Easy as Pie...

Actually, easier.  The way I look at it, crostatas are a rustic style pie. 

Rhubarb & Strawberry Crostata [04.25.2010]

3 ingredients - pie dough, fresh fruit and sugar 

For this crostata, I simply rolled out a round of pie dough.  Instead of tossing the rhubarb in sugar, I mixed it with a healthy amount of homemade strawberry jam.  I piled the fruit mix in the center of the pie round, leaving about a 1.5"-2" border of dough.  That border is then folded over the fruit, making a crust and keeping the fruit in the center visible.  It is then baked in a 400 degree oven for 40 min - 1 hour.  

I love the handmade look of crostatas and its simplicity.  They are so delicious with ripe seasonal fruit!

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