A Simple Summer Raspberry Crostata

24 June 2014

One of my favorite parts of the summer is berry season.  Something about the soft, sweet flavor really brings me to a place of happy childhood summertime bliss.   Our yard has a small raspberry bush in the back and I always look forward to the perfect moment to harvest the sweet vibrant ruby red gems from it.  This year, I decided to make a beautiful and simple rustic summer crostata with my harvest.

The favor of the berries are still really bold and fresh and this dessert could not be easier to whip together.  This is the kind of recipe that just feels like home to me.

Summer Raspberry Crostata

Crust: (you could also sub with store bought for even quicker prep)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or shortening, chilled
3 tablespoons ice water

Mix the flour and salt together in a medium size bowl.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together. Gently gather dough particles together into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling.

2 cups fresh raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 egg white for brushing

Preheat a 400 degree oven.
Mix the raspberries, sugar, and cornstarch.  Be gentle with your mixing to keep some of the berries whole.
Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. Roll the dough to a 12 circle or rectangle.Fill the center with a layer of raspberry, leaving a 2" boarder around the edge.
Fold the boarder  crust over the berries and pleat the edges along the way.
Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.   If you have left over pieces of crust, you can cut them into shapes with a cookie cutter and use the egg white between layers to adhere them.
Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.

What is your favorite berry recipe?

Summer Bucketlist!

20 June 2014

It's officially summer and I am so excited for adventures and bare feet in the grass.

I've been a little MIA on the blog lately because I took a wonderful new job as an operations manager for a technology company and I've been pretty distracted getting my feet wet and learning the ins and outs of my new role.  So far, I am really loving it and it feels like I could really find my place here.

So far, summer has been busy!  I took a week long trip to NYC to train for my new job, I was a bridesmaid in a lovely wedding, and I've been just enjoying the company of my amazing friends as often as I can.

Here's a list of some things I am really looking froward to over the next few months to really take in all that summer has to offer...

+make lots of meals from garden produce
+attend a brewfest
+swim in the sandy river
+watch fireworks on the beach
+see crater lake
+preserve strawberries
+learn to make fruit wine
+make rose jelly
+have a tomato canning party with friends
+visit Sauvies Island
+go on a picnic

What did I miss?  What is on your summer bucket list?
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