Strawberry Crostata. Now I Can Die Happy.

Strawberry Crostata. Now I Can Die Happy.  recipe

The other day I was browsing Foodgawker trying to decide what to make for Father’s Day dinner and I came across a gorgeous picture for a Strawberry Crostata and knew that I had found my dessert. I don’t make a lot of fruit desserts or pies, so I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this, but I needn’t have worried. This turned out delicious and nobody even knew that I used a store bought pie crust. Until now. Darn it.

Let’s make this, shall we?

Strawberry Crostata. Now I Can Die Happy.  recipe

First things first, hull and slice 1 1/2 pounds of ripe, juicy strawberries. Sprinkle them with two tablespoons of sugar (or a bit more if your berries are very tart) and try your best not to eat them all. I had to slap myself on the hand a few times. I love strawberries sprinkled with sugar.

Grab 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and mix it up with 2 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla.

Now, either make a pie crust or buy it in a box at the grocery store. Pillsbury makes a mean pie crust, if you’re feeling intimidated or lazy.

Lay your pie crust flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using an off-set spatula, spread the cream cheese mixture all over the pie crust leaving a one inch border around the edges.

Pile your strawberries on top.

Strawberry Crostata. Now I Can Die Happy.  recipe

You’ll have quite a pile of berries, but they’ll bake down. Don’t be afraid.

Work your way around the crust and fold the edges over about every inch or so. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

 

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. The crust should be a gorgeous light golden color, the strawberries should cook down, and the juices should be oozing.

Excuse me, I think I need to go eat another piece of this right now.

Strawberry Crostata. Now I Can Die Happy.

Strawberry Crostata. Now I Can Die Happy.  recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, for sprinkling (or more, to taste)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 pie crust, store bough or homemade

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Hull and slice strawberries. Sprinkle with sugar and set aside.
  2. Mix together cream cheese, flour, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper and place the pie crust on the parchment paper. Using an off-set spatula, spread the cream cheese mixture on the pie crust leaving a one inch border around the edge. Pile the strawberries on top of the cream cheese mixture. Work your way around the pie crust folding the edges up every one inch or so.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool and serve at room temperature or slightly warm.
http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2009/06/22/strawberry-crostada-now-i-can-die-happy/
Strawberry Crostata. Now I Can Die Happy.  recipe

Adapted from Salt and Chocolate

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45 Responses to “Strawberry Crostata. Now I Can Die Happy.”

  1. Jill June 22, 2009 @ 7:58 pm (#
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    I think I need to make this for my Girly Night on Friday. And I think you need to bring some ingredients and cook for me in Chicago!

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  2. jules June 23, 2009 @ 1:27 am (#
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    this looks unbelievable! i might have to change plans and make this tomorrow. great pics.

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  3. HaB June 23, 2009 @ 6:29 am (#
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    Yum!

    I use store bought pie crust all the time and pass it off as my own. I might just have to make this tonight…..

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  4. Melissa June 23, 2009 @ 11:10 am (#
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    This definitely does look like the perfect summer dessert…so scrumptious and schweet! :)

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  5. Amber June 25, 2009 @ 8:03 am (#
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    This looks GORGEOUS. It may just have to go on our July barbecue menu. And super easy too!

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  6. Sophie June 26, 2009 @ 10:47 am (#
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    ooooh Karly, this dessert looks georgous! What a divine strawberry crostata!! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…!!!!

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  7. Simone (junglefrog) June 27, 2009 @ 10:13 am (#
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    This looks absolutely gorgeous. I totally love strawberries in everything and anything (well within reason ofcourse..) Didn’t you have a problem with a lot of the juice of the strawberries oozing out and making the crust soggy? I only tried baking strawberries once but wasn’t too happy with the oozing they did all over the place…

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  8. Karly June 27, 2009 @ 10:33 am (#
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    Simone:

    The crust on bottom was a bit soggy, but it wasn’t bad. The outside edges didn’t get soggy at all. And you could probably add a few tablespoons of flour or cornstarch or maybe even tapioca pudding mix to the strawberries when you’re mixing them with the sugar if you’re worried about it. I use tapioca pudding in my raspberry pie and it makes for a nice thick pie that’s not too oozy and runny. :)

    Karly

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  9. Keatra June 28, 2009 @ 9:07 am (#
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    Made this last night for myself and a friend…making two more tonight for a family dinner. I would recommend serving warm with vanilla ice cream, so delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

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  10. Erica from Cooking for Seven July 1, 2009 @ 11:35 am (#
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    Oooh, that sounds delicious! We’re just now getting some strawberries from our strawberry patch, and I seriously need some recipes other than strawberry shortcake.

    This sounds divine. Cream cheese on the bottom? YUM!

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  11. Kay July 1, 2009 @ 4:10 pm (#
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    This makes me want to cry! I am so addicted to strawberies, but haven’t had them in forever. My little guy is so allergic to them that 1 strawberry puts us straight into the emergency room. I’m even afraid to keep them in the fridge for fear he’ll eat one… and then I see this.

    It looks to die for.

