16 January 2009

Grandma's Crostata

Grandmother Moreci Stone, known by the children as 'Great Mother,' is a dear and lovely woman. She serves, she makes, she care-takes, and she loves. The past year has brought illness robbing her of the ability to laugh, to cough, to talk ... to eat. Yet, she has borne what would disable so many, with a grace and fortitude that silently teaches those around her of Faith and perseverance.

Great Mother has always been a fine, fine cook. When Lucette was asked to bring a food item representing her family at the heritage fair, we excitedly selected her delicious, buttery Crostata recipe. It is a lovely Italian dessert made into bars and easy for little hands to help make. So very good with a cup of steaming black tea (and sweet thoughts of Great Mother).

3 c. unbleached flour
1.5 c. sugar
3 t. baking powder

Mix well.

1 c. butter
grated rind of 1 lemon
2 eggs

Add to dry mix. Use hands like Grandma to combine (or mixer if not feeling tactile today) until dough-like and well incorporated. Press into buttered 9x13 pan, reserving 1/3 for topping.

4-5 T. Jam (strawberry is a favorite)

Cover dough with even layer of jam. Place flattened pieces of remaining dough on top. (Take a dollop and smoosh flat between hands.) Bake at 350 degrees, 25-30 mins., until golden brown.

.5 c. pwdr. sugar
1.5 t. vanilla
.5 t. almond extract

Combine, add just enough water to make smooth, whisk well, drizzle over top. Allow to cool well before serving. Buon appetito!

1 comment:

  1. That is great- what a good idea to post a bit of history w/ the recipe! I love that. I've been meaning to ask how Grandma is doing this month.