Jam Crostata/Tart

Jam Crostata/Jam Tart is one of the most popular desserts in Italy. You can find it in every pastry, restaurant and in every house where there is a Nonna around.

Everybody has their own recipe; to get the best result I suggest using home-made jam.

This is the basic recipe for the tart so you can make the Crostata/tart or cookies.


  • 200 grams {about 1 ½ cup} flour
  • 100 grams {about ½ cup} sugar
  • 100 grams {about ½ cup less a tsp} unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • Lemon zest
  • Teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of love


  • In a bowl mix the flour, the sugar and the pinch of salt, make a hole, and add the butter at room temperature cut in pieces, add the eggs, the lemon zest and the baking powder.
  • MiIMG_4241x very well until the dough is nice and smooth.
  • Put it in the fridge for 1 hour covered with plastic.
  • Get your 12 inch round pan buttered and turn the oven on at  350.
  • Roll the dough out to about ¼ and ½ inch thick without working it too much. I suggest covering the dough with plastic wrap so it won’t stick on your rolling pin.
  • Set the dough on your pan, remembering to leave a small piece for the strips.
  • Spread the jam on the dough and reroll the pieces for the strips.
  • Put the strips on the jam the way that you like.
  • Bake the crostata for 20/30 minutes or until is nice and brown.
  • Do not over bake otherwise it will become hard like a rock.
  • Buon Appetito



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