Organic Emily

Summer Fruit Crostata

Summer Fruit CrostataI love summer because of all the good food I get to eat!  Plums, peaches and blueberries make this ‘Barefoot Contessa’ rustic pie heavenly!  You don’t have to be a professional pie maker to wow your guests!

Recipe

Pie Pastry

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup organic sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 lb. (2 sticks) cold butter, diced

4-6 tablespoons ice water

Filling

2 pounds firm, ripe peaches, pealed, pitted and sliced

1 pound firm, ripe plums, pitted and sliced

1 pint blueberries

2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon orange zest

4 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Topping

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup organic sugar

1/2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, diced

In a food processor fitted with a blade pulse the flour, sugar and salt.  Pulse the cold butter until it resembles small peas, 12-15 times.  Slowly add the ice water through the feed tube, pulsing until the dough just comes together.  Roll the dough into a disc shape and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  In the meantime prepare the fruit in a large bowl.  Add the sugar, flour, orange zest and juice and gently toss to incorporate.  Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper (do not skip this step).  Roll the pastry out into a large rectangular shape.  Carefully place dough on the pan and then place the fruit mixture in the center of the pie crust leaving a 2-inch border.  Gently wrap the outer edges on the crust over the fruit leaving the top open.

For the topping, use a pastry cutter or fingers to mix the butter, flour, sugar and salt until it resembles a coarse meal.  Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes.  Cool and serve warm or room temp with vanilla ice cream.

 

Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, yoga/pilates instructor, a clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist and soon to be traditional naturopath. She is a very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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