lisa's italian kitchen logo

Lisa’s Crostata di Marmellata (Italian Jam Tart)

Crostata di Marmellata

Crostata di Marmellata, or an Italian jam tart, is one of the most popular desserts in Italy, and everyone has his or her own version. Lisa prefers to make the crostata with a dark marmalade such as cherry or raspberry as it gives a richer texture, but any flavor you prefer is delicious!

Lisa’s Crostata di Marmellata Ingredients:

Sweet Pie Pastry (Pasta Frolla):

1 1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup sugar

1 stick and 1 tablespoon of butter, cold

1 egg yolk

2 cups of fruit jam (use any flavor of marmalade that you prefer, but it should be very good quality- Lisa loves Casa Giulia!)

Lisa’s Crostata di Marmellata Directions:

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the sliced butter and egg yolk. Knead into soft dough, adding a few drops of ice water. Work ingredients together by hand or with a pastry blender. (This can be done in a mixer by simply placing all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mixing with a paddle on medium speed. You can use a KitchenAid mixer if you would like)

Crostata di MarmellataCrostata di Marmellata


Separate pastry dough into two balls, one large and one small. Roll out the large ball of dough, and line a 9-9 1/2″ fluted, loose bottomed tart or quiche mold. Prick the dough with a fork. Chill the pastry, for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Crostata di Marmellata

Spoon the jam into the pastry. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut 4 thin strips with a pastry wheel. Arrange in a cross (lattice pattern) over the jam, sticking the ends in place with water. Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden.

Crostata di MarmellataCrostata di Marmellata

Crostata di Marmellata





  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

    View all posts

Leave a Reply