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Jam Crostata

A crostata is essentially an Italian free-form pie - think of it as a pie with lower standards and less pressure to make it perfect! In French cooking, it's referred to as a galette. I love them in both savory and sweet applications. This recipe in particular is so easy, and it's the perfect kind of "pantry dessert" that I can almost always whip up no matter how bare-bones my ingredients are. Feel free to use any kind of jam you have (hint: we sell a lot of amazing Italian jams here on Giadzy!), and you can absolutely use refrigerated pie dough for this recipe instead of making it from scratch.

Crostata with Raspberry Jam

Jam Crostata



Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

Image of Jam Crostata



  1. To a large bowl add the flour, cornmeal and salt. Use your hand to combine everything together. Add the cold butter and begin quickly working it with your fingers, smearing it slightly to make small streaks of butter with flour and pieces of butter the size of a chickpeas. Do not over work. Add the ice water and stir to combine. When it is just starting to come together, pour the mixture out onto a clean surface and knead the mixture 4 or 5 times to bring it together. Form a flat disk and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to overnight.

  2. Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to an 11-inch round. Transfer the dough onto a heavy baking sheet that has been lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Spread the preserves on top of dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the dough border over the filling to form an 8-inch round, pleating loosely and pinching to seal any cracks in the dough.

  3. Bake the crostata until the crust is golden, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool. Sprinkle with the almonds and dust with the powdered sugar, if you wish. Slide a metal spatula under the crust to free the crostata from the baking sheet and serve.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
21 grams
3 grams
15 grams
Saturated Fat
9 grams
38 milligrams
199 milligrams
1 grams
3 grams


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