Apple Crostada



  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 12 teaspoon salt
  4. 34 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  5. 14 cup ice water
  6. 12 cup all-purpose flour, plus
  7. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  8. 14 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  9. 14 cup granulated sugar
  10. 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  11. 12 teaspoon salt
  12. 18 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  13. 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  14. 1 cup pure maple syrup
  15. 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  16. 5 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  17. 1 large egg, beaten with 1 Tablespoon water


  1. PASTRY:.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and salt.
  3. Add butter and pulse until it's the size of small peas.
  4. Add the ice water and pulse until dough forms.
  5. Turn out onto a work surface and gather the crumbs together.
  6. Shape into a disk.
  7. wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour.
  9. Mix flour with walnuts, both sugars, 1/4 teaspoon salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  10. In a small skillet, cook five tablespoons butter until golden brown.
  11. Pour over flour mixture and toss gently until crumbly.
  12. Refrigerate.
  13. Preheat oven to 375F.
  14. In a large skillet, bring the maple syrup, vanilla bean and seeds to a boil.
  15. Cook over moderately high heat for three minutes.
  16. Whisk in the remaining butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  17. Add half of the apples and cook until beginning to soften.
  18. Transfer apples (with slotted spoon) to a platter.
  19. Repeat with remaining apples.
  20. Let cool.
  21. Discard the vanilla bean and scrape pan juices into a bowl.
  22. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pastry to a 15-inch round, 1/8 inch thick.
  23. Transfer to a baking sheet and refrigerate 15 minutes.
  24. Brush the egg wash in a 2-inch band around the edge of the dough.
  25. Spread apples on the pastry.
  26. Add any pan juices.
  27. Fold the border up over the apples, leaving the center exposed.
  28. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the apples in the center and brush the pastry with the egg wash.
  29. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.
  30. Let cool slightly, then serve with vanilla ice cream drizzled with reserved pan juices and maple syrup.