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November 27, 2010


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Audax Artifex

OMG your crostate look so wonderful and I bet they were tasty I just love the fillings. And thank you for hosting this month's challenge it was a great choice for the Daring Bakers'. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.


Both your crostata fillings sound so delicious! And thank you for hosting the challenge, it was my first one and I really enjoyed it.

Mei Sze

Mmm...I like the sound of both fillings for the 2 tarts you made. Thank you for the challenge. I made two as well but used mangoes as they are currently in season in Australia.

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Your crostata looks awesome, fillings sound yumm! Thank you for hosting this months DB challenge!. ♥


Thanks for hosting the fantastic challenge Simona,love your apple and cheese filling :D


Merci beaucoup pour le choix de ce défi, c'était vraiment fabuleux.
Je l'ai fait dans la pure tradition italienne et c'était fantastique :)


Thanks for such a fantastic challenge, Simona! The pasta frolla was such a success. Everyone loved it and I'll certainly be using it again. Your own crostata look beautiful. I'm especially taken with the pear and chocolate. Delicious!


Love the pear and chocolate combination. And thanks so much for picking croatata for us to make. We thoroughly enjoyed ours and I love the shortcrust pastry recipe.

Shelley C

You absolutely needn't have worried - this was an amazing challenge that inspired such creativity in all of the Daring Bakers, I don't think there is any way you could have seen a better response! Thank you so much for hosting such a great challenge, providing such delicious recipes, and for all of your help and support!!

bake in paris

Thanks, Simona for this wonderful challenge! And special gratitudes for your extra effort to share pear chocolate crostata and apple butter Chesire cheese crostata with us! Thumbs up!!

Ruth H.

Thank you so much for being such a wonderful, supportive host, and for introducing us to the fabulousness that is crostate! That pear and chocolate crostata looks almost too good to eat... almost!! Thank you so much!!

Simona Carini

Hello everybody and thanks for your kind words. I am glad you had a good time making crostata this month. I hope you will make it again in the future. Now, I am off to take a close look at your creations.


Wow, looks wonderful. I shall try and make it.


Thank you for hosting this challenge! I had so much fun and got to experience a dessert that I've never tried before. I love the sound of your apple and cheese crostata!


Thanks so much for hosting this month! Your challenge was just the thing to bring out the Daring Bakers creativity. I have so many more ideas, but just need to find the time. Your crostate sound delicious and look beautiful too.


Simona, thank you for the wonderful challenge! Absolutely loved the crust, it very quickly became a favorite! Your fillings look divine, will have to give them a try!


Thanks for a great challenge, Simona! The cheddar/apple and chocolate pear crostate sound luscious.


Thank you for the wonderful challenge! It was my first time doing a challenge and I had a great time. Your two flavor combos look mouth watering


Thanks for hosting this month. I had fun making one of my favorite versions or crostata.

The apple and cheese version sounds awesome!


I will have to try the pear and chocolate. It sounds so good.


Thanks for choosing a wonderful challenge that one could experiment regarding the fillings.


Thanks for the challenge! It brought me back into the DB after a hiatus.


Oh wow - pear and chocolate? Apple and cheese? I now want to rush out and make these too. What wonderful flavours. Thanks for being our host this month - it has been fun to see all the variations of crostata.

Sweet Artichoke

OMG, two more crostate that I have to try soon!
Thanks again for hosting such a great challenge! The pasta frolla recipe is simply delicious and I will use it in the future!


Wow! They look great! I think the only flavour pairing better than pear and chocolate is apple & cheese.


io sarei attratta più dalla seconda.....confesso...il formaggio mi attira più della cioccolata ^_____^ e a maggior ragione se il formaggio è tuo, l'apple butter è sinonimo dell'applesauce? ciauzzzzzzz


Grazie mille per il tuo commento. La crostata e buonissima.

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet

Mmmmm I thought the pear and chocolate sounded nice and then I spied the apple and cheese version. Although I normally lean towards sweet I would adore to taste this pie it sounds like an amazing combination.

Simona Carini

Thanks everybody for the kind words. I am really glad you had fun with my choice of challenge. With the Holidays coming up, I hope having crostata in your repertoire will be helpful. A crostata is such a nice dessert to share.

Ciao Ivy. I am sure your rendition will be very interesting and elegant.

Ciao Astro. Avevo visto delle ricette della apple pie con il formaggio e da li' mi e' venuta l'idea. No, non sono la stessa cosa. Per fare l'applesauce le mele si cuociono relativamente poco, fino a che sono sfatte, con acqua o succo di mele. Di fatto in questo tu ne sai piu' di me, visto che l'hai fatta di recente, mentre io non l'ho mai fatta. Il burro di mele di solito ha zucchero e spezie (cannella, chiodi di garofano, ecc. a seconda della ricetta) e viene cotto a lungo (piu' a lungo che nel caso della marmellata) finche' non diventa piuttosto denso. Nel caso della crostata, sconsiglierei di usare l'applesauce perche' e' molto bagnata. Fammi sapere se sei interessata a fare il burro di mele e ti mando una ricetta in italiano.


