Rhubarb Blood Orange Crostata

Rhubarb Blood Orange Crostata

Crostata is an Italian baked tart. It is my favorite way to take advantage of in-season fruit.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Fika, Picnic
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 664 kcal


Pastry dough

  • cups Flour all-purpose
  • 1 tbsp Sugar granulated
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted butter ice cold cut into pieces
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable shortening ice-cold, cut into pieces
  • 4 to 8 tbsp Water ice cold

The Filling

  • 12 oz Rhubarb chopped
  • 1 Blood orange juiced
  • ¾ cup Sugar granulated

Crumble Topping

  • 2 tbsp Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 tbsp Flour all-purpose
  • 1 tbsp Sugar granulated
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • pinch Salt


The pastry dough

  • Place the flour, sugar, and salt in an electric mixer and mix 1 minute.
  • Add the chopped butter and shortening and mix until the flour and butter look like oatmeal.
  • Add the cold water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together.
  • When the dough comes together, place on a floured work surface, and pat into a disk.
  • Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.

The filling

  • In a sauce pan on medium, heat add the rhubarb, orange juice, and sugar.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.

The Crostata

  • Roll out the cold dough on a well-floured surface.
  • Place in an oiled pie dish.
  • Pour the rhubarb into the pie dish. Set the sauce pan aside, but don't rinse.
  • Fold the edges of the pastry dough over the rhubarb.

The crumble topping

  • In the sauce pan that you cooked the rhubarb in, add the oats, flour, sugar, butter, and salt.
  • Mix the with your fingers until the butter is incorporated into the oats, flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Sprinkle the mixture randomly over the crostata.
  • Place in a 375° oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


Rhubarb and blood orange season overlap for just a few weeks in spring and they complement each other perfectly.
If you can’t find blood orange, regular orange juice will work.


Calories: 664kcalCarbohydrates: 105gProtein: 9gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 874mgPotassium: 428mgFiber: 5gSugar: 58gVitamin A: 531IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 225mgIron: 6mg
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