Apple Crostata

Apple crostata, a rustic tart with fresh sliced apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, with a butter crust.

Apple Crostata served with whipped cream
Elise Bauer

If you have a bounty of apples, one of the easiest desserts you can make with them is this apple crostata.

What Is an Apple Crostata?

Crostata is the Italian term for a simple rustic tart, or galette.

To make this apple crostata, we toss some apple slices with lemon, sugar, cornstarch, and spices, roll out a round of dough, and arrange the apple slices in the center of the dough. Fold the sides of the dough a little over the fruit and bake. It's easy!

For more information on which apple varieties are best for baking, check out our Guide to Apples.

A Little Back Story ...

I planted an espaliered apple tree when I moved into my house a few years ago. It came with apples on it, and seemed so full of promise.

For the next 3 years the tree flowered, but alas no apples. Not until this year, when I spied 7 beautiful apples on its lowest branches. Hurrah! Finally!

At least until the raccoons got to them. Or maybe it was the squirrels. In any case, one day they were all gone, and I didn't pick them!

Fortunately, my parents' trees are loaded with more apples than they can possibly use. When it's apple season my father makes applesauce and apple treats practically every day.

apple harvest for apple crostata or apple crostini
Elise Bauer

Unfussy Apple Crostata

Dad loves making this apple crostata because it's not too fussy. It tastes great, and he doesn't have to attempt to make it look pretty.

My father, at 85, is a practical man. He doesn't have time for pretty (unless it's my mom, who in both of our opinions is the most beautiful woman we know), but he does love apples baked with cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and butter.

This simple crostata is a perfect way to enjoy apples of the season. The crust is on the thin side, meaning you get mostly apples with a serving. He tops it with heavy cream that he has whipped up with some powdered sugar and vanilla.

Tom Bauer Making Apple Crostata
Elise Bauer

Best Toppings for Apple Crostata

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Apple Crostata

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Chilling 60 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings 6 servings

We've included directions for making a simple butter crust. You can also use a store-bought crust (flat or folded, not in a pie tin) to save time.

If you can, use a mix of apple varieties for this tart. The result will be more interesting.



  • 1 1/4 cup (160g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (skip salt if using salted butter)

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick, 113g) chilled butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes


  • 1 3/4 pounds (800g) good cooking apples (Fuji, Jonagold, Pippin, Granny Smith), about 3 to 4 apples

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Small pinch salt

To Finish:

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 teaspoon cream

  • 1 teaspoon sprinkling sugar (can use plain sugar)

  • 1 teaspoon butter

Whipped cream:

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream, very cold

  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Make the dough:

    To make the dough, place flour, sugar, and salt into a food processor and pulse a couple of times.

    Add half of the butter and pulse 8 1-second pulses. Add the rest of the butter and pulse several more times, until the largest piece of butter is no larger than a pea.

    Add 2 Tbsp of very cold water to the dough. Pulse a couple of times. Continue to add icy water, a teaspoon at a time (no more than 3 teaspoons) until the dough just holds together when you pinch some with your fingers.

    Empty the food processor bowl onto a clean surface. Gather up the dough into your hands and form a ball. Flatten into a disk and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour.

    making dough for apple crostata
    Elise Bauer
    apple crostata dough
    Elise Bauer
  2. Peel, slice apples, toss with lemon:

    As the dough is chilling, peel, core, and slice the apples into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice and lemon zest. Toss the apple slices around in the bowl so that they are all a little coated with the lemon juice.

    sliced apples in a bowl for apple crostata
    Elise Bauer
    seasoning apples for apple crostini
    Elise Bauer
  3. Whisk sugar, cornstarch, spices, then toss with apples:

    In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt. Sprinkle over the apple slices and gently mix so that the apple slices are all well coated with the sugar mixture.

  4. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C)
  5. Roll out dough:

    Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit 5 to 10 minutes before rolling out. Place on a lightly floured clean surface and roll out to a 14 inch (35 cm) round. (The dough round will be on the thin side.) Pro-tips: don't let the dough stick to the table. If it starts to stick, sprinkle the surface with more flour. If the dough gets too soft to work with, chill in the refrigerator for a few minutes.

  6. Mound apples on dough round:

    Gently transfer to a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet. Mound the apples in the center of the dough round, allowing for a 2 1/2 to 3 inch (6 to 8 cm) margin around the edges. Gently lift up and drape the edges over the apples.

    placing apples in dough for apple crostini
    Elise Bauer
    wrapping apples up in dough for apple crostata
    Elise Bauer
  7. Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, dot with butter:

    Whisk together the egg white and cream. Use a pastry brush to brush over the exposed areas of the crust. Sprinkle the top of the crostata with sugar. Dot the exposed apples with butter.

  8. Bake:

    Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 45 minutes to an hour, checking after 30 minutes or so. If the apples start to brown too much, tent them with foil.

  9. Cool:

    Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for 30 minutes to an hour before serving.

    baked apple crostata or apple crostini
    Elise Bauer
  10. Make whipped cream:

    To whip the cream, place the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl (sometimes I like to freeze the empty bowl so it stays colder when whipping the cream). Use a hand mixer to whip until you have soft peaks. Chill until ready to serve.

    Serve the apple crostata with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


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Apple Crostata
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
492 Calories
25g Fat
64g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 492
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 363mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 218mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.