Almond and Peach Crostata

For the Almond Paste

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup almond meal

1 tablespoon all purpose flour flour


In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter until creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the almond meal and flour and beat until it forms a smooth paste. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate.


For the peaches

4-6 peaches, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Place sliced peaches in a large bowl and toss with the sugar and ground cinnamon.


For the Crust

2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Freshly grated zest of 1 lemon or 1 small orange

3/4 cup (1 ½ sticks/6 ounces) unsalted butter, cold, cut into ¼-inch cubes

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup heavy cream

A few drops ice water, if necessary


Place the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and citrus zest in the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to combine the dry ingredients. Add all of the cold, cubed butter to the bowl and pulse to process the mixture until it is sandy and there are no visible lumps of butter.


In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and heavy cream. Add the wet ingredients to the food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times, or until the dough comes together. If necessary, add some ice water, a few drops at a time, to make the dough come together.


Remove the dough from the food processor and work it out with your hands to even out any dry and wet spots. Form the dough into a ball, flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours, before rolling it out. You can also freeze the dough, well wrapped, for up to 2 months.


For the Crostata

Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into a circle and place on pan. Spread almond paste evenly on dough. Arrange peach mixture in center of dough, leaving a 3-inch border. Fold edges of dough toward center, pressing gently to seal (dough will only partially cover peach mixture). Sprinkle dough with a little sugar.


Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°; bake an additional 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or room temperature.

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