There are recipes that can arouse memories and bring you back to pleasant moments, how that can happen I don't know: the smell, the flavors, is just magic. To me Nutella (chocolate spread) is one of those things that reminds me my childhood. I remember once I tried to steal a big jar of Nutella from the cabinet. It was too high for me and the jar fell to the ground. End of the story.... You don't want to know what was the consequence! Well the good memory is this cake, and is what I keep baking for my pleasure since then.
Make a 9 inches tart| 1 hour
250 gr ( 8.8 ounces) Pastry Flour or All Purpose Flour
100 gr ( 3.5 ounces) Sugar
150 gr ( 5.3 ounces) Butter, cold from the refrigetator
2 big Yolks
pinch of Salt
1/2 lemon zest
For the filling:
400 gr Nutella ( 14 ounces) or Chocolate Spread
90 gr ( 3.2 ounces) butter melted
In a medium bowl mix flour, lemon zest and butter using your fingertips. Reduce the flour and butter into little crumbs. Add the sugar and mix. Add the yolks and mix using a fork. Dump the crumbs on lightly floured surface and knead about 3 minutes or until dough holds together and is pliable. Make it as quickly as possible and just to have the dough together. TIP: cool down your hands, before kneading, in a bowl of icy water to keep them cold. If the butter warms up your dough is not going to be pliable.
Shape dough into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inches fluted pan with removable bottom or a classic ceramic tart pan. Roll the dough into a circle to fit the pan about 1/4 inch thick. Place the dough into the prepared pan and cut the edges cleanly with a sharp knife.
Prepare the filling. Melt the butter using microwave or Bain Marie method. Pour the Nutella in a medium bowl. Slowly add the melted butter into the Nutella and mix until completely incorporated. Spread the Nutella cream evenly over the crust. Roll out and cut the remaining dough into strips to decorate the top of the Crostata.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the dough is light brown.