Storified by Arya McLean· Fri, Mar 29 2013 17:33:27
Crustata is an Italian tart; some describe it as part pie, part cake. Made with ricotta cheese, and (often) jam, crustata is a not-too-sweet dessert, easy gourmet food recipe. Chef Joe Calabro’s version features the classic ricotta and eggs, but also lemon and orange zest (finely grated peel) and golden raisins.
Once the filling is in the tart pastry and the lattice top is in place, brush an egg wash over it. This gives the finished crustata a golden appearance, as well as a tender flakiness. To make an egg wash, begin by breaking an egg into a bowl. If desired, add just a little bit of milk or water to thin the egg slightly. Whisk the egg. Use a pastry brush to apply the wash over the pastry before placing it in the oven.