Tuesday, August 28, 2007
In the Kitchen Pt. 3
Line up my fellow blog readers, In the Kitchen with your host Genevieve is back for another segment!! This time we are focusing on the fruits of summer, which in a few weeks will no longer be at their prime "tastiness!" This recipe is simple, easy to clean up, and of course ohh so delicious!! You can substitute the fruits I used for the ones that you prefer such as strawberries, cherries, raspberries, etc, etc. I just chose to use what I always have in the fruit bowl and refrigerator. Whenever you come into my kitchen, you will see a beautiful glass fruit bowl overflowing with plums, juicy peaches, sweet nectarines, and crunchy apples. Not to forget about the fridge, as soon as you feel that cool blast as you open the door, you are greeted with all sorts of fresh berries, awaiting to be used in a delicious summer dish!
That is why, today my friends, I decided to use up some of this fruit including plums, peaches, nectarines, and blueberries, to create a simple Summer Crostata!! I followed no exact recipe, but I will share the steps with you so you as well can enjoy this tasty dish!! Start with fruits of your choice, in this case plums, nectarines, peaches and blueberries. Make sure you rinse them all off, and cut them into small slices (exclude berries.) In a bowl, mix fruit along with 1/4 cup of sugar. (* Please note, many crostata recipes call for more sugar, but I think that the juices from the fruit act just as well!) I also add a little dusting of flour to help thicken the juice that will be released as the fruit heats up. Now I know the next step is not very "Martha-esque" but since we all don’t have the time to whip up some homemade pie crust, I must admit I.... I used a pre-made crust!! That is what makes this dish soo easy, of course along with the cleanup as well!! Next, butter your cookie tray or pie plate, place the crust down and pile on the fruity goodness!! Pleat the crust into standard crostata form and place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until fruit is bubbling, and crust is golden brown! I am soo excited to try this dish, since as I type this, it is still cookin’ away in the oven. As soon as it's done, I'll take a picture of it and load them up!! Well, that’s all for today, hope you ladies enjoy the recipe and pictures, and I hope you find the time to make one for your family!!