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Crostata soffice di Nonna Gina

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About the Recipe

This recipe brings back some wonderful memories from my childhood. I’m not sure if it falls in the category of crust pies because it lacks a crust, but it does have marmalade and a lattice on top. Anyway, it is soft and rather melts in your mouth without much chewing effort. Try it and let me know. By Vania Ferraro (Guest)​​


  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 lemon zest

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • For the top: 1 cup of your favorite jam or marmalade


1) Heat oven 325* degrees.

2) Line a medium size round pan with parchment paper and set aside.

3) Beat the butter and sugar, then add the eggs and the pinch of salt. When it’s smooth and creamy, add the flour, the baking soda, baking powder and the lemon zest.

4) Pour the thick batter in the pan, saving a few tablespoon for the strips. Flat out the surface and pour the jam on top, smoothing it out.

5) Add some extra flour (about 2tbsp) to the saved batter, work it a little, and flatten it down with a rolling pin. Then cut a few strips with a knife or a pizza cutter.

6) Lay the strips on top of the jam, crossing each other.

7) Put in the oven for at least 35 minutes, but first check with a toothpick if it’s done.

8) Remove from the oven, let it rest and cool off, and finally enjoy it with your favorite tea and your favorite friends.

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