Sunday, January 25, 2015


Mandarin Orange Crostata

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 Recipe @

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

Mandarin Orange Crostata


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.

Gently fold the border over the orange to enclose the dough.

Bake for 30-35 minutes in a preheated oven @ 190 C until the crust turns golden brown.

Allow to cool. Serve warm at room temperature.

Mandarin Orange Crostata

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Gouri Guha said...

This looks great...good sharing...

Unknown said...

this looks so innovative and yummy

Unknown said...

How stunning does this look!?! I love it. Like a plate of sunshine. I've never heard of a crostata before but I think it's beautiful. And yes I love mandarins too.

Rafeeda AR said...

looks so refreshing...

Kurinji said...

wow interesting and yummy recipe...

Julie said...

wow..wish I could grab a slice :)

Padma said...

Very tempting and delicious...Thanks for sharing the recipe dear:)

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

What a delicious crostata, it looks refreshing, yet slightly heavy as well just as dessert should be :D

Choc Chip Uru

Julia @ Swirls and Spice said...

This looks like a perfect pick me up! I love citrus fruits, especially in peak season!

Katerina said...

What a coincidence I made an orange cake myself. Your crostata looks delicious and fruity!

Winnie said...

What a unique recipe!!
It looks soooooooo GOOD !!

Jess said...

Oh my! This sounds amazing! YUM!

Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

Con Delight said...

Wow! looks really good!
Have not eaten mandarin for a very long time, but it will probably go well with oranges, right?
Thanks, sharing on Facebook :-)

Erlene said...

This is a new twist for mandarin oranges. I've never eaten it baked. Thanks for sharing this unusual dessert on Merry Monday.

The Honeycomb Home said...

I love mandarins, thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!

Friday Feature Linky Party said...

Oh My What Goodness, this looks so Yumculicious!!!

Thank you for sharing on The Oh My Heartsie Girls WW this week!!!

Wishing you the best!!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

This looks delicious! :)

Britta said...

Sweet pictures and a really special looking dessert! I'll bet this is scrumptious! Thank you for submitting this post to the Family Fun Friday Linky Party! Your fabulous recipe will be featured for Family Fun Friday Foods! It will go live on on Thursday Feb 5, 2pm MST. Stop by a grab a button! Already pinned it too! :)

Klara said...

yummy! looks delicious, and I have no doubt it tastes delicious.

Rudbekia said...

Mniam delicus.

Vintage Style Gal said...

From someone who has tried to make a pie crust, and failed many times... yours is stunning! So beautiful. This recipe looks too good to eat, but I would like to try.

Esmé Slabbert said...

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This is a lovely free form tart - love it