Apple Galette – a fall Favourite! Apples are bathed in butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Then, they are wrapped in a buttery pastry blanket. It’s baked until the pastry is golden and the apples are softened. Just don’t forget the ice-cream!
Hey everyone! Bringing you an easy recipe today – a rustic Apple Galette! I’m on an apple kick lately! Earlier this week, I brought you a lovely mixed green salad featuring apples from our very own garden and a delicious artisanal Canadian cheese. Today? Apples in dessert form…after all it’s almost Friday so it’s time to celebrate 😉 And it’s Thanksgiving in the US so a big Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! Eat some turkey….and LOTS of dressing (aka stuffing) with gravy for me!
The Key to Flakey Pastry
The main thing with the pastry is to try to keep the butter as cold as possible at all times. So, I start with cold butter, grate it into the flour mixture, combine and minimally handle when forming into a ball. It’s placed in the freezer for a couple of times (ensuring the butter stays cold) before finally going into the oven. This is what keeps the crust flakey and buttery.
I have a confession. I’m not the most patient person in the world. Hubby and I have so much in common, but one place where we differ is patience. He is born with it. Me? More times than not, I want things finished before I even start. Patience is not a strong suit of mine.
Apple Galette – an Easy Alternative to Apple Pie
Enter Apple Galette. What I enjoy about this recipe (aside from the taste) is that the pastry is no fuss, no muss. You roll it out, place the apple mixture in the centre and wrap the pastry around, rustic style…nothin’ to it! Don’t forget to brush the pastry with an egg wash and a little bit of sugar before you bake!
I love easy recipes like this one that can be prepped in very little time. If you have guests coming for dinner, you could have your pastry ready to go (just keep in the fridge until ready to use) and prep the apples when it’s just about go time. Imagine the scent wafting through your home as this bakes…your guests will never want to leave!
I garnished this one with some walnuts for an extra bit of flavour and texture. How can you go wrong with fruit and nuts anyway?!
Vanilla ice-cream is not necessary here, but totally recommended. It’ll melt on the warm galette and create a lovely ‘sauce’, perfect with a cuppa coffee or tea. Enjoy!
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- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter -this is 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp (cold)
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg -you won't need the full egg
- 1 tsp turbinado sugar -or regular sugar
- 4 cups apples -roughly peeled and sliced, about 3 apples
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground clove
- pinch salt
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp walnuts -roughly chopped, optional
- ice cream -optional
- Using a box grater on largest hole, grate butter into flour. Add milk and salt. Using two knife or a pastry cutter, cut butter into flour (it will be clumpy). Then, form into a ball with your hands. It may seem dry at first but comes together. Freeze for 5-10 minutes to get butter cold again. NOTE: If you have a food processor, this is the best method to mix the pastry. Put the flour, the grated butter, salt and milk in the processor and blend just until a ball forms. Easy peasy.
- Remove pastry from freezer. On a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin, roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick and 10-12 inch diameter. Carefully place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze for another 5-10 minutes.
- Combine apples with remaining ingredients (except butter) and stir to combine.
- Place apple mixture in centre of pastry and bring sides up to wrap around apples (if the dough is too stiff from being in the freezer, wait a minute or too). If there isn't a big enough 'hole' showing apples, just trim some pastry. Tear the 1 tbsp. of butter into a few pieces and sprinkle over top of apples.
- Whisk egg in a small bowl with a fork and brush all over pastry. There will be extra egg that you can use for something else. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over pastry. Bake in a 400F oven on a parchment lined baking sheet for 40 minutes, turning halfway.
- Carefully remove from oven and sprinkle with walnuts (optional) and serve with ice-cream. Enjoy!