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  12. HaB July 6, 2009 @ 7:34 am (#
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    I tried this last week as a quick dessert for dinner. IT WAS AWESOME!!! The only problem I had, was that my crust never really got crisp (I love a crisp crust) or brown for that matter. Maybe it was my crust? I just used store bought.

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  13. Michelle Smiles July 10, 2009 @ 10:49 pm (#
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    That looks amazing.

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  14. Kristen July 16, 2009 @ 3:35 pm (#
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    Love it! What’s the difference between a Crostada and a Galette…do you know?

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  15. IHD November 10, 2009 @ 2:41 am (#
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    When are you crazy yanks going to realise that pounds aren’t a real measure of weight :-)

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  16. pellia December 6, 2009 @ 5:55 pm (#
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  17. Brittany December 24, 2009 @ 2:17 pm (#
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    Pellia- I LOVE Let Me Google That For You! Made my day :)

    This looks amazing. I might actually have to try my hand at baking for this one (I like cooking, but I’m not much of a baker).

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  18. The Purple Foodie December 25, 2009 @ 4:05 am (#
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    This looks so, so good! Strawberry season has just arrived and I can’t wait to try a lot of strawberry desserts!

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  19. EdaBy February 16, 2010 @ 4:49 am (#
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    Beautifully and apparently tasty. Thank you.

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  20. Jennifer April 10, 2010 @ 6:01 pm (#
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    This was soo good, Karly. I was wishing I had some chocolate to drizzle on top, I think I will try that next time. :)

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  21. Millenion May 9, 2010 @ 4:34 am (#
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    looks like a strawberry pizza. looks great thanks for the recipe!

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  22. Laure May 10, 2010 @ 5:34 am (#
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    If you’re going to write about food you should at least know how to spell “dessert” correctly! :o)

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  23. Karly May 10, 2010 @ 9:15 am (#
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    Laure,

    Haha! Thank you! I corrected it. Would you believe that I had an entire category devoted to “deserts” at one point? I about died when I noticed that. Whoops!

    Karly

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  24. Sherry May 11, 2010 @ 10:54 pm (#
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    This recipe rocks I can’t bake. i love the fact you use store bought crust. so easy but elegant.

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  25. syd May 20, 2010 @ 11:08 pm (#
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    Looks great! I believe the correct spelling is crostaTa. :) I think you’re getting confused with tostada. !!

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  26. Mom's Menu Planner May 22, 2010 @ 10:54 am (#
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    Wow! This looks absolutely decadent! I just might try this tonight :)

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  27. Joe May 27, 2010 @ 6:16 pm (#
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    I just made this dessert and I seriously couldn’t stop eating it. Simply fantastic.

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  28. Katherine June 21, 2010 @ 11:28 am (#
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    The bottom crust part doesn’t get all soft or mushy…does it?

    ps: your pictures look perfect!!

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  29. Melissa July 30, 2010 @ 8:53 am (#
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    I made this over the weekend and it turned out to be a total disaster! :( The crust was goopy on the bottom and strawberry juice was oozing out everywhere.

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  30. bridget August 29, 2010 @ 8:10 pm (#
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    I made this tonight for dinner with my parents and it turned out ok. The crust was fine, but there was a large amount of juice that leaked out when I took it out of the oven. I think it needs something to thicken the juices (tapioca or cornstarch) and a little more flavor. Will make again but will tweak. Thanks for the recipe!

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  31. Sam Gallen October 12, 2010 @ 1:40 pm (#
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    Looks delicious! Ill try it very soon!

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  32. Andrew Bala January 29, 2011 @ 2:00 pm (#
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    This is really a definitely great examine for me, Should admit that you’re one of the best bloggers I ever noticed.Thanks for posting this informative write-up.

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  33. Pixelbot March 14, 2011 @ 11:28 am (#
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    I lovee it

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  34. Kaitlin May 21, 2011 @ 6:57 pm (#
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    Just made this as a dry run for father’s day. I kinda bummed didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. The juices ran everywhere and the crust didn’t turn golden brown. I think next time I would just leave the pie crust as it comes out of the box and not do the sides myself. I made your Good ol’ homemade brownies and they were such a hit with my family.
    Thanks for inspiring me to bake!

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  35. Stefani July 20, 2011 @ 7:44 pm (#
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    This looks so good right now!

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  36. miranda May 1, 2012 @ 10:39 am (#
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    I think this may have changed my life…so amazing!

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  37. cindy September 25, 2012 @ 8:07 pm (#
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    I can’t believe everyone is correcting your spelling, for gods sake did you see those pics of that delicious Strawberry crostata, oh did I spell that right, it’s not even in my spell check. I love strawberries and I wish I could be eating that right now. You are amazing!

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  38. Missy53186 June 18, 2013 @ 7:40 am (#
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    This looked amazing when I found it on Stumble! I bookmarked it straight away and bought the ingredients the same afternoon. I’m going to be making it in the next couple of hours but I am attempting to make it gluten free so here is hoping. I can’t use pre-made pie crust but I can use pre-made puff pastry (not sure why they have one but not the other *shrug) so I’m gonna try that and see what happens. Looks amazing though and I LOVE any fruit mixed with cream cheese! Thank you!

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