Easy Apple Crostata

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Easy Apple Crostata-great taste of an apple pie without all the fuss

Easy Apple Crostata-great taste of an apple pie without all the fuss

As your reading this post. I want you to take some time to look at the photos.

I don’t make many pies. It’s not that I don’t love pie. I adore pie. I have some amazing recipes for pies. Tried and true. From my Grandma, from church ladies.  I promise one day to share the most fabulous, blow your mind, want to just grab a fork and eat the entire pie yourself, Apple Pie.

Yup, it really is that good. And yup, I may have just passed out forks and we all ate straight out of the pie plate. That good.

Easy Apple Crostata-great taste of an apple pie without all the fuss

This is not that pie. This is a Crostata, a cousin of pie.

I know I’ve mentioned before that I have trouble making a pretty crust on pie.  It’s a patience thing. Same with frosting a pretty layer cake. I just want to slap it on there and be done.

That might be why I’m such a fan of the Crostata.

Easy Apple Crostata-great taste of an apple pie without all the fuss

No pretty crust required…or expected. It’s Rustic. Simple to make, just a few ingredients, toss it in the crust then fold the sides over. It’s little dryer than a traditional pie but so, so good.

And have you been paying attention to the pictures?  I know I’m partial but yeah, it looks pretty good. Like I slaved folding the crust then the quick egg wash and the decorator sugar sprinkled precisely where I wanted it to go. haha, yeah, you can laugh. You know it took me less than 30 seconds to do all that.

You can take the time and arrange your apple slices into a pretty pattern but again, look at the photos. The “dumped everything in the middle” look is lookin’ pretty good.

Easy Apple Crostata-great taste of an apple pie without all the fuss

Once you start making crostatas, you may never make another traditional pie.

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Easy Apple Crostata


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust ( I used Pillsbury)
  • 3-4 medium granny smith apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • decorator sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll pie crust on to center of parchment paper and inspect, making sure to mend any cracks or holes.
  3. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Peel and thinly slice apples, toss apples with sugar mixture to evenly coat all slices.
  4. Spoon apple slices into center of pie crust. Fold over edges of crust to desired width but enough that it will stay in place to hold filling.
  5. Brush with egg wash then sprinkle with decorator sugar.
  6. Lightly place a piece of foil over top of crostata, bake for 25-30 minutes, removing foil after 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit for 30 minutes before cutting.



Easy Apple Crostata-great taste of an apple pie without all the fuss

Plates and forks are completely optional, feel free to just pick up the slice with your hands and enjoy.

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Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Chocolate Lover ^.^ says:

    Oh my god, that looks soooooo good!! Yum! Bookmarked! 🙂

  2. I don’t really make pies either, but I can handle this. Sounds delicious!

  3. I can’t wait for that pie recipe! In the meantime, I’ll sit and drool over your crostata! I think it looks perfect! I’m too impatient to make crusts too!

  4. Color me all forms of happy. I wish had this whole crostata and was still drinking my morning coffee. The two would be sublime together. It does look amazing and like you placed every one of those sugar granules right were they needed to be. 🙂

  5. You had me at EASY!! This looks delicious and even I could make it – love Pillsbury.

  6. How many servings does this make? Can’t wait to try this. I have made a crostata before but not this easy!

  7. Beverly Costanza says:

    I made the apple crostini three hours ago, delicious! Except next time I will add tbsp of flour or cornstarch to the apples (the juice ran out a little on to the parchment paper. I also, after 15 min added chopped walnuts on top of the apples.

  8. Janet Chatary says:

    I made crostata several years ago & found that the juice ran out onto the baking sheet. The next time I prepared and baked it in a round quiche dish sprayed with cooking spray. The juice that seeped out was contained in the dish. Cooking time was about the same. So yummy & easy!

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