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Jam Tart

Crostata di Marmellata
Company coming? Let them eat crostata (jam tart)! The dough is easily made by hand or in a food processor. Just remember a few things; measure the flour correctly by lightly sprinkling it into a one cup dry measure such as metal or plastic, and use really cold butter to achieve a flaky crust.

Makes One 9 x 1 inch tart in removable tart shell pan


1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup superfine sugar

1 teaspoon almond sugar powder (optional) or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Grated zest of one lemon

7 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen

1 egg plus 1 yolk, lightly beaten

2 cups favorite jam


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Whirl the almonds in a food processor until they are a fine consistency but leave a little texture.

Add the unbleached flour, salt, sugar, almond sugar powder and zest to the bowl of the processor and whirl until blended. Add the butter and pulse several times; add the egg and yolk gradually through the fed tube until a ball of dough begins to form.

Gather up dough; pat into a disk; cover and refrigerate until cold but not hard, about 40 minutes.

Using 2/3 of the dough, roll it out between flour-dusted parchment paper to fit the tart pan. Trim off excess dough.

Roll out the remaining dough and cut into 1/2-inch wide lattice strips for the top of the tart.

Set aside on a tray in the refrigerator.

Fill the shell with the jam and lay the lattice strips over the top in a crisscross pattern or pattern of your choice.

Place the tart on a rimmed baking sheet and bake it about 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into wedges.

This recipe is featured on show 2004 – A Winter Meal.




  1. Tom Hampton's avatar

    Tom Hampton

    I just saw this on TV, and it is so dang purty.
  2. Nancy Torok's avatar

    Nancy Torok

    I MUST make this! What a nice combination of flavors.
  3. Ana's avatar


    I made the Jam Tart. Came out like yours in the television... Perfect!!! thanks...
  4. Anne's avatar


    I first had a jam crostata in Puglia. Today I took this, made with homemade rhubarb jam to my knitting group. It was wonderful. I have tried various recipes. I like this the best.

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