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June 21, 2012

Summer Crostata {Peach, Cherry & Blueberry}

Sometimes (lately all the time), life is just too busy.  Do you feel that way to? I really hate to complain about it because honestly life is very good and I am extremely blessed.  But working multiple jobs, social obligations, house upkeep & chores, needing to spend time with family.....you know how it is.  There just isn't enough time in the day for me and where does the fun come in?  I mean yes, parts of all of that are fun.  But sometimes you need a breath of fresh air.

May I introduce you to my Summer Crostata?  Say hello to a moment of relaxation and summer fun! 
It is peach season!!! Hungry hubby and I purchased a bushel of organic peaches at our local farmers market, then my neighbor gave us another bushel of white peaches from north Georgia as a thank you for taking care of their sweet sweet dogs while they were on vacation (THANK YOU!)

This is a fruit that I LOVE to cook with (or eat whole) because it is naturally SO sweet.  This means that when you bake with it, there isn't a need for added sugar!

I paired our super sweet peaches with blueberries from our garden and some fresh cherries.  Super simple, perfectly sweet and delicious!

And EASY!  This is a rustic version of a pie and takes much less time to put together which means taking 5-10 minutes with this dessert and total happiness!
Summer Crostata {Peach, Cherry, & Blueberry}
crust:
1 1/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
4 tbsp cold unsalted butter
4 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese
1/8 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp ice cold water

filling (you can do this with any combination of fruit that you like:
1 large peach, thinly sliced
1/4 c blueberries, rised
1/4 c cherries, pitted and diced
1/4 tsp cornstarch

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

First you need to make your crust or pie dough.  Either in a large bowl, or a food processor, combine the flour and salt.  Then add your cold (important that it is cold) butter and cream cheese in small pieces.  Pulse it into the flour (or use a pastry blender or fork to cut it in).  Then add cold water, 1 tbsp at a time and pulse or mix until a dough ball starts to form (in my kitchen, I used 3, it depends on the humidity and temperature that day).  Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and use the wrap to form a ball and enclose the ball in the wrap.  Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.


While you are waiting, wash and cut up your fruit filling and combine it in a small bowl with the cornstarch.

Sprinkle a large cutting board or counter top with whole wheat flour and roll your dough out into a circle (you will also need to sprinkle the top with flour so it doesn't stick to the rolling pin).  Then, gently roll the dough over the pin and lift it onto a cookie sheet.

Pour your fruit filling into the center of the dough then gently fold the edges of the dough over the fruit. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.  Enjoy!

6 Comments:

Blogger Jenilane said...

Drool...

June 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Erin @ Texanerin Baking said...

I wish I had neighbors who'd bring me peaches. :) But I don't even know my neighbors so... yeah.

You have several jobs? Oh my. I have one part time job and I already feel overwhelmed, especially when it comes to blogging. I don't understand how working people post 3-4 times a week and have pictures that look like they should be in a cookbook. And to top if off, they have children. And newborns. And do charity work on the side and so on and so on. I wish I could be like that!

Anyway, I love the thought of a crostata. Yummy. I don't usually like crust but this looks delicious. :)

June 21, 2012 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Agreed!

June 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yes, for now I'm doing a few different things plus a 40+/week full-time job. But that is why I love blogging! It requires me to take time to make something delicious!

June 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Cristen said...

Yummy.

June 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous mom said...

Yummy...going to try this one right away!

June 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM  

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