One of my favorite citrus fruits is mandarin orange. They are so popular during Lunar New Year celebration that bring luck and wealth. Since I have them in stock, decided to bake this Mandarin Orange Crostata or free form tart.
If you find baking a tart a little intimidating, you can check my tips here. .
First of all, prepare the crust as per the recipe below. While waiting for the crust to be chilled, peel the mandarin oranges, remove the white thread on the outer segment. Using a sharp knife, cut crosswise into 1/4 in thick slices. Remove the seeds, carefully transfer onto a plate, sprinkle with some sugar. Refrigerate.
After rolling and filling, you suppose to brush the mandarin orange with apricot preserves but omit this step since I don't have it. Alternately, just sprinkle more sugar over the mandarin orange just before baking.
You can always buy a ready made pie crust but nothing beats a homemade one!
MANDARIN ORANGE CROSTATA
Serves : 6-8
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup butter cubed
1/4 tsp salt
4-5 tablespoon ice water
3 medium mandarin orange peeled and cut crosswise into 1/4 in slice
1-2 tablespoon sugar to coat the fruit
1/2 cup apricot preserves, melted
For the pastry. place flour, sugar, salt and butter in a mixing bowl.
Rub the butter into flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
Gradually add ice water to form into soft dough.
Wrap with plastic and chill for 30 minutes-1 hour.
For the filling, combine mandarin orange with sugar.
Roll out pastry into 9.5 in circle on floured board.
Transfer dough onto baking sheet. Arrange mandarin slices over pastry.
Brush preserves over mandarin orange slices or sprinkle more sugar if you don't have any preserves.