Fresh tart cherries are combined with sugar, vanilla and bourbon and piled onto a sweet pie crust dough that's folded free form over the cherries. Baked until golden brown and served with a dollop of sweetened whipped mascarpone.
8tablespoonunsalted buttercold and cut into small pieces
3-4tablespoonice cold water
3 cupstart cherries fresh, pitted
¼cupheavy whipping cream
To prepare the crust
In a food processor, combine flour, sugar and salt and pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and pulse until the crumbs are about the size of a pea. With the processor running, add 3 tablespoon ice cold water and process until the dough starts to come together into a ball. Add an additional tablespoon of water if dough isn't coming together.
Dump the dough onto a floured surface and using your hands, bring together into a disc. Wrap the disc in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
To prepare the crostata
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and then place a piece of parchment on top of foil.
Combine the cherries, sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Mix gently to combine.
Roll out the dough onto a floured surface to a circle about ¼ inch thick and 14 inches in diameter. Place the crust onto the baking sheet.
Pour the filling onto the crust, leaving about 2 inches at the edge. Fold the edge of the crust up over the cherries all the way around the crostata, pleating the dough as necessary to form a circle. Place in the preheated over and bake until the filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing.
Combine mascarpone, whipping cream and powdered sugar in a stand mixer fit with the whisk attachment or using a hand mixer and mix until soft peaks form. Serve on top of the crostata.
The baking sheet is lined with foil and then parchment due to the cherry juices leaking out while baking. This will make clean up easier-trust me!
If you can't find tart cherries, sweet cherries can be substituted but you may want to decrease the sugar by about half to account for the extra sweetness of the cherries.
Bourbon can be omitted if desired. Orange juice would be a good substitute or you can leave it out entirely.
Vanilla ice cream would be a great substitute for the mascarpone if desired.