I’m here to share the perfect fall dessert, almost like a mini apple pie, that happens to be easier to make and difficult to mess up. Enter: the galette!
What is a galette? It is a french term for a cake or pie that doesn’t require a tin. It’s basically a free-form pie, a rustic tart and smaller and less time consuming take on a traditional pie. Galettes don’t need to be perfect circles. Part of their charm is being a bit scraggly I think.
Now just for fun and since I had a jar of my Salted Caramel Sauce in the fridge, I decided to drizzle some on top, but that is totally optional. Really truly the crust with the apples (tossed in a little cinnamon sugar,) are more than enough on their own. (Though a scoop of ice cream on top is highly recommended.)
Ingredients for Easy Apple Galette
- One layer of Pie Dough
- Apple Slices
- Brown Sugar
Supplies needed for Easy Apple Galette:
- Food Processor for crust (optional)
- Baking sheet
- Large bowl
- Plastic wrap
- Rolling Pin
Toss apples with cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice and set aside. Roll out your galette dough to a 12 inch circle and trim edges if desired. Layer apples starting in the center of the dough leaving a 3 inch border around the perimeter. Fold the edges in, overlapping them to form a raised crust. Transfer to a baking pan lined with a piece of parchment paper. Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired, and bake until golden brown.
Tips for making a flaky crust:
- Use all purpose flour (not bread or cake.)
- Use cold butter and cold water
- Sub some of the water for apple cider vinegar
- Break butter up with a food processor, your hands, a pastry cutter, or two knives, but make sure to not handle it so much the butter gets warm.
- Chill dough for an hour before rolling out for your galette.
What are the best apples for this Easy Apple Galette recipe?
I think different varieties of apples are ideal here. I like a mix of honey crisp, granny smith, gala and pink lady
What to serve with this Apple Galette?
I like to serve it room temperature with whipped cream or warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A drizzle of salted caramel sauce is delicious too!
Do I have to use homemade pie crust? Or can I use store bought crust or puff pastry?
Sure. I think both would work fine here
Other favorite apple desserts:
Apple Cinnamon Cake with Brown Butter Frosting, Rosemary Apple Pie, Salted Caramel Apple Crisp
- 1 9 inch round of pie crust * (link for my fave in notes!)
- 4 medium sized baking apples
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of butter cut into bits
- Ice cream and caramel sauce for topping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- On a well-floured surface, roll your crust out to a 12-inch circle (or so, it doesn't need to be perfect.) trim edges of the circle if you'd like. Place crust on a piece of parchment paper.
- Toss apples with the cinnamon and sugar, and arrange them in the middle of the crust, leaving a border of at least an inch around the edge.
- Fold the crust in, overlapping the apples.
- Dot the apples with the butter
- Transfer to a rimmed cookie sheet, and bake for about an hour, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling.
- Enjoy warm with caramel sauce and/or ice cream if desired.
*For an extra flakey crust I used my standard favorite pie crust but subbed half the ice water for apple cider vinegar- the result was amazing!