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One of my favorite things to do each summer is to visit the local farmers markets. I’m a new apartment renter in Pittsburgh. Being in a large city, I could go to a different market every day of the week if I choose. Coming from a small town with limited access to shopping, having so many options is a dream come true.

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Although the markets are stocked with a variety of tempting goodies, I’ve not been able to resist the selection of fresh peaches, plums, and nectarines. Knowing that their season is short, I’ve been picking up a few each visit.

Instead of just slicing them and enjoying them as I snack, I decided to put them to work in an easy and rustic pastry: Farmers Market Peach and Almond Crostata.

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If you’re new to baking, don’t let the title intimidate you. A crostata is similar to a pie but much more forgiving and way less fancy. And you don’t need a pie pan. You just fold over the edges of the pastry to trap whatever filling you decide to use. In this recipe, we’re using almonds and peaches.

To start, you will need pie dough. I’ve linked to my go-to recipe below. Pie dough can be a bit tricky to make at first, but once you understand how the dough should feel, you’ll be good to go. (I like homemade, but you can use store-bought if you prefer.)

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First, I rolled the dough out into a circle and placed it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Next, I sprinkled the crust with a mixture of ground almonds, sugar, lemon zest, and egg yolk. When making a crostata, I find it best to layer something (even plain flour) on the dough to help absorb some of the juice from the filling. This keeps the crust from getting soggy. For this recipe, I used ground almonds because they add a flavorful crunch.

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Then, I added sliced peaches mixed with sugar. For the final step, the dough is simply folded over to hold in all of that sun-ripened summer fruit flavor. This is the part I love the most about a crostata. It’s supposed to look rustic and imperfect.

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After a visit to the oven and some time to cool on the counter, your Farmers Market Peach and Almond Crostata is ready to enjoy!

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Farmers Market Peach and Almond Crostata

Serves 8

Print Recipe
Peach and Almond Crostata
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup whole almonds toasted and then finely ground
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg York and white separated
  • 4 large peaches pitted and sliced
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sugar
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup whole almonds toasted and then finely ground
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg York and white separated
  • 4 large peaches pitted and sliced
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sugar
Instructions
  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12- to 14-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer the dough to the baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the ground almonds, 1/4 cup sugar, lemon zest, and egg yolk. (Reserve the egg white.) Spread this almond mixture in the center of the prepared dough, leaving a 4 – 5 inch border of dough.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the peaches with the brown sugar. Then, pour the mixture onto the center of the dough, spreading it out evenly to cover the almond mixture. Fold the edge of the dough up and over the piece, pleating it as you go and leaving the crostata uncovered in the center. Dot the fruit top with butter. Refrigerate the dough about 30 minutes until it is firm.
  4. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Before baking, brush the dough with the reserved egg white and then sprinkle it lightly with coarse sugar.
  6. Bake the crostata 50-60 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the peaches are tender. Transfer the crostata to a wire rack and let it cool for 20 minutes before serving.

 

 

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As I told you, it’s not complicated. It truly is the perfect dessert for summer and a delicious way to enjoy fruit from the market. Yes, you can use whatever fruit you like best: berries, apples, other stone fruit. They all work beautifully.

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Oh, and if you really want to treat yourself, top your piece of crostata with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can’t go wrong.

Do you have farmers markets near your apartment? Be sure to check out the 9 best things you can buy on your next trip.

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About :

Michael Wurm, Jr. is a native of St. Marys, PA and currently lives in Pittsburgh. He is the self-taught decorator, cook, DIYer, and writer behind the lifestyle blog Inspired by Charm. The mission of his blog is to help people create their happy place through decorating, cooking, crafting, entertaining, and travel. The blog features no-fuss recipes as well as approachable decor and DIY ideas that mix old and new. Michael encourages others to “throw away the rule book” and stay true to their individual style. Read more at Inspired by Charm.

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