A long time ago I watched a Semi-Homemade show where Sandra Lee made a really simple crostata. Actually, I remember thinking, "Hmmm... that's like a cheater crostata." Or as Matt calls it, a "pie pizza." Either way, it's ridiculously easy and yummy. And NOT helping my diet.
All you need is:
Refrigerated roll-up pie crust
A really yummy jam/jelly
Fresh fruit, your choice
Roll out the pie crust (on parchment or wax paper) and smear a thin layer of jam around it. Be careful that it's a fairly thin layer, think dessert pizza. I had WAY too much jelly on this first try, it was way too 'full.' Then add little dollops of ricotta cheese in the middle.
Fold over the edges, brushing them with a little bit of butter and egg white. I cut up some grapes (since I used grape jam) and pressed them into the crust. Bake at 375 for 20 to 30 minutes depending on how crispy you prefer your desserts.
I'd also like to give a big shout out to my lovely sister-in-law Melissa who took those pictures of me in the last post. She's been all over the world and has some fantastic photos to prove it, I think she'd make a fabulous professional photographer. And thanks to everyone who commented on the last post. I read every one, it was fascinating to hear so many different stories and points of view. I guess having children/not having children is truly a universal experience for all women, no matter where they are in the world. I didn't realize I'd touch such a big nerve by addressing what it meant in my own life. Thanks again for the encouragement, reassurance and jokes. It made for some great reading this weekend!
Afterward, let cool for a few minutes and then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Which I forgot to do in these pictures. Rats. I've made this a few more times and have a 'system' now that makes it a little more pulled-together looking. But either way, this makes a yummy dessert or a great breakfast pastry.