As we ease into June, I find myself more than ready for summer – ready for a slower pace, for breezy mornings spent picking pounds of blueberries and transforming them into a blissful blueberry crostata. Flaky pastry envelops bursting blueberries in this free-form pie, so simple and so scrumptious.

Blueberry Crostata | Tutti Dolci

If you live for pie, then the crostata is a must – it’s arguably the best way to showcase summer fruit without all the fuss of pie. As much as you’ll be tempted to dig into this crostata as soon as it emerges bubbling from the oven, let it cool a bit. And if you decide to top each wedge with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, I won’t stand in your way!

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Blueberry Crostata

  • Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1-2 Tbsp vodka

Streusel Topping

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of allspice
  • 1/3 cup nuts, chopped (I used hazelnuts and pecans)
  • 1 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed

Filling

  • 1/4 cup blueberry preserves
  • 2 cups blueberries

Assembly

  • 1 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Grate 1/4 cup butter into a small bowl; cut remaining 1/4 cup butter into small cubes and place in a second bowl; chill bowls in freezer for 15 minutes. Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl; place bowl in freezer to chill for 15 minutes. Chill buttermilk and vodka in freezer for 15 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle cubed butter over chilled flour mixture and toss with a spatula to coat. Use a pastry blender to cut in butter until the biggest pieces are the size of peas; fold in grated butter. Drizzle buttermilk over flour mixture; use a spatula to gather dough together until it forms large clumps. If needed, add vodka 1 tablespoon at a time, then gently knead just to form a ball. Wrap dough in plastic and flatten slightly to form a disc. Chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days, or place in a freezer bag and freeze 1 to 2 months).
  3. For the streusel, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, and nuts in a medium bowl; add cubed butter and toss with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Chill until ready to use.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place dough on a floured board and dust dough with flour. Roll out dough (roll dough in one direction, then lift up dough and rotate a quarter turn and roll, then repeat) until dough is a 12-inch circle. If dough starts to stick, use a bench scraper to lift dough from board. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet; chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400Β°F.
  5. Place jam in a small bowl and microwave briefly (about 10 seconds); whisk to loosen. Brush jam over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Top with blueberries and sprinkle with crumb topping. Fold dough border up over blueberries, pleating to make an edge; brush with milk. Bake for 25 to 26 minutes, until crust is golden and fruit is tender. Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 240
  • Carbohydrates: 28

19 comments

  1. This looks amazing! Do you think this would work with frozen blueberries too, or should I stick with fresh?

    1. Thanks Denise! πŸ™‚ I would stick with fresh blueberries as frozen will release a lot more liquid while cooking.

  2. That crust looks so darn flaky!! Oh my gosh!! Also, I just made blueberry pie today, but COULD SO get up am make this tomorrow. Looks amazing!

  3. I am so ready for the slower pace of summer!!! one more week left of school for my kids! We start later so end the school year later. . love love love this crostata. . love freeform anything. gorgeous!!!!!

  4. What a perfect pie crust! Bill is the blueberry pie lover and I don’t know why I’ve never made him a blueberry crostata—yours with the streusel topping looks divine!!!

  5. Crostatas are totally my friend, since pies and crimping and I are still learning to get along πŸ˜‰ I just love this, Laura. It’s hard to stop loving the wonderful blueberries right now.

  6. Crostatas are the best! Way easier than pie, and just superior all around. I love streusel on anything and never thought to add it to a crostata – genius, and so stunning! Also can’t get enough blueberries right now.

  7. Looks wonderful. I have many berries (I have a small berry patch), so I will definitely try this. What is the purpose of the vodka in the recipe?

    1. Hi Vickie, the vodka helps the crust come together but evaporates during baking, leaving you with a nice flaky pastry. Hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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