Crostata with apples, walnuts and Gorgonzola

  • For the shortcrust
  • 210g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 15g caster sugar
  • 45g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 95g mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp ice water
  • For the filling
  • 45g unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 small tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 to 1cm thick slices
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3g lemon zest
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • 40g crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
1) For the shortcrust: In a food processor combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is finely chopped and the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the mascarpone cheese and lemon juice and pulse a few times. Add the iced water and run the machine just until the mixture is moist and crumbly, but does not form a ball. Do not over mix. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of clingfilm. Press into a disc, cover, and refrigerate for 30 mins.

2) For the filling: Place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ gas mark 6. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the apple slices, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are softened, but not mushy, about 5 mins. Set aside to cool for 10 mins. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, walnuts, and Gorgonzola.

3) Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the inside of a 30 by 43cm baking sheet and place on a work surface. Place the chilled dough on the parchment paper. Roll the dough out into a 28cm circle, about 0.5cm thick. Lift the parchment paper and transfer to the baking sheet. Spoon the apple filling into the centre of the dough. Spread the filling evenly, leaving a 5cm border. Fold the dough border over the filling to form an 20cm round. Pleat the edge of the pastry and pinch to seal any cracks in the dough.

4) Using a pastry brush, brush the crust with the beaten egg. Bake until the crust is golden, about 25 mins. Cool for 10 mins before slicing and serving.

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