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Spelt Blood Orange Crostata

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A crostata is an Italian tart with fruit or cream filling that is baked flat on a pastry crust rather than in a tart pan. Crostata can be prepared with seasonal fruit, as well as any range of canned preserves and even with canned fruits. It’s easy to make and great for a family dessert or a sweet treat at a party.

Spelt Blood Orange Crostata

adapted from Food and Wine
Short Crust PastryFilling
  • 140 g Spelt pastry flour
  • 20 g Superfine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 110 g Unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 30 ml Ice water
  • Flour for dusting
  • 8 Blood oranges (about 5 ounces each)
  • 40 g Light brown sugar
  • 15 g Butter
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp Water
  1. To make the pastry, freeze the butter cubes on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Place the spelt flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter cubes, and toss with your fingers to coat each cube with the flour. Pulse quickly on and off until the mixture is the size of small peas. Add the ice water and pulse several times until until moistened crumbs form. Turn the crumbs out onto a work surface and shape into a rough ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for 30 minutes or until firm.
  2. Roll the dough into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface and transfer it to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 15 minutes until chilled.
  3. Meanwhile, peel the blood oranges, removing all of the bitter white pith. Thinly slice 2 of the oranges crosswise. Remove the pits and place the orange slices to a plate. Working over a sieve set over a bowl, cut in between the membranes of the remaining oranges, releasing the sections into the sieve. Remove the pits and gently shake out as much juice as possible without mashing the sections. You will need 1 cup of sections. Reserve the orange juice for another use.
  4. Arrange the orange sections on the pastry, leaving a 2-inch border all around. Sprinkle half of the light brown sugar over the oranges. Using a paring knife, thinly slice the butter over the oranges. Fold the dough border toward the center of the tart, , leaving most of the oranges uncovered.
  5. Beat the egg yolk and water in a small bowl. Brush the pastry with the egg wash and sprinkle with half of the remaining brown sugar. Arrange the orange slices on top, leaving a 1-inch border of pastry all around. Sprinkle the rest of brown sugar on top. Freeze the tart until solid, at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F and position a rack in the center. Bake the tart directly from the freezer for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the pastry is deeply browned. Remove and cool the tart on a rack for 10 minutes and serve warm, with whipped cream or caramel sauce if desired. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Gerry @Foodness Gracious 12/3/12 06:34

One word..Rustic, and I love rustic! Great colors and the crust looks perfect. I'm trying to imagine how it tastes...
Take care,

Easy Recipes, Stunning Presentations 12/3/12 07:04

Wow, those looks amazing and at the same time super easy. Love it!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 12/3/12 08:10

It looks just divine! That spelt pastry must be very tasty.



ann low 12/3/12 08:14

Beautiful dessert as usual and they look very delicious too :)

MunatyCooking 12/3/12 08:27

It's beautiful Angie, and from experience I can tell it will taste good :)

Awayofmind Bakery House 12/3/12 08:35

Another loverly pastry from you!

Dorina 12/3/12 08:52

It looks divine , i love it .

sangeeta 12/3/12 09:10

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous....your pictures speak.

easyfoodsmith 12/3/12 10:07

This looks awesome and I am sure it tastes heavenly!!!!

TinaRBK 12/3/12 13:03

I have never thought of using blood oranges in a crostada and by the looks of this, I wish I had! Definitely a great way to showcase all the wonderful flavor of blood oranges. I can just imagine all the tarty goodness with the buttery flake of the pastry makes for one terrific bite. Delicious post!

Kathy 12/3/12 13:08

Simply beautiful! I have a bag of blood oranges sitting in my fridge right now.....Hmmmm

[Reply] 12/3/12 13:15

this looks just yumm n tasty dear..colourful pics as always....loved it.....

Jocie's Mom 12/3/12 13:28

Beautiful crostata! Can you believe I've never tasted a blood orange? This looks amazing :)

tania@mykitchenstories 12/3/12 13:46

ooh, blood oranges nice delicious and the finished tart looks too good to eat...... But you did dint you, without giving me some!

