Free-form tarts (sometimes called crostatas) are an easy, quick-to-prepare way to use up seasonal fruit.
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1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup ice water
5 peaches (2 pounds)—halved, pitted and sliced 1/2 inch thick
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons turbinado or other coarse sugar
How to Make It
In a food processor, pulse 1 1/2 cups of the flour with the granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until blended. Add the butter and pulse until it is the size of peas. Add the water and pulse until the dough is evenly moistened. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and pat it into a disk. Cover the disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425°. In a medium bowl, toss the peaches with the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 12-inch round. Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Mound the peaches with their juices in the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border all around. Fold the edge of the dough up and over the peaches. Refrigerate the tart until chilled, about 30 minutes.
Brush the dough with the cream and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. Bake for about 50 minutes, until the crust is golden and the peaches are bubbling. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
The tart can be baked up to 6 hours in advance. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Review Body: This is not a review but more of a question to Food & Wine. I recently was trying to make a crostata with an Italian friend and I looked at this recipe. The comment was that in Italy they do not use fruit, it is more a jam. Do you know if having fruit is more of another style of crostata? or other?