Well now. A lattice tart for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie (Raspberry-Fig Crostata, page 374)? A pastry made with almond flour and sesame seeds? Both sounded a little challenging considering I haven’t baked (well, properly baked following a recipe) for a while now. But I just put on my pastry head, channelled my inner Kate Hill and got on with it. If you don’t fear the pastry, you’ll be fine!
In fact, even though this dough was ridiculously sticky and tacky, it was pretty forgiving (as in, when it broke, I was able to patch it together pretty well) and at the end of the day, it made me realise that I should make lattice tarts/ pies more often. I don’t like a two-crust pie too much (unless it’s an Australian meat pie) so the lattice does a nice job of being “in between” a pie and a galette.
And yes it does bother my OCD tendancies that the lattice is not evenly braided (or latticed?). Not sure how it got “out of order” because I was methodical laying the pastry strips over each other but it looks all wrong looking at it now. I need a lattice pie making tutorial!
The filling of this tart was incredible – raspberry and white figs cooked down to basically a very thick jam/ compote. I could have just eaten this on icecream.
My crostata was a little soft and fall-aparty on the day I made it so I stopped cutting into it until it had spent a little while in the fridge. The next day it was even easier to cut and did well re-heated in the microwave for 30 seconds or so…
My crust wasn’t super even across the base and was a little thick in some places around the very edges (where I had to patch it I guess) but it was not bad for a first go…
Will I be making this again? You bet – with all sorts of different pastry too.
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