(No shame in drooling over this picture…it is as delicious as it looks!)
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.
Question #1: What is a crostata?
Answer: A crostata is an Italian baked dessert tart, and a form of pie. It is traditionally prepared by folding the edges of the dough over the top of the jam/marmalade filling, creating a more “rough” look, rather than a uniform, circular shape.
We were given a great deal of freedom with this challenge when it came to choosing flavors…and with that comes the dilemma of actually choosing flavors! Of course, as is the case for most of our challenges, we couldn’t just try one flavor- so we compromised and made two! A savory crostata made with a basil crust and filled with feta, cottage cheese, chicken, onion, spinach and tomatoes, and a delicious desert crostata made with a raspberry crust and filled with dark chocolate, vanilla pastry cream, and fresh raspberries.
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