Bring the cool weather classic treat indoors with this apple galette! A flaky, buttery pie-like crust with lots of sweetened fresh apple slices and baked until the fruit becomes tender, and the crust turns golden brown.
It feels like summer, and it does not feel like summer. What a year! But I love it. The weather is getting warmer but it still stays cool for at least the next couple days. To be honest, I am ready for the hottest season to come but right now I just want to enjoy the cool breeze as much as possible.
It’s not fall yet, but soon as my aunt sent me a huge bag of fresh apples, I knew they were going to be good desserts. Like this apple galette. The fresh, juicy apple slices are wrapped and baked in a flaky, golden brown pie crust.
EASY APPLE GALETTE
Galette, translated to ‘flat round cake of pastry’ is like a humble pie crust. The good thing when making galette is that there is no fussy technique: No crimping decoration, no lattice work. It is simple and rustic: just roll out some pie dough and fill it with fruits before curling the edges back up over the juicy filling. If you have your own good pie crust, you have the whole process halfway done. And if you are still looking for the best pie crust that works every single time, I have one for you.
For the best flavor, you should use fresh and juicy apples. They can be either sweet or tart or both depending on your personal taste. I prefer a sweet-tart flavor so I would go for Honeycrisp apples.
I recommend making the filling before pulsing the pastry dough. You simply mix sliced apples with granulated sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and a bit of lemon juice. You can alternate nutmeg, all spice or ginger if you prefer to.
You can serve this classic apple galette with whipped cream or ice cream for the ultimate treat.
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For Pie Crust
- 1 1/4 cups (325g) all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon (15g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 sticks/113 grams) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch small cubes
- 4-5 tablespoons (60-75 ml) very cold water, preferably iced water
For Filling and Brushing
- 3 large sweet-tart apples*
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) freshy squeezed lemon juice
- 3-4 tablespoons (40-50g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Whole milk to wash the crust
- Make The Filling: In a medium bowl, combine apple slices, granulated sugar, lemon juice, ground cinnamon and ground cardamom and toss to blend. Set aside.
- Make Pie Crust: Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds until combined (If you don’t have a food processor, you can do the whole process by hand in a mixing bowl). Add cold butter cubes and pulse until mixture becomes crumbly and resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons of cold water and pulse a few times to combine, adding more water as needed, one tablespoon at a time and keep pulsing until the dough starts to form. The dough at this time should be quite crumbly but still can hold together when you pinch it with your fingers. Do not process to the point that a large ball of dough is formed.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface and form into a ball. Use your hand to flatten slightly to form a 1-inch thick disc. Wrap the disc with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.
- Place a disc of dough in between sheets of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin dusted with flour, rolling outwards from the center of the dough with an even pressure to make a large circle, around 12-inch in diameter. Remove the top sheet of parchment, then transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange apple slices in a circular pattern onto the crust, overlapping slightly, leaving about a 2-inch edge uncovered with apples. Using parchment as aid, fold the edge over the apples to seal. Start at one point in the round then move around the crust folding up about every 3-inches. Brush crust with milk. Sprinkle crust edges with sugar if desired.
- Bake the apple galette for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the fruit becomes tender. Remove the galette from the oven and let it cool before slicing.
- Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired.