Apple Walnut Crostata

Apple Walnut Crostata

This crostata is a rustic version of apple pie with crunchy California walnuts. The free form crust is easy to make and form, and the apple-walnut filling is sweet and flavorful. This is wonderful served with vanilla or dulce de leche ice cream.


For the Crust:

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped California walnuts
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the Filling:

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped California walnuts
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins

For the Sprinkling on Top:

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Coat two 12-inch x14-inch pieces of parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Combine flour, walnuts, salt and nutmeg in food processor. Whirl until walnuts are finely ground. Drizzle oil and milk over flour mixture. Pulse until dough is evenly moistened. Gather dough into a ball.
  4. Place dough between the two pieces of sprayed parchment paper and place on a slightly damp work surface. Roll dough to a 12-inch circle. Remove top sheet of parchment; lift dough with bottom sheet and place on baking sheet. (NOTE: You will bake the crostata on the parchment paper.)
  5. Mix apple filling ingredients in a medium bowl. Mound apples in center of dough, leaving a 2-inch border. With a small paring knife, cut 2-inch slits in the dough every 1-2 inches. Carefully lift each flap of dough, folding and pressing around the apple filling. NOTE: The flaps will overlap slightly, and the center will not be covered.
  6. Sprinkle granulated sugar over crostata. Bake 30-35 minutes until crust is golden brown and filling is slightly bubbly.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.