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Apple Crostata

Yield 9 servings (serving size: 1 piece crostata and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar)
Put an Italian twist on an American cobbler by adding polenta to the topping. You may want to place a baking sheet underneath the crostata to catch any juices that bubble over the topping.

Ingredients

  • Topping:
  • 3/4 cup pastry or all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole grain yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons egg substitute
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups cubed Granny Smith apple (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 311
  • caloriesfromfat 16 %
  • fat 5.4 g
  • satfat 3.6 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 2.3 g
  • carbohydrate 62.5 g
  • fiber 2.6 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 216 mg
  • calcium 45 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare topping, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through dash of salt) in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add butter; pulse 6 times or until mixture resembles sand.

  2. Place flour mixture in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Add egg substitute to flour mixture; stir until well blended.

  3. Preheat oven to 375°.

  4. To prepare filling, combine raisins and brandy in a large bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Drain; discard liquid. Return raisins to bowl. Add 2/3 cup granulated sugar and next 6 ingredients (2/3 cup granulated sugar through pepper) to raisins; toss well. Combine apple and juice in a small bowl. Add to raisin mixture; toss to combine.

  5. Spoon apple mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle topping evenly over apple mixture. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until topping is crisp and golden brown. Serve warm with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.