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Crostata with Almond, Apricot and Cheese

This recipe has a creamy filling of ricotta cheese, eggs and a bit of sugar.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: almond, apricot, cream cheese, dairy, dessert, pie, ricotta cheese, tart
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 322kcal

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    Ingredients for Crostata with Almond, Apricot and Cheese

    • 3.5 ounces almond paste, about 1/2 of a 7 ounce log
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
    • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 2 ounces Ricotta cheese, whipped until very smooth
    • 2 large egg yolks
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 refrigerated pie crust, room temperature
    • 4 to 5 large apricots, pitted and halved, then sliced to fan
    • 1/4 cup apricot jam, heated over very low flame

    * optional

    • 1/2 teaspoon licorice sugar
    • 3 crushed anisette cookies


    The Method

    • Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a large rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
    • Pulse almond paste and 3 tablespoons sugar in processor until finely chopped, about 6 to 8 pulses. Add cream cheese, whipped ricotta, egg yolk, and vanilla and blend until filling is smooth.
    • Unroll pie crust on parchment lined baking sheet. Using a ruler and a sharp knife, lightly score marks 1 1/2 inches in from the edge of the crust all the way around, so as to roughly leave a 1 1/2-inch plain border. 
    • * if using licorice sugar, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon on crust now
    • Spread filling over crust just to border marks you made.
    • Arrange apricot half fans atop the filling.
    • Fold dough border up over edge of filling.
    • Brush exposed apricots with warm jam. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar.
    • Bake crostata until crust is golden brown and apricots are tender and slightly browned, about 40 to 45 minutes.
    • Sprinkle with crushed anisette cookies if using. Serve warm or at room temperature.


    Serving: 1servings | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.