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Crostatine Morbide con Farina di Farro e Marmellata (Spelt flour Jam Tartlets)

Nicoletta January 27, 2019

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Crostatine Morbide con Farina di Farro e Marmellata (Spelt flour Jam Tartlets) are refined sugar-free, dairy-free and made with the wonderful spelt flour, an ancient grain full of nutritional properties. I used my dad’s homemade jams to seal the deal: cherry jam, apple pumpkin, and quince. Breakfast, dessert, or afternoon treat just got healthier and more delicious.

Song of the day: Happier – Marshmello ft. Bastille

Crostatine morbide farina di farro e marmellata

Like other things, I start to evaluate time the moment I am mostly missing it.



Between work and a “demanding” family, needy to see you and spend time with you because now you live on the other side of the world, time for baking has become a “mirage”.

I was getting itchy, the “baker’s withdrawal” getting the best of me. So, one gloomy Saturday morning, in my parents’ kitchen, with just my camera, tripod and tartlet pans brought from Canada, no props, background, or fancy baking tools, I set on creating these Crostatine Morbide con Farina di Farro e Marmellata (Spelt flour Jam Tartlets).

Crostatine morbide farina di farro e marmellata

Baking makes me happy, and baking with spelt flour makes me happier

Farro (spelt) flour is my favorite flour. I love the texture and flavor it gives any baked goods. I find it to be the easiest replacement for all-purpose flour (or double zero), 1:1, no adjustments required. Farro has a higher protein content than other types of wheat. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, but low in fat. However, spelt, just like the common soft wheat, contains gluten. It is therefore not suitable for those suffering from a celiac disease that follow a gluten-free diet. Those who are intolerant to wheat proteins may instead tolerate the proteins contained in spelt, which are easier to digest. My favorite farina di farro to buy, when I am in Italy, is from Molino Rossetto.

Crostatine morbide farina di farro e marmellata

A look at the ingredients

These Crostatine Morbide con Farina di Farro e Marmellata (Spelt flour Jam Tartlets) are made with the best ingredients I can find:

  • spelt flour,
  • honey,
  • vegetable oil,
  • eggs,
  • orange zest,
  • and baking powder.

To seal the deal, I used my dad’s amazing homemade jams. He uses only fruit and sugar in his jams and I’ve learned from him to avoid using pectin in my jams also. Many things I’ve learned from him.

Waste not want not. Praise to homemade jams

My father likes to make a lot of different kind of jams, according to the seasonal fruit he can find. He makes jam with fruits he forages from the countryside or from the fruit he buys in stock at the farmers’ markets, you know, those cases of fruit with blemishes, overripe, that would end up being thrown away. He is also the recipient of the surplus of homegrown fruit from friends and family. He is a believer of the motto “Reduce Reuse Recycle”, and for his jams, he uses a variety of recycled jars which fill a whole shelf of their pantry.

So many to choose from

I decided to use three different flavors with three different colors, from darker to lighter: cherry jam, quince jam, apple and pumpkin jam (which was a revelation and probably my favorite one). The jams almost stole the show to the Crostatine I made. Between the pastry and the jam, they gained a few admirers. The ones who were lucky to taste them had nothing but praises.

Crostatine morbide farina di farro e marmellata

The pastry dough is soft and fragrant

The dough of these Spelt flour Jam Tartlets is soft and fragrant from the orange zest. It might be trickier to lift, after rolling it, to put in the tartlet pan without breaking. No worries, patch any holes that might occur with your fingers, helping the dough adhere to the bottom and sides of the pan. Trim the edges, prick the bottom with a fork, and be generous with the jam filling.

Lattice top or cut out shapes?