Thanks for hosting this month. I really enjoyed making my chocolate and pastry cream crostata. Next time I think I will try a simple pastry cream one like you described. Your apple, apple butter, and cheese crostata looks delicious - and a lot of work since you made the apple butter and cheese.

I love the idea of the mp3's on the blog. I had not seen that before. Maybe it can help some of us non-Italian speakers sound a little smarter when talking about or ordering Italian food.

Juls @ Juls' Kitchen

Thanks for hosting this month challenge! i really loved your version of pastafrola, quite different from mine but extremely delicious!

Jessica @ bake me away!

The chocolate pear crostata is so beautiful, and I'm very intrigued by the apple cheese one. Thanks so much for this challenge, Simona! The pasta frolla recipe was delicious. It allowed so much versatility and was a great first challenge for me.


Grazie Simona! You really made me rethink my opinion of crostata. I actually made another batch of pasta frolla straight after I posted about the challenge. Which is the fastest I've ever revisited a daring baker's challenge!! And it was a success second time around too. This is now my go-to pasta frolla recipe. Thank you :) I'm really keen to try and find a translated copy of the book too, so thanks for intorducing it to us.


Simona, you did such an amazing job with this month's challenge. I'm so sorry I missed it. Your crostata looks delicious.


This is awesome! Awesome that you are host. Awesome crostate. Yum, yum, yum!



Thanks for this wonderful challenge Simona. The crostata and the filling is awesome. Beautiful pictures.


Wonderfull challenge, Simona!
I'm so glad I found your blog as it's really interesting to read about your cheese experience! I'm trying with the cheese making but for now I'm just throwing cheese away :(


Your Crostata looks wonderful. Only, pumpkin is one of the few foods that I don't like. : ( Anyway, it was a great challenge and thanks for the comment on my persimmon Crostata. :)


It It seems that I'm a little mixed up something! ;)) There's no pumpkin! ;))
I like the idea of cheese and apples. :)


Wonderful crostate! Both look so delicious. Cheese and apple, mmmhh that sounds so good.




It was a great challenge many thanks! It showed just how easy pastry making can be even though it's something I normally shy away from. I intend to use the pasta frolla recipe more in future so thanks again!

Love your pear and chocolate filling - it really looks to die for! Yum!


Sei troppo brava... Mi vien voglia di andare di corsa a casa tua, se non altro per godere dei profumini, se non fosse per i 4000+ chilometri che ci separano. Ciauuu Cinzia



Congratulations on a wonderful challenge! Your dedication in creating the recipe was tremendous. I don't think we've ever seen a host put in that much effort. Sei stata bravissima!


sono interessantissima alla ricetta del burro di mele, appena hai tempo, manda manda ;-)) grazieee!

Simona Carini

Thanks everybody for the kind words. You make me blush. I am so very happy you enjoyed the challenge. Thank you!

Hi Todd. I am glad you like the mp3 idea. Helping non-Italian speakers was the goal I had in mind when I started doing it. So, when you have a question about a food-related Italian word, you may check here. Also, if there is a word that interests you, let me know, and I'll be glad to cover it in a post.

Shaz, I am so glad! Thanks for sharing this with me.

Hi Sandy. Maybe you'll find a reason soon to make a crostata even though the challenge is over.

Thanks, Paz.

Dear Silvia, please don't give up. Let me know if I can be of help: I'd be glad to.

Ciao Cinzia. Se uno di questi giorni vieni in California a fare un giro, ti aspetto.

Grazie, Ivonne.

Ciao Astro. Lo faro' quanto prima. I prossimi due giorni sono un po' pieni, ma non ti preoccupare, non mi dimentico. Intanto, metti da parte un po' di mele.


What a great post! This recipe is awesome and I'll definitely add this to my collection of gourmet Italian food.


Hi Simona.
I love Your recipe for crostata. It was easy and very pleasant job. I will use dough for other tart because its very tasty.
Thank You for nice challange!



Thank you for such a great challenge, Simona! The first pasta frolla recipe is the BEST I've ever had and will use it forever when I bake crostatas :)

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Your choice of challenge was fabulous. I must say that Pasta Frolla (now I can call it that.. very charming!) is one of my favorite things to use in my kitchen. I really love it! In this challenge, I learned the free form crostata which I loved and had never done. And, of course, I had to do my all time favorite dessert filling, lime.
I love your pear and chocolate crostata. How many crostate did you make altogether this month?? :o)
Thanks for hosting this fabulous challenge!


Your own crostatas look amazing and I want to thank you so much for a fabulous challenge. The pasta frolla is my new staple pie crust.

Simona Carini

Thank you so much for the kind words. I am very glad you all liked the pasta frolla recipe and enjoyed making crostata, a dessert that is so dear to me. Every time you make pasta frolla again, it will bring a smile to my face.


Hi Simona, It was very kind of you to visit my blog and leave such wonderful comments, thank you very much for this challenge, and as you saw in my blog I really enjoyed it, Your crostatas are so cute and look so delicious, I will try them too soon... thanks dear


great challenge! very nice idea to bake something simple buy yummy!

Simona Carini

Hi Jayasri: it was my pleasure. It was nice to read that you enjoyed the challenge.

Thanks, Juliana, for your kind words.

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