Amanda @ Thinly Sliced Cucumber 12/3/12 13:59

For years my mom has made a version of this in the summer using fresh berries from her yard. Sometimes she makes mini versions so my brother and I each get out own and don't fight over the last piece :) I LOVE the idea of making it with citrus. My mouth is watering just looking at it...

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 12/3/12 14:10

Beautiful crostata! I'd never have thought to use oranges, it looks amazing!

mr. pineapple man 12/3/12 14:23

crostatas! My hub's favorite! This looks so good~~

Ana Regalado 12/3/12 14:29

Rustically fabulous ! ;D Love its gorgeous color ! Yummmmm !

Suzi 12/3/12 14:46

Wow this looks fantastic. I am still on a search for these beautiful blood oranges. Love that pasrty crust too. Have a great Monday.

Anonymous 12/3/12 15:17

What a fabulous recipe Angie!
:-) Mandy

Donna 12/3/12 15:21

This is this weekend's dessert...the blood oranges on my counter await! Fantastic idea to freeze the prepped crostata before baking...I'm intrigued..does this "up" the flakiness of the crust...or is it to avoid the oranges making the crust soggy due to their moisture content?...Kitchen alchemy!!

uno Scoiattolo in dispensa 12/3/12 15:30

it looks so amazing! I love your idea of using round slices, they look like suns!

Claudia 12/3/12 15:39

Breathtaking - I've never done a crostada with any citrus - and the blood oranges deliver so much tart flavor. It's the perfect (and fairly easy) dessert for March!

wok with ray 12/3/12 15:45

I love the beautiful and rustic look of this delicious crostata! I'm sure this is great with a cup of hot tea. Wishing you a wonderful week, Angie! :)

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 12/3/12 16:07

Another fabulous recipe Angie! The oranges are calling to me. Really beautiful and rustic and mouthwatering. Yum

Lenia 12/3/12 16:49

Wanna lick the screen!So beautiful!Have a lovely week,dear!

Anonymous 12/3/12 18:25

Waw, Angie! You know that I also love spelt flour & this divine spelt blood orange crostata looks absolutely FABULOUS!! :) Happy Baking! ;) I am so going to make this tomorrow!! xxx

Excellent pics, as usual!

Namitha 12/3/12 18:26

It looks wonderful ! and spelt pastry sounds cool ! never baked with spelt,have to try it

Mary Bergfeld 12/3/12 18:46

I love the ingredients you've used here. This really sounds delicious. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Evelyne CulturEatz 12/3/12 18:51

Such a gorgeous rustic looks. And blood oranges are so awesome. Great recipe. I just got a bag of sour cherries...inspiring for them possibly.

Achu's Amma's Kitchen 12/3/12 19:29

wow looks amazing...delicious and awesome..dear

Jen at The Three Little Piglets 12/3/12 19:38

I've seen so many great blood orange recipes lately, but I haven't been able to find them anywhere! Crazy oranges! It's like a great tease seeing all these beautiful recipes...

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 12/3/12 19:42

Beautiful color and flavor in that rustic crostada! Magazine-worthy photos of it!

Elizabeth 12/3/12 20:06

This looks great! I love blood oranges.

Deepti 12/3/12 20:27

Very colorful and looks delicious! Its great to visit your blog, you always refresh me with great ideas and new recipes!

XL @ 6 Bittersweets 12/3/12 20:44

Wow what gorgeous colors (and flavors, I'm sure)!

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour 12/3/12 20:54

Wow this looks fabulous! My neighbor has a blood orange tree... I'll have to tip toe on over there!

Devaki 12/3/12 20:55

Are you kidding me ANGIE - you just took crostata to another level. I am curious however - why freeze the whole tart before baking?

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Heidi @ Food Doodles 12/3/12 21:43

Beautiful!! I love making crostata, but I never ever thought to use citrus. I can't believe how beautiful the fruit looks!

Brian Samuels Photography 12/3/12 22:08

I just love how rustic this is! Beautiful!!!

