Monday, September 20, 2010

Peach Crostata with Homemade Puff Pastry Recipe

Peaches are still plentiful right now, and I love puff pastry with just about any kind of fruit, this is one of our favorites, the filling is simple....the pastry, little time consuming but well worth the trouble. I wanted to make something special in my brand new kitchen remodeled.
Trina got bored with me and didn't make it waiting for this dough to be ready to use in this recipe, so she slept through the whole thing... after a long cat nap she woke up and everything was all done, how nice to be a cat... she's my only girl, and gets away with doing nothing!

I had a few strawberries left over scraps of dough that will never go to waste, so it became a lone strawberry and cream cheese crostata.
The easiest part is the filling, not many ingredients and comes out perfect every time!
I like to prepare the peach filling just before we are ready to fill the crust at the end, wished sometimes I had a helping hand, but that cat Trina is so lazy!

Let's begin with the flaky puff pastry dough!

2 cups flour
16 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup ice cold water
pinch of salt

Mix 1/4 cup of flour with 14 tablespoons softened butter to make a smooth paste. Shape into a square approximately 1/2 inch thick. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. In another bowl mix the cold water, 2 tablespoons of butter, and the remaining 1 3/4 cup of flour and a pinch of salt. This will be an elastic, shiny dough. Knead for about one minute. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Refrigerating the dough makes this easier to roll the dough without breaking it. On a lightly floured board, roll out the shiny dough 1/4 inch thick. Place the butter dough square onto the shiny dough and wrap the ends of the shiny dough to enclose the butter dough in an envelope .Roll out the dough envelope to 1/4 inch thickness and fold in thirds like a business letter.
Roll again in the opposite direction and fold in thirds again. Refrigerate 30 minutes and repeat the process twice for a total of six times of folding in the process. This will be making many of hundreds buttery layers. Cooling the dough is very important step. After folding the dough the sixth time, refrigerate the dough once more, and then it will be ready for use for any recipe that requires puff pastry. Tip: The oven must be preheated to a high temperature, 400 or as high 450, when the dough is placed in the oven. If the oven is not hot, the butter will melt and the moisture will evaporate before steam can form to separate the layers. You will end up with a tough non-flaky crust and Crostata.
Peach or any other fruit filling:
4 peaches peeled and cubed...throw the pit away
2 heaping tablespoons of peach jam, apricot or pineapple ( depending on the type of fruit, use coordinating jam) use more if you like sweet
2 teaspoon of cornstarch or  wondra flour
1/2 teaspoon peach schnapps or (vanilla extract if you don't have any on hand)
optional pinch of cinnamon
 melted butter
Mix all together the flour will thicken this mixture perfectly
Roll out your dough 1/8 inch thick cutting the edges to make it round.
Pile the fruit in the middle, fold the edges towards the middle leaving the fruit center showing, but the dough tucked around it. Brush with butter.
Bake in a hot oven on 415 degrees or higher till browned nicely.
Note: For Cream Cheese and Fruit.... add 1/3 cup cream cheese 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla, beat all together, add to the bottom of the crust. Top crust with fruit and jam mixture from the above recipe.

24 comments:

Foodessa said...

So...your kitty Trina doesn't earn her keep...just as my puppy 'Sushi' does nothing too!!!
They are great company ;)

Your rustic crostata looks like I should put my pot of coffee on and get my fork ready ;0)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

Emily Malloy said...

Yum that looks divine!

PS. You should check out the giveaway results!

Smita Srivastava said...

Wonderful recipe n great clicks !!

- Smita
littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com
(fun ideas to feed picky eaters)

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Claudia,
Wonderful dessert treat, and the made from scratch puff dough looks great!

Bon appetit!
CCR
=:~)

Karen said...

Wow...homemade puff pastry! I always cheat with the store-bought.
Love the crostata...looks delicious!

Magic of Spice said...

The crostata looks amazing :)

Magic of Spice said...

P.S. I voted :)

Reeni said...

What a gorgeous crostata! With peaches that are so irresistible to me! I voted for you - wish you lots of luck!

Drick said...

this is great and just in time - was looking for just a crust...

Belinda @zomppa said...

Fresh peaches are to die...beautiful pastry. Of course you have my vote!

5 Star Foodie said...

A delicious and beautiful rustic crostata - wonderful with homemade puff pastry! Voted for you!

bunkycooks said...

That's a beautiful crostata! I wish we still had peaches, but they are all gone now. :( Cute cat!

Claudia said...

The dough is gorgeous (dough makes me sing). A cat in the kitchen should be required. And better that they don't help. Love the crostada - a little bit of summer and a little bit of fall. And you know I voted for you!

Angie's Recipes said...

I can easily tell Trina enjoys her life a lot! My husband always says that he wish he could sleep like a cat...any time, any position and anywhere.
Your crostata looks heavenly! Hermes, one of my Tomcats, would usually wait for the crumbs under the table. ;-))

Spicie Foodie said...

Oh I love peach crostata, yours is making me drool. Your cat is so adorable, how lucky for our little pets to nap and poof the goodies are done :) By the way your new kitchen is so beautiful.

Mother Rimmy said...

Homemade puff pastry? You are truly incredible! Lovely, lovely dessert!

redkathy said...

Oh the pastry sounds fab Claudia! I haven't gotten to the the pastry dough just yet. Looks like my 2010 vow will be extending into 2011. Gosh I love your desserts! Good luck with the contest, you have my vote all the way!

My Little Space said...

Claudia, thank you for your vote! You're being so supportive & encouraging. You know you will have my vote for this! I've voted you since the very first day. ^_^ Btw, I jsut can't stopped laughing at your cat. haha... My dog did the same thing when lazying around. And I have to say the crostata pastry looks absolutely luscious. My mouthwatering already!
Wishing you all the best and good luck, dear.
Best wishes, Kristy

Lauren said...

Wow home made puff pastry, I tried that once and I ended in such a mess I promised myself I'd never bother again!

But it did taste so much better, and your peach crostata looks amazing!

Tania said...

Great work Caludia, the result is amazing and the filling very
scrumtious!
Those cats are pretty!

JillyAn said...

This is lovely Claudia...the puff pastry makes my mouth water. BTW...I visited your PFB profile to drop of a vote. Best of luck! :)

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

I'm impressed that you made your own puff pastry - I always find frozen puff pastry such a temptation of laziness :P

This is just wonderful - I love the look of your crostata!

Dimitry said...

Love peaches I make this and it's great treat sprinkle some powder sugar the best way to finish dinner.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This looks so good!