At this point, you can make the typical lattice top or cut out shapes like I did to put on top. Making cut out shapes is definitely easier with this type of soft dough. A little rest in the fridge before baking is recommended but not mandatory. Then it’s time to bake them in the preheated oven. Every oven is different. In my parents’ oven, they were ready in 20 minutes. I would check them after the 20-minute mark but they might take longer in your oven. I am pretty sure in our oven in Canada they would take 25-30 minutes before getting that nice golden brown.


Jam Tartlets are good for dessert and also for breakfast

You might be surprised, but Crostatine like these, In Italy, are very common at colazione (breakfast). Caffellate (coffee and milk) and a crostatina (jam tartlet) is a typical breakfast, not only in my family but in many Italian families. “Sweet” breakfast is a common choice, and it is often made of homemade baked goods.

They are also good for merenda (afternoon snack), or dolce (dessert). Soft and crumbly, not too sweet, they are wholesome, nutritious, with a side of delicious.

Crostatine morbide farina di farro e marmellata

These Crostatine Morbide con Farina di Farro e Marmellata (Spelt flour Jam Tartlets) could be a lovely Valentine’s breakfast or dessert to share with your loved ones. The look and flavor will win your heart, put a smile on your face, and a spring in your step.


Song of the day: Happier – Marshmello ft. Bastille

Crostatine morbide farina di farro e marmellata

Crostatine Morbide con Farina di Farro e Marmellata (Spelt flour Jam Tartlets)

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 tartlets 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


Crostatine Morbide con Farro e Marmellata, Spelt flour Jam Tartlets, are refined sugar-free, dairy-free, made with spelt flour and homemade jams.


  • 250 g organic spelt flour + more for kneading
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • the zest of 1 organic orange
  • 100 g honey (I used Miele Millefiori)
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, organic free-range
  • 80 g vegetable oil (I used peanut oil)
  • jam


  1. I made the shortcrust pastry the old way, by hand, in a bowl. I placed the flour, a pinch of salt, the baking powder in the bowl and stirred.
  2. Then I added the honey, orange zest, egg and egg yolk, vegetable oil, and stirred with a fork.
  3. I poured the soft pastry onto a wooden board dusted with spelt flour and kneaded it gently and quickly until I formed a ball. Add a little more flour if too soft.
  4. I put the shortcrust pastry in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes and in the meantime, I greased and floured the tartlet pans with a removable bottom.
  5. After the resting time in the fridge, I placed the pastry on the floured work surface and rolled it with a rolling pin, dusted with a little flour.
  6. With the help of a ravioli or pizza cutter, I cut the circles of pastry dough, bigger than the circumference of the tartlet pan. I added them to the pans, patching the dough as it breaks (it is soft and delicate). I pricked the bottom with the tins of a fork.
  7. Then, I filled the tartlets with a couple of teaspoons of jam.
  8. I re-rolled the leftover scraps of pastry, I cut out hearts and placed them on the jam tartlets.
  9. I preheated the oven to 350 °F (180°C) and in the meantime, put the tartlets back in the fridge until the oven reached the temperature.
  10. I finally baked the tartlets for about 20 minutes or until nice and golden brown.
  11. Took them out of the oven and left them in their pan to cool, then removed from the pans and enjoyed them!
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    Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After January 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Baking is the best thing to do on a gloomy day. These tartlets are perfect and there’s something so special about eating your own little pie too!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

      I cannot but agree, Karrie! Baking brings sunshine to a gloomy day. As do these crostatine 🙂 . Thank you!

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    Reply annie@ciaochowbambina January 28, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Jam tartlet for breakfast….jam tartlet for dessert…you have made my day!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 29, 2019 at 12:01 am

      Thanks! They’re wholesome and healthier tartlet, although still delicious 😉 .

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    Reply Elaine Benoit January 29, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I love spelt flour! It’s my go-to flour when I bake! These tartlets look so delicious! Now to buy some little tart pans so I can make this!!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 29, 2019 at 10:01 am

      So happy to hear! I am a big fan of spelt flour! Those tartlets pans are great, I used them often.

