

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe
How pretty is this dessert?! Apple crostata doubles as a gorgeous centerpiece!

How To Make Easy Apple Crostata Recipe

Nothing beats a classic apple dessert, like this warm apple crostata recipe.

It’s the perfect combination of fancy and comfort food that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Apple pie desserts aren’t just for fall, either. They can be enjoyed year-round.  I am finding great apples in the grocery store almost every visit.

This Apple Crostata Recipe: 

  • Serves 4-6 
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45-50 min
Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe - Ingredients
You probably already have everything that you need to make apple crostata!

Ingredients Needed to Make Apple Crostata

Crust
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons ice water
Filling
  • 4 cups (4 medium) apples, peeled, cored and sliced or chopped
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½  teaspoons apple pie spice **see notes
Serving
  • Caramel – homemade or store bought, optional
  • Vanilla Ice Cream, optional

Instructions to Make Apple Crostata Crust

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe - Step whisk together dry crust ingredients
Start by combining the dry ingredients to make the crust.
Step 1 – Crust

Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe - Step cut butter into the flour mixture
Make sure the butter is still cold when you cut it into the flour, so that the mixture crumbles.
Step 2 – Crust

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe -  Step crumble butter and flour mixture
Homemade pie crust is so easy to make and tastes amazing!
Step 3 – Crust

Cut butter into flour mixture until well combined into large crumbles using a pastry blender, fork or food processor.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe - Step roll dough in to a ball
If the dough sticks, wet your hands a little.
Step 4 – Crust

Add ice water a little at time until dough is moistened and comes together in a ball.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe - Flatten dough into a round disc
Kids love to help with flattening the crust!
Step 5 – Crust

Form into ball and flatten to round disk.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe - Step roll out the dough
Add a touch of flour to your rolling pin so the dough doesn’t stick.
Step 6 – Crust

Roll dough on floured surface with rolling pin to about 12 inches round.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe - Step place rolled out crust into pan
There’s just something about baking in a cast iron pot that makes this apple crostata magical!

Instructions to Make Apple Crostata Filling

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe -Step mix sliced apples with sugar and flour
Don’t slice the apples too early, or they will brown.
Step 1 – Filling

In a large bowl, add sliced apples.

Step 2 – Filling

Sprinkle with sugar and flour and toss to coat.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe- Step mix the apple pie seasoning into the apples
Mix the flour and spices with the apple slices to make the filling.
Step 3 – Filling

Sprinkle with apple pie spice and toss to coat.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe- Step pile the apples in the center of the crust
Pile your apple slices in the middle of the crust, and make sure you have plenty of room on the edges.
Step 4 –

Pile apple filling in the center of the crust.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe - Step fold edges of dough up, over the apples
Fold the edges of the crust over the apple slices.
Step 5 

Fold edges of dough over apple mixture, crimping the edges slightly.

Step 6

Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe - Step serve warm and enjoy!
Looks almost too good to eat!
Step 7

Serve warm or room temperature with your favorite toppings.

Notes

Apple Pie Spice – you can substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and ¼  teaspoon allspice.

Simply The Best Apple Crostata Recipe
Swap out two ingredients to make gluten free apple crostata!

Gluten Free Apple Crostata Recipe Variation

To make a gluten free apple crostata, first, replace the flour with gluten free all-purpose flour.

If you choose to use caramel sauce as a topping, double check to make sure it is gluten free (because many caramel sauces aren’t).

It’s also really easy to make your own gluten free caramel sauce!

Yield: Serves 4-6

Best Apple Crostata Recipe

Best Apple Crostata Recipe

I can't think of anything more heavenly than a flaky pastry with warm apple filling! This apple crostata is simply the best dessert!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes 45 seconds
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes 45 seconds

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons ice water
  • Filling:
  • 4 cups (4 medium) apples, peeled, cored and sliced or chopped
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons apple pie spice **see notes
  • Serving:
  • Caramel - homemade or store bought, optional
  • Vanilla Ice Cream, optional

Instructions

Crust:

    1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. 
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt.
    3. Cut butter into flour mixture until well combined into large crumbles using a pastry blender, fork or food processor.
    4. Add ice water a little at time until dough is moistened and comes together in a ball.
    5. Form into ball and flatten to round disk.
    6. Roll dough on floured surface with rolling pin to about 12 inches round.


Filling:

    1. In a large bowl, add sliced apples.
    2. Sprinkle with sugar and flour and toss to coat.
    3. Sprinkle with apple pie spice and toss to coat.
    4. Pile apples in the center of the crust.
    5. Fold edges of dough over apple mixture, crimping the edges slightly.
    6. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
    7. Serve warm or room temperature with your favorite toppings.

Notes

Apple Pie Spice - you can substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and ¼  teaspoon allspice.

Apple Pie Rolls
Kids love these apple pie rolls because they are easy to hold!

More Easy Apple Dessert Recipes from Kids Activities Blog

Apples are one of my favorite fruits to bake with! Apple treats always come out so tasty, and everyone loves them.

Here are a few of our favorites: 

  • Whenever we go apple picking, we always make our own homemade applesauce. It’s so easy and yummy! 
  • If you’re looking for delicious and easy ways to use up a bunch of apples, check out these 20 recipes using fresh apples
  • The tangy bite of fresh apple slices, mixed with granola and sweet chocolate makes these chocolate granola apples the perfect after school snack that’s also healthy! 
  • Apple pie rolls are perfect for little hands!
  • Homemade apple chips are even healthier than the ones you can buy at the store, and they are so fun to make! 

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