Eliotseats 12/3/12 22:13

Very rarely can we get good blood oranges here in the middle of the states. This makes me want to go search for some. Beautiful post!

tigerfish 12/3/12 23:23

That's beautiful with the blood orange :)

Katherine Martinelli 13/3/12 00:30

This is just gorgeous!! And I have a few blood oranges on hand :-)

Emily Malloy 13/3/12 01:58

This is incredibly gorgeous!!!!!!

Monet 13/3/12 03:44

What a beautiful crostata. I love those rustic tarts. Such pretty pictures to end my day with. Hugs and love from ATX!

Baker Street 13/3/12 04:11

blood oranges in crostata is a fantastic idea.

Unknown 13/3/12 04:18

Gorgeous crostata, the blood orange slices look just amazing baked into the dough,yum;-)

Noob Cook 13/3/12 04:47

love the bright, fall colours. I have never seen blood oranges here, they look great.

kitchen flavours 13/3/12 04:52

Lovely! Would love to have a slice! Looks wonderful!

Shabitha Karthikeyan 13/3/12 05:10

That is amazing !! Perfectly done !!

beti 13/3/12 05:47

I love the idea! I have never made something with blood orange but making a crostata sounds delicious

My Little Space 13/3/12 08:20

This looks perfect for my after tea treat! Yummmm...
Hope you're having a great day, dear.

Ivy 13/3/12 08:54

That looks perfect. Would love a piece with my coffee right now!

Barbara 13/3/12 11:44

I love rustic tarts like this, Angie. Great idea to use blood oranges.

Joanne 13/3/12 12:11

It's rare to see blood orange prepared this way but how delicious!

nancy at good food matters 13/3/12 13:28

Blood oranges are such a rare treat where I live. Their berry-citrus flavor and brilliant, almost shocking color just knock me out! Your crostata looks fantastic.

Tiffany 13/3/12 13:49

You are so creative! And this crostata is so beautiful!

Viviane Bauquet Farre 13/3/12 15:43

Superlative, Angie! Blood oranges on their own are a treat, but to incorporate them into a dessert like this is truly an experience. Wish I had a piece!

Pam 13/3/12 16:14

It is absolutely gorgeous!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 13/3/12 16:16

What a stunning idea for a crostata using such a delicious in-season fruit! I just started using blood oranges this year but not in baking. I'd love to try this!

vianney 13/3/12 16:44

so sweet!! I love the rustic feel and with citrus, yummy!!

Russell at Chasing Delicious 13/3/12 17:11

This crostata looks gorgeous! And what a scrumptious flavor profile!

Juliana 13/3/12 18:52

Beautiful this crostata, I like that you used spelt flour for the crust. Love the color of the blood oranges in it.
Hope you are having a fantastic week Angie :)

Hornsfan 13/3/12 19:15

What a stunner! Angie, I adore your recipes, the way you mix flavorful amazing treats with healthy and unique ingredients. You really elevate healthy food and show non-believers how delicious it can be!

Angie's Recipes 13/3/12 20:52

@Devaki After working the fruits on the crust, it turns soft, and freezing it before baking helps to keep the crust in shape.

Riceandcoconut 13/3/12 21:51

Another great recipe you shared here,,,Looks wonderful and gorgeous crostata !!

Faith 13/3/12 22:07

This is such a unique, delicious use for blood oranges! Gorgeous crostata!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 13/3/12 22:30

Stunning magnificent made with blood oranges, Angie!

JasmyneTea 13/3/12 22:35

I love blood orange, and I'm always looking for new recipes using spelt flour. It looks amazing!

Elisabeth 14/3/12 01:10

My oh, my! Angie, the rustic beautiful look of this blood orange crostata just blows me away...but not too far I hope so I could save this recipe for me to try it!
The blood orange is exquisite in this variation, as well as the spelt flour:DDD

Jeanette 14/3/12 03:34

What a gorgeous crostata - love the blood oranges. I haven't seen any in our markets, but will have to keep an eye out.

