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Italian Crostata Recipe (Jam filled Tart)

Italian Crostata is a classic dessert made with a short bread cookie like pastry crust (pasta frolla) and filled with any fruit jam of your preference. The best part about a crostata is the free form rustic process and look. No special tools, ingredients, or process. 

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 Recipe for Crostata Dough (Pasta Frolla)
  • 1 1/2 cups apricot jam or other fruit preserves + 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest mixed into the jam OR Italian Pastry Cream (Crema Pasticcera) Recipe
  • Optional: slivered almonds for topping


  1. After making and chilling the dough- roll out the larger portion into an 11-inch round about 1/8 inch thick or slightly thicker.
  2. Carefully wrap the dough around the rolling pin and drape it over a 9-inch fluted tart pan or round pie dish. Gently press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
  3. Use the rolling pin or the flat of your hand to press around the perimeter of the pan to cut off any excess dough. 
  4. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Spoon the jam and lemon zest filling (or Italian pastry cream) into the shell and smooth it with a spatula.
  6. Roll out the remaining dough portion into a 10-inch round about 1/8 inch thick or slightly thicker, and use a fluted pastry wheel or pizza slicer to cut it into 3/4-inch-wide strips, or simply cut it into strips, or make ropes by rolling with hands.
  7. Carefully place the strips over the filled tart in a lattice pattern (not woven simply lay piece on one another), gently pressing the ends of the strips into the sides of the pan. Use the flat of your hand to gently cut off any excess dough.
  8. If desired, sprinkle the top with sliced almonds 
  9. Bake the crostata for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Mangia! (Eat!)
  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 30 min (plus 1 hour chilling)
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Sweet/ Dessert
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: crostata, dessert, Italian dessert, sweet dough, jam, tart, sweet, dessert recipe, pasta frolla