Strawberry Rhubarb Crostata


Good morning, dad. Happy Father's Day to you! I wonder what you're doing right now. Having your morning joe and reading the Sunday paper? Wait, I guess you wouldn't be reading the paper if you're reading this. Do you realize I just wrote this right before you woke up? Yes, it is true. I was up late baking you a pie. No, I didn't bake you this Strawberry Rhubarb Crostata. I realize you don't like rhubarb... or at least you think you don't. I think you secretly do. Grandma convinced you that you don't like it.



You like all different kinds of food! You're the bravest foodie I know. Thank you for pushing me so much, growing up, to try new foods. Thank you for introducing me to homemade pasta, asparagus, smoked brisket, fried eggplant, and more. Thank you for loving the foods that mom didn't, and allowing them in the house - pickles, mayonnaise, hot sauce, etc. Would I be so interested and passionate about food if it weren't for you?

Yup, you're my dad, dad. And I love you. I think you're a great father... you're always good to talk to, always there for me, always helping me with things. You've done a fine job as a father. Look how good I turned out! Heh heh heh. You're a smart, funny, talented, kind, generous man. Yes, you deserve a good pat on the back. And some hugs.



I'm not sure how you feel about rustic, free-form pasties on your special day. Err, pastries. I bet you like pasties.

That's what a crostata is: a rustic dessert tart, prepared by folding the edges of the dough over the top of the filling. I think you would like a crostata... just prepared with a different filling.

I'm a fan of the strawberry-rhubarb, though. Especially in combination with strawberry preserves, sliced almonds, and a cream cheese pastry dough.


Strawberry Rhubarb Crostata 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons ice water

1 cup thinly sliced strawberries
3/4 cup finely chopped rhubarb
1/4 cup strawberry preserves
3 tablespoons corn meal
3 tablespoons sliced almonds

To make the pastry dough, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, confectioners' sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the cream cheese and butter, and knead together using a pastry blender or your fingertips, until mixture resembles pea-sized lumps. Sprinkle in the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, stirring gently with a fork after each addition, adding only enough of the water until dough starts to come together.

Using floured hands, pat dough into a smooth, flattened disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes, in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a large sheet pan with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together strawberries, rhubarb and preserves until well combined.

Coat a work surface with the cornmeal. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out thinly on surface; place on prepared sheet pan. Spread strawberry-rhubarb mixture over dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold in dough edges to form a rim; sprinkle almonds over strawberry-rhubarb mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool 10 minutes before slicing.

Makes 6 servings


45 comments:

  1. How cute! My dad just may have been my biggest fan, too. Thanks goodness he started buying me cookbooks when I was young.

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  2. I had a really bad experience with rhubarb. can't stand the stuff but you make it sound good.

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  3. This looks so pretty - how could your Dad not like this? I ahve just made strawberry rhubarb muffins - a great flavour combination.

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  4. looks scrumptious. hope your father likes it.

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  5. Emily, that was such a nice post! You must have a great dad and he is very lucky to have such a nice daughter. The crostata looks so good. Love the cream cheese crust and strawberry rhubarb combo. Sounds delicious!

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  6. MMM this looks great! I think I may be making it.. Maybe Dad would like it! (or maybe that's just my excuse for me to make it for myself ;)

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  7. what a beautiful tart! i'd like to make one some day!

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  8. holy sweet pizza - what do we have here!

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  9. This is sooo early for you!

    That's pretty gorgeous. Would Dad even know it was rhubarb if you didn't tell him? Please show us the pie sometime.

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  10. Sweet post and the crostata looks wonderful!

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  11. What a great tribute to your dad Emiline. He is lucky to have you:D

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  12. you are darling.
    i bet your dad just gets crinkly smiley eyes when he reads your posts.
    dessert looks delicious too of course. i'd try anything you make!