Treat and Trick 14/3/12 05:43

Great rustic look! Wish I can have a slice right away!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious 14/3/12 06:15

Man I'm really behind. I've never had a blood orange before and I've never made a crostata either. Will have to make this ASAP so I get to try both! :)

Kiran @ 14/3/12 17:28

Yummy!! The photos makes it look so irresistible! I love this gorgeous crostata :)

Geni 14/3/12 18:54

Angie, this tart is so swanky, artistic and eat every bite delicious looking. I am just noticing that all(?) of your baked goods use unusual flours like spelt. Are you Gluten intolerant or do you just prefer healthier baked goods? Since my son's recent diagnosis I have been paying more attention to flours that I normally have not baked with before.

Julie at Burnt Carrots 14/3/12 19:35

This looks delicious! And your pictures are just beautiful. I think I need to buy some blood oranges!!

Choc Chip Uru 14/3/12 19:48

You are a stunning chef - this beautifully presented delicious dish proves it :)
I love your blog my friend!

Choc Chip Uru

Angie's Recipes 14/3/12 19:55

@DonnaThis helps to keep the crust in shape while it bakes and the fruits won't fall apart.

Angie's Recipes 14/3/12 20:30

I prefer healthier baked goods, though I am okay with wheat flours. Besides that, spelt flours are easy to find over here.

Cucina49 14/3/12 20:32

Oh, swoon. I remember seeing this recipe, but your version looks spectacular--blood oranges impart such great taste and color.

kankana 14/3/12 20:50

pass me a slice please! This looks so lovely and with blood orange .. yummy!

Amanda 14/3/12 21:34

aw man - i wish you posted this a little bit earlier - when my house was runeth over with blood oranges! oh well, i can always get some more for the crostata!


Robyn 15/3/12 00:39

I LOVE oranges in the wintertime! Especially blood oranges! This dish looks so homey and rustic, love it!

Kim 15/3/12 04:13

wow angie. this crostata looks delicious! i've never made one before, but scrolling down makes me want to eat this!

Shoutforfood 15/3/12 07:13

It looks fantastic!Love the vivid colors!

Choc Chip Uru 15/3/12 08:38

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lena 15/3/12 12:05

angie, this is beautiful and very attractive looking using blood oranges. It's quite difficult to get blood oranges far i've only seen it once.

lisaiscooking 15/3/12 14:20

The blood orange slices look great on top! I can't believe citrus season is almost over. I need to get baking with more citrus while I can.

Katia 15/3/12 17:57

I love blood oranges, they're just great and this tart looks so healthy!

Tanantha 15/3/12 18:26

Wow this looks delicious and love the rustic look! blood orange slices look beautiful on top!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 15/3/12 22:15

You are an artist Angie when it comes to making food look incredible. I made something similar with Clementines and it didn't look nearly so pretty.

Janine 16/3/12 02:57

wow i can't imagine how lovely the orange will taste against the spelt pastry! too bad we don't get blood oranges here :(

Sue 16/3/12 06:58

Love the rustic look! What a beauty!

Javelin Warrior 16/3/12 15:10

The colors are amazing and I never would have thought to make a crostata using blood orange slices... Love it =) I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It's a pleasure following your creations…

Katie@Cozydelicious 18/3/12 02:00

I love blood oranges! Ooooh, this looks so amazing! And the spelt flour is a great idea. Yum!

sally 18/3/12 20:02

Beautiful! I love that you used spelt flour for the crust too.

Magic of Spice 20/3/12 21:43

How beautiful and rustic this is! Looks delicious!

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 21/3/12 01:19

I can't seem to get enough blood oranges these days... the colour and taste are both exquisite. Beautiful Angie.

Catherine 21/3/12 19:05

Dear Angie, This looks wonderful!!! Blessings, Catherine xo

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Shoutforfood 24/3/12 18:13

The colors and textures in your photos make it look so tempting.

[Reply] 27/3/12 23:02

I love the idea of using blood oranges in this crostata! I posted in my facebook page with your link. I hope you don't mind.

Terra 8/4/12 03:28

I fell in love with blood oranges this year, they really are a gorgeous fruit! This looks so good, and really pretty:-) Hugs, Terra

Ани 11/4/12 17:29

Great idea to make a tart with blood oranges. I make the same tart with plums:
I love your blog!


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