Apple Cranberry Crostata(Tart) with Almond Barley Crust.

Daring Bakers were invited this month to bake an absolutely tantalizing Italian dessert called Crostata,tart that has sweet crust(pasta frolla),filled with either fruity,cheesy,creamy or savory ingredients.

My trial here has hearty multi grain\nut crust that includes nutritious almond and barley flour besides the whole some wheat flour.You can finely grind raw almonds to make the almond flour ,the barley and whole wheat pastry flour are available in Indian stores or health food stores or well-stocked supermarkets.The filling was fruity with a perfect balance of sweet red delicious apples and season's fresh tart Cranberries.All in all this was a much easier challenge,not to worry if you don't have a tart pan,a pie pan would be equally good.

The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

Recipe : Apple Cranberry Crostata(Tart) with Almond Barley Flour Crust.

2 tablespoon pure cane sugar
3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup almond flour, or almond meal, or coconut flour
1/2 cup whole-grain barley flour
1/4 cup all purpose flour
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter(cut in pieces) or virgin pressed coconut oil or pure ghee
1 large Organic egg, lightly beaten
2-3 tablespoon cold milk.
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Fruit Filling
2 Red delicious apples,cored and chopped
1 1/2 cup cranberries
1 cup pure cane sugar

Making the crust dough(Pasta Frolla) by hand:

Whisk together sugar, flours and salt in a bowl.
Rub or cut the butter or other fat used ,into the sugar and flour mixture until it has the consistency of coarse crumbs. You can do this in the bowl or on your work surface, using your fingertips or an implement of choice.
Make a well in the center of the flour and butter mixture and pour the beaten egg and vanilla extract into it.
Use a fork to incorporate the liquid into mixture and then use your fingertips.
Knead lightly just until the dough comes together into a ball.
Shape the dough into a flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Place the dough in the refrigerator and chill for at least two hours. You can refrigerate the dough overnight.
With a food processor:
Put sugar, flour, and salt in the bowl of the food processor and pulse a few times to mix.Add butter and pulse a few times until the mixture has the consistency of coarse meal.Empty food processor's bowl onto your work surface.
Make a well in the center of the mounded flour and butter mixture and pour the beaten egg and vanilla extract into it.Use a fork to incorporate the liquid into the solid ingredients then use your fingertips.Knead lightly just until the dough comes together into a ball.
Shape the dough into a flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Place the dough in the refrigerator and chill for at least two hours. You can refrigerate the dough overnight.

Prepare the Fruit filling
In a non reactive pan add 1/2 cup of water,sugar,apples and cranberries and let cook until soft about 20-25 minutes.Cool and process in a blender until smooth.Set aside.

Heat the oven to 375ºF [190ºC/gas mark 5].
Take the pasta frolla out of the fridge, unwrap it and cut away 1/4 of the dough. Reserve this dough to make the lattice or other fun shapes on top of the crostata. Refrigerate this dough while you work on the tart base.
To help roll the crostata dough, keep the dough on top of the plastic wrap that you had it wrapped in. This can help rolling the dough and can also help when transferring the dough to your pan. You can also use parchment paper for this. However, you can also roll the dough directly on a work surface if you prefer.
Lightly dust the top of the dough and your work surface (if you’re rolling directly on a work surface) with flour. Keep some flour handy to dust the dough as you go along.
If the dough is very firm, start by pressing the dough with the rolling pin from the middle to each end, moving the rolling pin by a pin's width each time; turn the dough 180 degrees and repeat; when it softens, start rolling.
Roll the dough into a circle about 1/8th inch (3 mm) thick.
If you used the plastic wrap or parchment paper as rolling surface, flip dough over the pan, centering it, and delicately press it all around so the corners are well covered. Peel away the plastic wrap.
Trim the excess dough hanging over the edges of the pan. Press the remaining dough around the border into the sides of the pan making sure the border is an even thickness all the way around.
Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork in several places.
Take out of the fridge the reserved pasta frolla you had cut away earlier. Roll it with your pin and cut into strips or use cookie cutters to make small shapes (this is not traditional, but it looks cute); or roll with your hands into ropes.
Spread prepared apple cranberry filling evenly over the bottom of the crostata.
Use the prepared strips or rolls of dough to make a lattice over the surface, or decorate with the cut shapes.
Put the tart in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
After 25 minutes, check the tart and continue baking until the tart is of a nice golden hue. (Note: Every oven is different. In my oven it took 34 minutes to bake the tart until golden.)
When done, remove the tart from the oven and let cool. If you have used a tart pan with a removable bottom, then release the tart base from the fluted tart ring. Make sure the tart is completely cool before slicing and serving.

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Audax said…
Wonderful that the cran-apple crostata worked out so well for you and the crust pastry with almonds and barley sounds so delicious well done. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.
veena said…
This is so inviting. Loved the crust
shelley c. said…
That crust sounds delicious with the almond and barley, and the filling sounds like a perfect compliment to it. Really excellent job on the challenge!!
emily said…
very pretty pie! looks really delicious!
Unknown said…

Unknown said…
Oh the color sings to me, Lovely job and what a gorgeous crostata.
Joanne said…
mmm I think almond and cranberries were made for each other! This sounds absolutely lovely.
sweetakery said…
Gorgeous looking crostata! looks really yumm!
A delicious and healthy crostata! Well done.


Priya Suresh said…
Such a healthy crust..crostata looks absolutely yummy,catchy and cute..
Lena Jayadev said…
we wont get cranberry in bglr.. snap is too tempting with lovely color.. :)
Simona Carini said…
Yasmeen, I LOVE the color of your filling, so festive and also seasonal.
Simplyfood said…
OMG this looks amazing and the colour of the filling is so vibrant.Lokks very delectable.
The Betz Family said…
I also used cranberry and apple, a great combination of flavors! I'm glad your crust turned out. I ended up just doing version 1 because I didn't feel like experimenting with the crust. Nice job on the challenge!
Hamaree Rasoi said…
Apple Tart looks heavenly. Great clicks.

Hamaree Rasoi
Anonymous said…
Great job. I love apples and cranberries!
Wonderful job on the challenge .. so delicious and the crust pastry with almond and barley is interesting.
Ivy said…
Thislooks amazing. Will have to try it soon.
Jaisy James said…
looks mouthwatering n yummy
sweet artichoke said…
Yum, I love your filling! Sound very tasty and the colour is very pretty :-)
I always have a thing for tarts. They really taste good and soft. :D
Rachel said…
Just wanted to let you know that the roundup for Weekend Herb Blogging #262 is now posted. Thank you for sending in that wonderful Farro Stuffed Pablano recipe.
Bergamot said…
You have a good collection of barley recipes. I just bought a small bag of barley (surely not quick cooking). I am inspired by your recipes to try out something different besides just boring barley water. That was my original intention of buying barley.
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