Apple Crostata with Cranberries and Mascarpone (The Variation)

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Apple Crostata with Cranberries and Mascarpone (The Variation)

A crostata is a rustic Italian tart. This delicious apple variation is best served with sweetened whipped cream or ice cream.

Total Time: 30
Yield: 8 servings


  • 1/2 recipe Perfect Apple Pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • Rind of 1/2 medium orange, finely grated
  • 1/2 recipe Tender Flaky Piecrust
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 large egg, beaten well
  • 2 tablespoons coarse or regular granulated sugar for topping


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Set apples in one bowl and sugar mixture in another; add flour to sugar mixture. Place mascarpone cheese in a third mixing bowl; stir in the grated orange rind and mix well.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a circle approximately 1/8 inch thick. Place dough on a nonstick cookie sheet, or line a regular cookie sheet with parchment paper. Neatly layer half the apple slices on the surface of the dough, leaving a 1-1/2 to 2-inch border all around. Sprinkle all the cranberries over the apples. Sprinkle half the sugar-and-spice mixture over this, then dot with teaspoon-sized dollops of the mascarpone mixture. Top with remaining apple slices and sprinkle with remaining sugar-and-spice mixture.

Fold sides of dough up and over the edge of the filling. Brush dough with egg, and sprinkle dough and filling with 2 tablespoons sugar. Place an additional baking sheet underneath to catch any drips. Bake 10 minutes; lower oven temperature to 375 degrees F and bake 20 minutes longer. Remove from oven when golden brown; cool 20 minutes.


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