Baking has always payticularly held a special place in my heart since I was young, so that’s why I decided to create a page on my blog dedicated to my favorite baked goods. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no professional and I do use store bought cake mixes for things. But I always add my own spin on everything I make because personally, I see baking as a hobby, not as someone who wants to compete on a Food Network show.
I may not be into the scary activities that come with fall, so that’s why I just call it baking season. I love fall themed baked goods because of the pumpkin and cinnamon aromas that fill my kitchen and heart with a sense of warmth and comfort that brings a smile to my face like no other. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to that during this season. My personal favorite desserts contain a lot of apples and pumpkin and that’s why I thought this November why not share some recipes that everyone can enjoy during the holidays.
Lately my mom’s kitchen has been filled with all kinds of apples and honestly there is nothing better than a warm apple dessert during the fall season. My mom also has this ability to pick up flavors in absolutely anything she eats, and then will make it at home even better than she tried it. So I guess I get my love for baking from her. For this recipe, you might have most of the ingredients at home, but if not don’t worry they can easily be found at your local grocery store.
Baking time: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Apple Crostata Ingredients:
2 Red Apples (we used gala)
Pie Crust (feel free to make it at home or use store bought, we bought Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust and it comes in a pack of 2 so more crostatas to go around!)
1/2 Teaspoon of orange zest
2 1/2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar (leave some extra sugar aside that’s not from the 2 1/2 Tbsps to sprinkle on top of the crust right before you bake it to give it the brown caramelized color and flavor)
1 Heaping Teaspoon of brown sugar
1 Teaspoon of cinnamon (you can add a little more if you love cinnamon, which is what we tend to do)
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
Vanilla bean ice cream
Step 1: Mix all of the ingredients except for the ice cream in a bowl.
Step 2: Spoon the mixture into the pie crust(also, you don’t need to let it thaw because it’s refrigerated). Then, fold over the crust almost like a hexagon shape and sprinkle the extra granulated sugar on top of the crust.
Step 3: Bake for 29-33 minutes in a non-stick pan. Of course, depending on your oven. We always have to bake for 33 minutes because well our oven is very old.
Step 4: Let the cinnamon smell take over your kitchen and let the apple crostata set for about 15-20 mins. Then top with your favorite vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
My family and I have been so obsessed with this dessert we can’t stop making it. We also love everything with vanilla bean ice cream during every season, so why stop with the apple crostata. Honestly, you could add any seasonal flavored ice cream you want on top of this dessert, but we didn’t want to take away any of the flavors from the star of the show. Also, feel free to be creative and add nuts, caramel, or extra cinnamon as an additional ingredient/garnish on top.
Thanks for baking with me:)