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Crostata/ Italian Pie

Crostata/ Italian jam Pie is one of the most popular desserts in Italy. It’ s a classic nonna’s dessert, every nonna has a personal recipe, full if secrets and lots of love.

The recipe that I want to share with with today belongs to my dear mother in law, my kids grandma, that recently passed from a terrible desiese. This was the cake that she used to make for me at all my birthday, any family celebration and every time I asked for it.

Thinking about this marvelous cake, I still remember 10 years ago in one of my trip to Italy from Vancouver, my mother in law decided to make me a Crostata for the trip, just to make my trip a little bit sweeter ( i was traveling with small kids). The trip was definitely sweeter, her Crostata was very popular on the plain, in fact all the hostesses loved it and even my sister was lucky enough to try a piece! For this recipe I use homemade jam, but you can use whatever you prefer and whatever you have available!

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams flour
  • 120 grams sugar
  • 120 grams butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • Lemon zest
  • 2 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • Lemon zest
  • A pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of love
  • 2 tablespoon of Any liquor that you like
  • Small jar of jam

Method:

  • 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.
  • Mix 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 or hearts or stars! Whatever you prefer.
  • Put the strips on the jam the way that you like.
  • Bake the crostata for 30/40 minutes or until is nice and brown.
  • Do not over bake otherwise it will become hard like a rock.
  • Buon Appetito.

Gluten-free crepes

Crepes are one the my family favorite.

This time I wanted to try a gluten free version and it was a success,my hubby did not notice the difference.

This crepes recipe is very versatile, it can be used for lasagna,cannelloni  or like I did today just for breakfast with some Nutella and jam.

 

Ingredients:

  •  300 ml milk
  •  2 eggs
  •  a pinch of salt
  •  100 grams corn starch
  •  a sprinkle of love

 

Method:

  • To make good crepes you will need the right tools.If you don’t have the crepes pan its ok,you just need a small fry pan not bigger then 8 inch other wise it will be difficult to flip them.Make sure that your pan is nonstick and while you are making the crepes it need to be greased. Also make sure to have a soup spoon and always put the same amount of batter in it.
  •  Mix the eggs with the whisk
  •  Add the corn starch and the salt and mix very well
  • Slowly add half of the milk and mix very well
  • Add the rest of the milk
  • Let it rest for 15 minutes
  • Grease your pan with a little bit of oil or butter, be careful to do not use too much oil or butter otherwise the crepes will be too  greasy.
  • Usually what I do put a small piece of butter or a teaspoon of oil in the pan and with the   paper towel  I spread it out.
  • when the pan is warm pour 1 spoon of batter in and try to move the pan a little so the crepes will be nice and round.
  • when the crepes start to come off of the board is ready to be flip,
    •  the other side will take just a minute to cook,remember to grease the pan after 5 crepes.
  •  I served mine with Nutella and jam you can also add fresh fruit,whipping cream whatever you like.
  •  Buon appetito

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