Cooking Holidays Italy recipe : Crostata alla Marmellata
Jam tarts are classic Italian desserts. Every home baker and her nonna has a favorite recipe, often using homemade jam created with ripe fruit from the orto, or garden.
Yield: 12 slices
2 Jars of jam, any flavour
¼ cup apricot jam (optional), for glazing
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, + more for rolling dough
6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces, + more for pan
1 egg yolk
1 pinch of fine sea salt
Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl, and mix well. Scatter the butter on top and, with a pastry cutter or your fingers, squeeze the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the egg yolk, and stir thoroughly with the fork again until combined.
To make the crust with a food processor, place the dry ingredients in the bowl fitted with the metal blade. Pulse together, add the butter, and then pulse 4 to 6 times again, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the egg yolk, and process just until the dough forms a ball.
Shape the dough into a fat disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
When you’re ready to bake the tart, preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter either an 8- or 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom or an 8-by-8-inch square pan, and set aside.
Place the dough on a lightly-floured work surface. Cut off about one third of the dough, rewrap it in plastic, and set aside. (Refrigerate if your kitchen is warm.) Roll the two-thirds of the dough ¼ to ½ inch thick in a circle or square about 1 inch larger than your pan. If the dough resists, let it relax for a few minutes and come back to it. Wrap the rolled dough around the rolling pin, transfer it to the pan, and unfold it into the pan. Press it against the bottom and sides of the pan.
Cut off a small piece of dough from the remaining piece and, with your hands, roll it into a ½-inch rope on the work surface. Place the rope around the perimeter of the pan on top of the rolled dough. Return the remaining dough, wrapped in plastic, to the refrigerator.
Line the crust with foil, fill with dried beans or pie weights, and bake until the crust is set and matte, about 15 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven, and allow it to cool slightly. In the meantime, increase the heat to 400°F. When the crust is cool enough to handle, spread the 2 cups of jam in it in an even layer. Lightly flour the work surface, and roll out the remaining dough to the shape of the pan but 1 inch larger all around, between ¼ and ½ inch thick. Cut this into ½-inch to 1-inch wide strips for the top lattice. Place alternating strips on top of the tart, attaching the ends to the rope of dough that you created earlier. Arrange the remaining strips at an angle to the first strips, again attaching them to the rope of dough. Lattice made!
Now, bake your tart until the lattice strips are golden and dry, for 15 to 20 minutes.
If using the glaze, while the tart is baking, combine the apricot jam with 2 taablespoons of water in a small pot. Heat over low heat and whisk to combine, then stran out any chunks of fruit. While the tart is still warm, brush the lattice strips with the glaze. Cool completely on a rack, and serve at room temperature to your lucky guests.
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This recipe is an example of what to expect with Taste Trails Rome cooking holidays Italy. What we cook in the lessons depends on the time of the year and what is in season . We try and use only fresh , local and if possible organic ingredients .