As an Italian-American, I am always blending things that I love from both of my cultures. That’s why I’ve put an Italian spin on the classic American apple pie to give this classic new depth and flavor – as well as better health benefits.
Read on to find out why you need this Italian-American Apple Crostata at your next family gathering or holiday dessert table!
Everyone loves a sugary pie, right? Not me. Growing up in Italy, I learned to love desserts that were less sweet than what most American children grow up eating. I didn’t love the sweet, frosting-coated cakes that others did. Instead, I always preferred my slightly sweet crostatas and tarts. So much that I had them every year for my birthday “cake!”
Like the crostatas of my childhood, this recipe uses just a small amount of sugar and makes use of the natural sugars in the fruit to sweeten the tart.
Whenever I bring this crostata around for a party, even my friend’s with a sweet tooth love them. They offer a more balanced flavor and don’t leave you with a sugar crash afterwards. Because it’s not too sweet, you can even enjoy it for breakfast, guilt-free.
But it’s not just Italians who love less-sweet desserts. In fact, in 19th Century America, people also enjoyed pie more often as a breakfast dish than a sweet dessert. At this time in history, it’s likely that they were made with much less sugar than in our modern day. Traditional pies were probably more similar to the Italian-style crostatas than today’s high-sugar grocery store dessert. So, in a way we are making our way back to America’s culinary roots!
In this recipe, I add powdered superfoods for two reasons. The first is to make the dough multiple shades of autumn leaf colors (which makes it the perfect dessert to bring to Thanksgiving dinner). Second, these superfood powders add a ton of nutritional value, antioxidants, and health benefits without adding extra fruit or veggies to this simple tart.
The superfood blends also enhance the health benefits of the other ingredients, like Einkorn wheat, bitter almond, and fruit.
Anytime I can blend the best of Italian and American cooking, I know I’m in for a treat. That’s how I feel about this apple crostata. It celebrates an American classic while bringing in Italian baking traditions that elevate the whole dessert to a new level.
What I love most, though, is sharing this apple crostata – and my varied heritage – with family and friends. I hope you enjoy sharing a delicious moment with your family over a hearty slice of apple crostata, too!