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  13. my mom's signature pie was strawberry rhubarb, so i grew up loving this flavor combo. i still need to try your cream cheese crust! delicious :)

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  14. You cracked me up with the pasty remark! I'm not sure if I'm a rhubarb fan either, but this looks super!

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  15. Aww, what a sweet tribute to your dad :) Your strawberry rhubarb crostata looks amazing!

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  16. this looks really beautiful!

    Happy Father's Day to your dad!

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  17. Oh, man. I really need to get over my fear of pie crust and/or crust-esque things. Your pics are just beautiful!

    And I love what you wrote about your dad. :)

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  18. I agree with you, my Dad was my biggest support and fan! Great tribute recipe! Looks SO good!!!!

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  19. A brave foodie for a dad? You've got yourself a cool daddy!
    This crostata looks really amazing...I'll bet one bite and he'll throw away all distaste for rhubarb!

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  20. This runny cream all over this crostata...mmmm, I can see it!!!

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  21. I adore rhubarb - it's a unique flavour and such a gorgeous colour.
    Your crostata looks delicious.

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  22. What a lovely ode to your dad!!

    This tarte looks so excellent, fabulous tasty!

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  23. Nice ode to the pops. I always get my dad car wash coupons because it is easy and simple.

    I like strawberry and I love rhubarb so another thing I can make. yeah!

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  24. Hee hee. You said rhubarb!

    It's great that you and Dad share such a common love of food. I know mine is much less of a picky eater than I am. There isn't much he won't eat, but he doesn't like anything char-grilled (I do), but he shares my dislike of olives.

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  25. Looks amazing! I love rustic desserts.

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  26. What a lovely tribute -- and it comes with dessert. Isn't that just perfect??!!

    Now, if I could get my Dad to get online, we'd be in business!

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  27. This is such a lovely post dedicated to your father. Just like your grandmum made him think he doesn't like rhubarb, this post is going to make him love it all the more!

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  28. strawberry and rhubarb? what a lovely and very pretty combination!! i'm liking this recipe ALOT. x

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  29. This look so good, ND I am actually (involuntarily) growing rhubarb, so SCORE!

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  30. Wonderful ode to Dad, Emily! Hope you had a great Father's Day with him! :)

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  31. Aww so sweet! I love this rhubarb/grandma conspiracy! :)

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  32. A lively tribute to your dad...the crostata looks delicious!

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  33. Fun post! The crust looks divine and I love how the rhubarb is still holding its shape a bit instead of being baked to mush. Yum!

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  34. Another delicious recipe, awww Emily, I can't keep up. Worst thing is always want to try it too. BTW, I made the Hazelnut-brownies... it was insanely good. You are a true talented baker!

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  35. Ok...YUM! You had me at strawberry rhubarb and then you blew me away with cream cheese pastry dough.

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  36. that looks so good! happy father's day to your dad :)

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  37. looks scrumptious, emily. that color is an eye-catcher, and i'm all about the crust. your pop's a lucky man. :)

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  38. Sweet post to dad. This is a beautiful dessert -- the crust is flawless! I have to admit, I will only eat rhubarb when it's paired with strawberries :)!

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  39. I'm very sad to have missed rhubarb season! :( The first two times I went to the grocery store they were out and then on my list trip they said that they were sold out and wouldn't be getting anymore! whaaaaaaaa?!

    I'm very fortunate in that I have TWO dads. I'm one of the few lucky people whose parent's divorce was a good thing! Both my dads are different but wonderful.
    ~ingrid

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  40. I love Strawberries! Never had rhubarb, I need to try this! It looks decadent!

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  41. That's so sweet! I bet reading this made your dad's day, even if he doesn't care for rhubarb! I'm in love with that crostata's color!

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  42. oh that's a nice italian dessert! complimenti!

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  43. This looks so much better than my rhubarb tart I made--the filling turned a little grey on mine. It tasted good, though!

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  44. What a lovely tribute to your dad, you're such a sweetie, Em. And I love rhubarb, so I just know I would devour your crostata.

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