Apple Crostata

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.

Yield: 9 servings (serving size: 1 piece crostata and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 311
  • Calories from fat: 16%
  • Fat: 5.4g
  • Saturated fat: 3.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 2.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 62.5g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 216mg
  • Calcium: 45mg


  • 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


  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.
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