Apple Galette

    Apple Galette

    Confession – I am becoming obsessed with French Baking these days. I have always believed that no one talks desserts like the French do. All their desserts are so sophisticated and so delicious. I have always been drawn by the art of french pastry making, it fascinates me a lot. Macarons are gorgeous, so are their tarts and their breads? Ahh breathtaking! Sometimes I feel like running to Paris to learn it all. If only it was that easy, in fact I haven’t even been to Paris once! But one can always dream right?

    I had tons of apples at home and I was constantly thinking what to do with them. Should I make pancakes or apple crisp or cupcakes but eventually I decided on Apple Galette, thanks to the french baking obsession!

    Considering all my knowledge of french baking comes from books and internet, I am not sure how authentic it is. And so I am sure this recipe of apple galette is not as authentic as it should be but anyway I went ahead and made it and authentic or not it turned out super delicious. Galettes are similar to tarts except that they are rustic in look and are free form while tarts are made in tart pans. I think the fact that they are rustic is probably the best part about them, seriously I had fun rolling the dough because I didn’t have to make it look perfect.

    Rustic Apple Galette

    Galette has a flaky buttery crust and so obviously the recipe calls for chilled butter. Here’s what I do, take out the butter from the referigerator and cut it into small cubes. I then place the butter cubes in a bowl, cover with a cling sheet and place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. When you bake, the fat in the butter evaporates which leads to steam, leading to air pockets resulting in a flaky texture. Ice cold water is used so that fat doesn’t begin to melt until the dough is baked.

    I think galettes make great desserts for any holiday party or just about any party. Why? 1) they look sophisticated but in reality are very easy to make 2) they aren’t really sweet compared to cakes, ice creams and cupcakes. It’s like the perfect light dessert to finish off your heavy dinner. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Divine!

    French Apple Galette

    I applied some apricot jam over the dough before placing the apples but that’s totally optional. You can put apple slices directly over the dough. Next I’m going to try this with almond cream, bet that would taste amazing!

    Have a good weekend you all!

     

    Method

    In a bowl whisk together all purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt and lemon zest.

    Take 9 tablespoons of chilled/frozen unsalted butter [cut into cubes] and cut it into the flour with a pastry cutter. You can also use your hands or fork to do the same. Also, you can grate the frozen butter and mix in the dough.

    Cut the butter till the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.

    Apple Galette-Recipe-Step-1Add ice water, little by little till the mixture starts coming together as a dough.

    Transfer dough to a plastic wrap sheet and shape it in a disc form.

    Wrap the dough and chill in the refrigerate for 1-2 hours. I chilled mine for an hour.

    Apple Galette-Recipe-Step-2While the dough chills, peel and core your apples.

    Cut apples into slices of 1/8 inch thickness. Add granulated sugar and cinnamon powder and mix. Set aside.

    Take out the chilled dough and sprinkle some flour on your working surface. Also sprinkle some flour on top of the dough.

    Apple Galette-Recipe-Step-3Roll the dough into a 25 cm circle of 1/4 inch thickness. Don’t try to make this perfect and all round, this is supposed to be rustic.

    Using the rolling pin transfer the dough onto an un-rimmed baking pan lined with parchment paper.

    Apply apricot jam in the center of the dough leaving around 2 inch border.

    Apple Galette-Recipe-Step-4Arrange apples in concentric circles as seen in the picture.

    Arrange apples in a similar way inside, filling up the entire dough.

    Now overlap and fold the dough so that it covers the apples. Press the dough where it overlaps.

    Apple Galette-Recipe-Step-5Take little milk in a bowl and apply the milk with a pastry brush all over the folded dough crust and NOT over the apples.

    Sprinkle turbinado (raw) sugar on the folded dough.

    Bake at 400 F degrees for 25 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 F degrees and bake for additional 30 minutes.
    Apple Galette-Recipe-Step-6Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on top!

    Apple Galette Recipe

    * The dough can be made in advance and frozen. That way you can make & eat galette whenever you want to.

    * You can use egg wash to brush the dough in the end, I used simple milk.

    Apple Galette

    Flaky, buttery Apple Galette. Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 341 kcal
    Author: Manali
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    Ingredients

    Crust

    • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
    • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small cubes
    • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
    • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • cup ice water
    • milk, to brush the crust
    • turbinado sugar, to sprinkle [raw sugar]

    Filling

    • ¼ cup apricot jam
    • 3 apples, peeled & cored, cut into ⅛ inch thick slices
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
    • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

    Instructions

    1. In a bowl whisk together all purpose flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest.
    2. Take 9 tablespoons of chilled unsalted butter [cut into cubes] and cut it into the flour with a pastry cutter. You can also use your hands or fork to do the same.
    3. Cut the butter till the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.
    4. Add ice water, little by little till the mixture starts coming together as a dough.
    5. Transfer dough to a plastic wrap sheet and shape it in a disc form.
    6. Wrap the dough and chill in the refrigerate for 1-2 hours. I chilled mine for an hour.
    7. While the dough chills, peel and core your apples.
    8. Cut apples into slices of 1/8 inch thickness. Add granulated sugar and cinnamon powder and mix. Set aside.
    9. Take out the chilled dough and sprinkle some flour on your working surface. Also sprinkle some flour on top of the dough.
    10. Roll the dough into a 25 cm circle of 1/4 inch thickness. Don't try to make this perfect and all round, this is supposed to be rustic.
    11. Using the rolling pin transfer the dough onto an un-rimmed baking pan lined with parchment paper.
    12. Apply apricot jam in the center of the dough leaving around 2 inch border.
    13. Arrange apples in concentric circles starting from out and then going inside and filling the center. [see pictures]
    14. Now overlap and fold the dough so that it covers the apples. Press the dough where it overlaps.
    15. Take little milk in a bowl and apply the milk with a pastry brush all over the folded dough crust and NOT over the apples.
    16. Sprinkle turbinado (raw) sugar on the folded dough.
    17. Bake at 400 F degrees for 25 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 F degrees and bake for additional 30 minutes.
    Nutrition Facts
    Apple Galette
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 341 Calories from Fat 153
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 17g26%
    Saturated Fat 10g63%
    Cholesterol 45mg15%
    Sodium 101mg4%
    Potassium 130mg4%
    Carbohydrates 44g15%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 17g19%
    Protein 3g6%
    Vitamin A 575IU12%
    Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
    Calcium 15mg2%
    Iron 1.6mg9%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

    39 thoughts on “Apple Galette

    1. French baking is definitely a wonderful thing to be obsessed with! I absolutely love the rustic look of a galette and yours is just gorgeous… The choice of apricot jam is brilliant and I bet it really complements the apples. Thanks for the recipe, Manali! Keep the French recipes coming:)

    2. I love your step-by-step photos, Manali! So awesome. And this galette does look perfect. So many things to do with apples, and you picked one of the best!

    3. Beauty! I love pies, tarts, galettes, anything with a short crust, and I so want to make everything with apple right now. I think the best part about galette is that it feels more like a casual dessert, whereas pie feels more formal. I dunno, maybe just me 😀

    4. I saw this on a buzzfeed post and have it baking in the oven as I type this! It was incredibly easy. I made it w my teenage son for some holiday bonding time and to teach him some cooking techniques before he goes off to college! I WILL be making this again! And it will be easy to use different variations.
      We are serving ours with option caramel drizzle and vanilla bean ice cream! ?

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