This copycat Apple Crostata Recipe tastes just like Olive Garden’s crostata with flaky layers of crust, apples and luscious topping. Serve warm and add vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle for a decadent treat. 

Apple Crostata  on a plate topped with ice cream.
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Fall makes me want to make Easy Apple Desserts and this flaky Apple Crostata Recipe is a hit with my family. If you enjoyed this dessert at Olive Garden, learn how to make it at home for a fraction of the price anytime you get the craving. Another Olive Garden dessert we love is Chocolate Brownie Lasagna.

It sounds so fancy, but it is super easy. Your family and friends will be so impressed how simple and beautiful it is. You might also want to try Apple dumplings and Apple Pie Tacos.

What does Crostata mean?

Crostata means fruit tart and typically it is open faced or with a lattice top. Crostata is a Italian term for rustic tart. I have always thought tarts looked so fancy but they are simple to make.

You will love this crostata recipe. It is made with simple ingredients and wrapped in a crust and delicious with caramel sauce.

What is the Difference between a Crostata and a Pie?

The main difference of a crostata and a pie is how it is baked. A pie is baked in a pie shell giving the pie structure. A crostata is baked on a baking sheet.

Ingredients for recipe - apples, butter, flour, spices, sugar.

Ingredients

Crust

  • Unsalted Butter. Cold and cut into cubes

Filling

  • Apples – peeled, cored and sliced or chopped

We also like to have caramel sauce for topping. No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream is also great.

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How to Make Apple Crostata

Bowl with crust ingredients.

Step 1. First, make the crust. It is very simple. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt.

Crust ingredients in a food processor.

Step 2. Place into a food processor.

Butter cut into food processor.

Step 3. Next, cut butter into the flour mixture until well combined. It will mix into large crumbles using a pastry blender, fork or food processor. We prefer to use a food processor, but you can use what you have or prefer. 

Water added to form dough mixture in food processor.

Step 4. Add ice water a little at time until dough is moistened and comes together in a ball. Roll dough on floured surface with rolling pin to about 12 inches round.

Apples in bowl sliced and ready.

Step 5. In a large bowl, add sliced apples.

Apples in bowl with sugar.

Step 6. Sprinkle with sugar and flour and toss to coat.

Apples in bowl with apple pie spice.

Step 7. Sprinkle with apple pie spice and toss to coat.

Apples on pie crust.

Step 8. Pile the apples in the center of the crust.

Dough folded around apples.

Step 9. Fold edges of pie crust dough over apple mixture, crimping the edges slightly,

Dough baked and cooling.

Step 10. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.

FAQs

Can Apple Crostata be made ahead of time?

If you prefer to make your apple crostata ahead of time, you can with these easy recommendations.

Simple prepare the pie crust and apple filling and keep them separate. Then on baking day, roll the dough and place the filling into the dough. Then fold the edges around the dough and bake.

Serve Apple Crostata warm with ice cream.

What to Serve with Apple Crostata?

This apple crostata is delicious with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

It is even delicious served with whipped cream.

How to store?

Apple Crostata can be stored at room temperature covered in plastic wrap. This Apple crostata will last about 4 to 5 days.

Can you Freeze a Crostata?

This apple crostata can easily be frozen unbaked or baked. If freezing unbaked or baked place the prepared crostata on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and place in the freeze. Allow it to freeze solid and then store in a freezer bag.

When you are ready to enjoy, thaw the baked crostata and then reheat. If the crostata has not been baked then you can cook the crostata even if frozen. It may just take longer to cook.

Pastry baked and ready to serve.

Expert Tips

  • Apple Peeler – If you love baking with apples and making these recipes, you might want to invest in an apple peeler. From apple sauce to apple dumplings and this new recipe for apple crostata, it will get a lot of use.
  • Save Time Peeling Apples – You can peel apples in half the time with an apple peeler. If you make several apple recipes, this is a nice time saver.  
  • Butter – Make sure butter is cold and diced before mixing into flour mixture. The mixture will be in crumbles after mixing in the butter.
  • Water – Add in the ice water into the dough until it moistens and the dough forms into a ball.
  • Flatten Dough – Roll dough on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin. To fit the apple filling make sure the dough rolls into a 12 inch circle.
  • Handling the Dough – To allow the dough to be flaky, we recommend handling the dough as little as possible.
  • Chill Dough – After combining ingredients, you can chill the dough for 30 minutes if you prefer.

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Apple Crostata

5 from 8 votes
This Apple Crostata recipe tastes just like Olive Garden's crostata with flaky layers of crust and apples. Add vanilla ice cream and caramel!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 350

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons ice water
  • Filling:
  • 4 cups 4 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced or chopped
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons apple pie spice **see notes
  • Serving:
  • Caramel – homemade or store bought optional
  • Vanilla Ice Cream optional

Instructions

  • Crust:
  • Preheat oven at 375 degrees F
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt
  • Cut butter into flour mixture until well combined into large crumbles using a pastry blender, fork or food processor
  • Add ice water a little at time until dough is moistened and comes together in a ball
  • Form into ball and flatten to round disk
  • Roll dough on floured surface with rolling pin to about 12 inches round
  • Filling:
  • In a large bowl, add sliced apples
  • Sprinkle with sugar and flour and toss to coat
  • Sprinkle with apple pie spice and toss to coat
  • Pile apples in the center of the crust
  • Fold edges of dough over apple mixture, crimping the edges slightly
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes
  • Serve warm or room temperature with your favorite toppings

Recipe Notes

Apple Pie Spice – you can substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon allspice.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 350kcal, Carbohydrates 51g, Protein 3g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 10g, Cholesterol 41mg, Sodium 234mg, Potassium 111mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 29g, Vitamin A 518IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 16mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I was given a ton of apples this Fall and thought of this crostata, I have seen them in the grocery store and thought I can do this. This recipe was perfect and the flavor was amazing and I did not have to pay $14.00 for mine. I will make this again and again.