Apple and Quince Crostata with Cinnamon Streusel and Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

Apple and Quince Crostata with Cinnamon Streusel and Crème Fraîche Ice Cream
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About This Recipe

The Apple and Quince Crostata with Cinnamon Streusel and Crème Fraîche Ice Cream is a recipe I hold close to my heart, as it came to me during a particularly beautiful harvest season in Napa Valley. The local farmers' markets were overflowing with the freshest apples and quinces, and I couldn't resist the urge to create a dessert that showcased these delightful fruits in all their glory.

This rustic yet elegant dessert is perfect to serve after a cozy, home-cooked meal that celebrates the bounty of Napa Valley's harvest. For a main course, consider preparing a dish like roasted Cornish game hens with a wild rice and mushroom stuffing, or a delectable vegetarian option like a butternut squash and sage risotto. Both dishes would complement the flavors of the crostata beautifully, setting the stage for a memorable meal.

Sourcing the best local ingredients is crucial to crafting an authentic Napa Valley experience. Head to the St. Helena Farmers' Market, where you can find the freshest apples, quinces, and other seasonal produce. For high-quality, locally-sourced dairy products like the crème fraîche needed for the ice cream, look no further than the Napa Valley Creamery, where they take pride in crafting artisanal dairy products using traditional methods.

To elevate this dish even further, pair it with a dessert wine that complements and enhances the flavors of the crostata. A late-harvest Riesling from Stony Hill Vineyard, nestled in the hills of St. Helena, offers a delightful balance of sweetness and acidity that would play well with the fruit and the creamy ice cream. Alternatively, a glass of Sauternes-inspired Dolce from the esteemed Far Niente Winery, located in Oakville, adds a luxurious touch to the dessert with its rich, honeyed sweetness and notes of apricot and caramel.

Napa Valley is a region that effortlessly combines its agricultural roots with the sophistication of a world-class wine and food destination. This crostata is a reflection of that balance, offering a rustic, comforting dessert that's elevated by the addition of crème fraîche ice cream and a carefully selected wine pairing. The warmth of the cinnamon streusel adds a layer of comfort to the dish, reminiscent of the golden afternoons spent exploring the vineyards and sipping on some of the finest wines that California has to offer.

As you prepare this Apple and Quince Crostata with Cinnamon Streusel and Crème Fraîche Ice Cream, let yourself be transported to the idyllic landscapes of Napa Valley, where the sun-kissed vineyards stretch out as far as the eye can see, and the air is filled with the enticing aromas of farm-to-table feasts and world-class wines. Happy cooking, and cheers to your Napa Valley-inspired culinary adventures!

H2: Quince – The Underestimated Fruit GemQuince is often overshadowed by its more popular cousin, the apple. However, this golden-yellow fruit has a rich history and brings a unique tartness and floral aroma to dishes, especially when cooked. Native to Persia, quince has been a cherished fruit in various cultures for centuries. When used in recipes like our Apple and Quince Crostata, it provides a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the apples and a depth of flavor that's hard to match. Its pectin-rich nature makes it perfect for jams and jellies, and when paired with cinnamon, its aromatic properties truly shine.

How to Perfectly Prepare and Slice Quince

  1. Wash the Quince: Begin by rinsing the quince under cold water to remove any dirt or debris. The fruit may have a fuzzy layer, which can be rubbed off with your fingers.
  2. Peel the Skin: Using a sharp peeler or knife, peel the quince skin. The skin can be tough, so take your time to avoid injury.
  3. Core and Slice: Cut the quince in half and then use a sharp knife to remove the core. Slice the quince into thin, even slices for uniform cooking.
  4. Prevent Browning: Quince can oxidize quickly. To prevent this, immerse your sliced quince in a bowl of water with a splash of lemon juice.

FAQs

  1. Can I use a different type of fruit if I don’t have quince? Yes, while quince is unique in flavor, you can substitute it with pears for a similar texture. However, this might alter the taste slightly.
  2. Is there a vegan alternative to crème fraîche ice cream? Absolutely! Opt for a coconut-based or almond-based ice cream, which provides a creamy texture. You can also find vegan crème fraîche brands in specialty stores to make your ice cream.
  3. How long does the crostata keep after being baked? The crostata tastes best when fresh but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Warm it in the oven before serving.
  4. I have a nut allergy. Can I skip the pecans in the streusel? Definitely! You can either omit the pecans or replace them with seeds like sunflower or pumpkin seeds for a crunchy texture.
  5. Which type of apple works best for this recipe? While you can use any apple variety, tart apples like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp work well as they balance the sweetness and hold their shape during baking.

Tips for Success

  1. Cold Ingredients are Key: When making the dough, ensure that your butter and water are cold. This helps create a flaky crust.
  2. Don’t Overwork the Dough: When pulsing in the food processor or while rolling, be gentle. Overworking can lead to a tough crust.
  3. Let it Cool: After baking, allow the crostata to cool slightly. This will make slicing easier and let the flavors meld together beautifully.

Recipe Overview

Recipe:
Apple and Quince Crostata with Cinnamon Streusel and Crème Fraîche Ice Cream
Author:
Lily Anderson
Season:
Fall
Yield:
8 servings
Calories Per Serving:
520
Prep Time:
PT20M
Cook Time:
PT50M
Total Time:
PT1H10M

Ingredients List

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium quinces, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 pint crème fraîche ice cream (store-bought or homemade)

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add the ice water, pulsing just until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large bowl, combine the apples, quinces, lemon juice, remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Toss to coat the fruit evenly.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the rolled oats, brown sugar, pecans, and cold butter. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to work the butter into the mixture until it forms a crumbly streusel.
  4. Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Arrange the apple and quince mixture in the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the edges of the dough over the fruit, pleating as necessary. Sprinkle the streusel over the exposed fruit.
  5. Bake the crostata for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is tender. Let cool slightly before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of crème fraîche ice cream.

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