A reader recently wrote me that she was starting a new site and she wanted some feedback. After talking she decided to share a delicious and simple apple galette recipe with my readers. So this tasty apple treat is from Kristin of Bake Like A Champ. I hope you enjoy apple desserts as much as I do because this one is a real keeper and easy to pull together quickly.
Simple Apple Galette
If you’re like me, you’re in the midst of figuring out what to serve all of your holiday houseguests this year! Or maybe you are just upping your baking game the next two months and you know you’re going to be delivering treats to friends and family. I’m doing both of those, and to be honest, all I really care about is making my baked goods look professional without having to spend all day doing it. I see so many fall-inspired recipes flying around the Internet these days. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for testing out chai spice, pumpkin spice, no-bake, cheesecake pie bars from Pinterest. Sometimes, all you want is a simple taste of fall, not mucked up with the trendy flavor of the moment. This Simple Apple Galette is just it! I can count the number of ingredients on one hand. That should tell you that all you’re going to taste is the simplicity of apples! I think the simplest desserts make the best ones, especially when this can be thrown together rather quickly. It looks super fancy too, so your friends and family will think you’re a baking genius!
The dough is fairly simple to put together. Once it’s chilled, we slice the apples. By the way, I have this nifty slicer found on Amazon here. If you don’t do much baking, it’s probably not worth it. However, if you make apple desserts every fall, this thing is sooo worth the $20. It took under a minute to peel, slice, and core these apples. I’m sharing my perfected apple pie recipe soon on BakeLikeAChamp.com, so check it out!
Now we have peeled apples! Save the peels and cores for making glaze later.
We roll out our galette dough fairly thin, and layer the apples on top of the dough!
Then we fold the edges up. Look how pretty! People pay big money at a bakery for something that looks like this!
Before it goes into the oven, we brush with melted butter and sprinkle a lot of sugar for some nice flavor!
Did I mention we use all the parts of the apples? How cool is that? While the galette is in the oven, we boil water, sugar, and the leftover apple peels and cores to make a yummy glaze. When the galette is cooled, brush or spoon a little of the glaze on the apples and crust.
Ta da! This looks so fancy, and it was so easy!
Simple Apple Galette Recipe
Adapted from Alice Waters
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
3 1/2 tablespoons chilled water
2 pounds granny smith apples, peeled, cored (save peels and cores), and sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup sugar
- Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. I used an electric mixer for this, but you could try mixing it by hand. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter. Blend until dough resembles coarse cornmeal. Add remaining butter; mix until biggest pieces look like large peas.
- Add water and stir until dough just holds together. Take the dough out of your bowl, and flatten into a 4-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You could refrigerate this overnight, but regardless, when you take it out of the fridge, let it soften for a few minutes so it’s malleable. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 14-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. Dust excess flour from both sides.
- Place dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Overlap apples on dough in a ring 2 inches from the edge. Continue inward until you reach the center. Fold the excess dough up towards the middle, crimping edges at 1-inch intervals. It doesn’t need to look perfect!
- Brush melted butter over apples and onto dough edge. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over dough edge and the other 3 tablespoons over apples. If you want your galette to taste a little more than just apples, feel free to add some cinnamon to the sugar here.
- Heat oven to 400°F. While the oven preheats, put the baking sheet with the galette on it in the fridge. When the oven is preheated, bake in center of oven until apples are soft, with browned edges, and crust has caramelized to a dark golden brown (about 45-50 minutes).
- To make the glaze, put reserved peels and cores in a saucepan, along with the sugar. Pour water in the pan, almost enough to cover the peels. Simmer for 25 minutes. Strain syrup so the apple peels and cores are discarded. You’ll have a lot of glaze. You will not use all of it.
- Remove galette from oven. Let cool at least 15 minutes. Brush glaze over tart. Slice and serve this simple apple galette by itself or a la mode.
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