Tuesday, October 29, 2013
TWD: Baking with Julia - Raspberry-Fig Crostata
By the way, as a side note, do you recall the choose-your-own-adventure books from when you were a kid? I LOVED those things. I would read them again and again, trying to figure out every permutation of choices to get to the different endings. I will have to find some of those books for the clever girl... Don't you wish life could be more like a choose-your-own-adventure book sometimes? In that if you start down one path and you don't like the consequences, you could say "re-do", jump back a few pages/days/months and make a different choice? Sometimes we actually can to that, but many times, once a choice is made we just have to deal with the developments that come. Sort of like that movie "Sliding Doors" with Gwyneth Paltrow from the late 1990s. Have you seen it? I loved that movie. Still do, when it comes down to it!
Anyway, on to the recipe! This crostata, aka TART or PIE has a sesame-almond dough for the crust. It is sort of like a shortbread cookie in texture, thus is a bit more crunchy than I am used to for a crust. It was also quite sticky and kind of a pain, however at the same time it was very forgiving, for when it broke (which it did often) I could just press it back together and keep on moving! I did not make a true lattice top for my crostata, as that was just too much work with such a tricky dough. I just criss-crossed the strips and decided it looked wonderful as it was!
The filling is what really speaks for this crostata. It is made of fresh figs, fresh raspberries, sugar, lemon zest, flour and butter. Can you go wrong with that? I think not. It was delicious! I served the crostata with a dallop of almond whipped cream. YUM.
So here is to those days where you really can choose-your-own-adventure and have re-dos if you want, and to those other days when you have to go with the flow and follow where your choices might lead. I hope the choices you make this week end with some successful baking and a tasty dessert! You deserve it!
The recipe for the Raspberry-Fig Crostata can be found here, and the Sesame-Almond Dough can be found here.