Recipe: Apple Galette

A galette is a French-term for a free-form pie or crust. It can be savory or sweet (like this apple version). I had some extra pie crust (the same recipe I used for my first apple pie) in the freezer and a bunch of Granny Smith apples so I wanted to whip something up that was fairly quick and easy.

Apple Galette
I just downloaded the Epicurious app for my iPhone and I stumbled across this recipe – an adaptation of the apple galette from the chic and historic Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. It takes a simple crust recipe and layers on thin slices of apples, a little bit of apricot and voila! You have a great fall recipe to use up some of those tasty apples.

Ingredients (for crust)

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) ice water

Ingredients (for filling)

  • 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • Whole milk (I used half and half)
Instructions
To make the crust (I had some already made from my pie recipe but you could also substitute your own favorite crust or use this recipe): Blend flour and salt in food processor. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse sand. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and blend just until dough begins to clump together, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour. Note: You can make this 2-3 days in advance. Be sure to keep it chilled. You could also freeze your dough and then thaw when ready to use. Let soften at room temperature so it’s easier to roll out.

Roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper to 1/8-inch-thick round, to about 14-inches in diameter. Remove top sheet of parchment. Using bottom sheet as aid, transfer dough on parchment to large baking sheet. Chill while making the filling.

To make the filling: Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine apple slices, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon peel in medium bowl; toss to blend. Spread preserves over crust, leaving 1 1/2-inch plain border. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles atop preserves, overlapping slightly. Using parchment as aid, fold plain crust border up over apples, pinching any cracks in crust. Brush crust with milk. Sprinkle crust edges and apples with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking until crust is golden, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven. Slide long thin knife between parchment and galette. Let stand at least 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature. (This went perfect with the Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls ice cream, too!)

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