‘Crostata’ is Italian baked tart. The reason why I call this tart ‘Crostata’ is because a photo of ‘Hazelnut Crostata’ taken on a street in Florence had inspired me to create it. My shortcrust pastry is super-easy as always. Using ready-made Sweetened Chestnut Puree (Cream or Paste), this crostata can be made so easily. If you can’t find the Sweetened Chestnut Puree, you can try with ‘Nutella’ instead. ‘Nutella Crostata’ is also yummy.


Makes

8 Servings

Ingredients

Butter 125g *softened
Caster Sugar 1/3 cup
Large Egg 1
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
Plain Flour 1 & 3/4 cups
Sweetened Chestnut Puree/Paste 200 to 300g
Peeled Cooked Chestnuts 200g

Method
  1. Beat softened Butter and Sugars until smooth. Beat in Egg and Vanilla, and mix well. Add Flour and mix to combine, then knead gently and shape into a disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes if too soft.

  2. Roll the dough to 5mm thickness and transfer to a pie dish. Trim the dish of any extra dough.

  3. Spread the Sweetened Chestnut Puree over the pastry, sprinkle with coarsely chopped Chestnuts evenly.

  4. With the extra dough, make strips to create a lattice finish OR make crumbles and spread over.

  5. Bake in pre heated oven at 180° for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden.

  6. Cool completely. Cut into wedges and enjoy.

  7. I used coarsely chopped Roasted Almonds instead of Chestnuts for the photo below.