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Recipe Category: Pies and Tarts

Crostata Romana

My friend Solé first made this with me when she first came to Australia from Rome. It is a classic jam tart with the a delicious biscuity pastry that is perfect served Italian-style with a good espresso.

Makes: 1 x 28cm tart
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 160g sugar
  • grated rind of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 375g jar good quality cherry or apricot conserve
  • double cream, for serving

Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then mix in sugar, lemon rind and eggs and mix with your hand to form a stiff dough, kneading lightly. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, flatten slightly and refrigerate for at least one hour. Roll out half the dough and line the base of a 28cm flan tin with removable (use the base of the tin to cut the pastry to size). Roll pieces of dough into a rope 1cm in thickness and press around the inside edge of the tin. Use a fork to press the pastry into the sides of the tin and prick the base. Spread the pastry with jam. Roll out the remaining dough and cut into ribbons using a fluted pastry wheel. Arrange the pastry ribbons in a lattice pattern on top of the tart. Bake at 180°C for 40-45 minutes until pastry is golden. Monitor during cooking and lower to the base of the oven towards the end of the cooking time to crisp the underside if required. Allow to cool before serving sliced with a dollop of cream.


The pastry in this recipe doubles easily and can also be used to make Nutella Turnovers (search on this site for the recipe).

Recipe Type: Baking, Pastries

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 24/09/2018