As you've probably noticed, desserts haven't been my primary focus on my journey learning to cook. Well, that changed when I watched an episode of "Everyday Italian" with Giada. I saw her prepare a dessert that seemed relatively easy and had the ability to be modified for a healthier twist. I found the original version to be quite tart - I mean very tart! So, I have included my suggestions for a sweeter, less tangy dessert. If you prefer desserts with a twist, you might enjoy the original, which I've included. As always my changes and thoughts are in parentheses.
*1 1/2 cups flour
*2 tablespoons sugar (or, in my case, splenda!)
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*10 tablespoons unsalted chilled butter, cubed
*3 tablespoons cold (iced!) water
*2 packages frozen mixed berries (I used 1 mixed berries and 1 strawberries because I love strawberries!)
*2 tablespoons sugar (or splenda!)
*1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
*Place flour in food processor (blender or mixer would probably work fine) with 2 tablespoons sugar (splenda). Add zest of 1 whole lemon (less if you don't like a lemon flavor to your desserts). Add 1/4 teaspoons salt. Pulse mixture.
*Add 10 tablespoons chilled butter (remember, cut into cubes). Pulse until course. Add 3 tablespoons cold water. Pulse again.
*Flour a cutting board and roll dough into into a ball (the extra flour is important to solidify it). Wrap in plastic and chill in fridge for 1 hour.
*Combine thawed, (previously) frozen mixed berries with 2 tablespoons sugar (or splenda - - three tablespoons for sweeter, less tart filling). Squeeze juice from lemon you zested (half the lemon for a sweeter filling) into mix. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch. Mix well (I used a spatula).
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
*Flour board (again) and rolling pin. Roll dough for crust into a 14-inch circle (or whatever will cover/fit your baking dish).
*Pour filling into a baking dish and cover with the dough. Tuck edges of dough inside (if larger than baking dish). Bake for 40 minutes. Enjoy!
|My dough out of the food processor (mini one for less than $50 at Bed, Bath and Beyond). Not what I expected, but after rolling it in the flour...|
|...hello perfectly round dough!|
|After rolling the dough out|
|Filling in my one-and-only casserole/baking dish. (Note to self: invest in a couple more dishes in varying sizes)|
|Completed crostada before going in the oven.|
|Fresh out of the oven...looks yummy!|
|Hot, tasty, not-too-unhealthy dish. :)|