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    Reply Gloria January 29, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I love the titles of your recipes. Makes me feel I am in Italy. These look and sound delicious. It would be hard to eat only one (and I know for sure hubby would eat 2)!! I have worked with spelt flour before, and it is fantastic. These would be perfect to “take along” to a pot luck.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 29, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Ah ah, Gloria, so glad you like them and feel like you’re in Italy. They are not too bad for you, so you could eat two 🙂 .

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    Reply Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen January 29, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I love baking when it’s cold and grey outside! These look so delicious, I’m looking forward to make a big batch of them!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 29, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Thank you! They are delicious and made with great ingredients.

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    Reply Corina Blum January 29, 2019 at 8:59 am

    I haven’t tried spelt flour yet but these look so tasty and that pastry sounds delicious! It’s definitely something I’ve got to get my hands on soon!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 29, 2019 at 10:39 am

      Hope you try spelt flour, it is truly amazing and so good for you. Thanks!

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    Reply Anna January 29, 2019 at 11:33 am

    spelt flour is also my go-to for baking! Your jam tartlets are looking adorable! I can only imagine how delicious they are!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 29, 2019 at 11:43 am

      So happy many are the ones who love and use spelt flour in their baking. Thank you!

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    Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop January 30, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I have not every used spelt flour. I will need to give it a try. These little tarts are adorable and I’ll bet they are delicious too. Glad you found some baking time!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Hope you try baking with spelt flour, you are going to love it! Thank you!

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    Reply Analida Braeger January 30, 2019 at 9:21 am

    What a beautiful treat to serve with afternoon tea. I always appreciate jam tartlets and your version is picture perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 30, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you, they would be great at tea time!

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    Reply Kiki Johnson January 31, 2019 at 4:31 am

    I have a bunch of sour cherry jam sitting in my pantry! This would be the perfect recipe. Love the sound of that spelt flour crust and the rustic look of these gorgeous little tarts!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 31, 2019 at 5:44 am

      I love sour cherry jam! I make it every summer! It would be perfect here.

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    Reply Amanda M Mason February 2, 2019 at 7:43 am

    These look so delish and I love the splash of orange!! I can see me and my daughter making these. She loves to bake and make things cute, which these totally are! Loving the versatility of the jams!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 2, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Thank you! That orange crust is amazing! Paired with the jam and the cuteness, they are loved by everyone 🙂 .

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    Reply Leslie Haasch February 3, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I love the little crust hearts on top – such a cute little touch!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 3, 2019 at 11:31 pm

      Yes, it’s a cute touch on some awesome little tarts 😉 . Thank you!

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    Reply Veronika's Kitchen February 3, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    These tartlets look so scrumptious! They will be perfect with my morning coffee!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 3, 2019 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you! They are indeed perfect with the morning coffee 🙂 .

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    Reply Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life February 4, 2019 at 12:33 am

    These little tarts look absolutely delicious! And I love the added detail with the little hearts on top. Adorable!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 4, 2019 at 1:21 am

      Thank you! They are delicious and most of all made with great ingredients! The hearts on top make them just cuter 😉

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    Reply Jagruti Dhanecha February 4, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Oh Gosh, these jam tartlets look so delicious! what a great way to celebrate V day or perfect for a coffee morning!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 5, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you! They are a great breakfast tart.

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    Reply Meghan September 5, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Oh I love the addition of orange zest to the crust. Sounds like perfection.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 5, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you! The orange zest adds a delightful touch to the crust and marries well with the jams.

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    Reply Natalie May 14, 2020 at 10:16 am

    We didn’t have spelt flour so used regular flour and it was amazing. I helped my 9 year old son make them & we made a video which I’ll tag you in (@sugarlovespices). The pastry was delicious! Thank you!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 14, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you so much for the feedback! Glad you enjoyed them. Making tartlets is such a nice actvity to do with kids! I can’t wait to see the video, thank you again!

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