One of the most challenging parts of having a baking blog is deciding what you want to make. Sometimes I have an inspiration or a vision and I know exactly what I want to bake. More often than not, I get a recipe suggestion from a friend or family member who stumbled upson something that they really liked. Not that long ago, my blogging friend Tracy Lee Karner had the ingenious idea to give out free ideas for one of her blog posts. I puzzled over what I should ask for, and finally decided that I would request a recipe. She came up with the great idea for this country apple galette.
This simple baked apple dessert is the perfect ode to fall for my blog this year. Fall is easily my favorite season. With the delicious flavors of squash, pumpkins, cranberries, and apples—fall is paradise for a baker. This pizza-style galette is made with a simple and versatile pastry dough that comes together in a food processor in less than 20 seconds. It can be filled with any mixture of fruits or vegetables that inspires you while you’re in the kitchen. And because the tart is free form, you can shape the pastry into a round or rectangle.
Country Apple Galette Recipe
Adapted from Jacques Pépin
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup ice water
4 Golden Delicious apples
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey, preferably wildflower
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
In a food processor, combine the flour with the sugar, salt and butter and process for about 5 seconds. Sprinkle the ice water over the flour mixture and process until the pastry just begins to come together, about 10 seconds; you should still be able to see small pieces of butter in it. Transfer the pastry to a work surface, gather it together and pat into a disk. Wrap the pastry in plastic or wax paper and refrigerate until chilled. (You can also roll out the pastry and use it right away.)
Peel, halve and core the apples and slice them crosswise 1/4 inch thick. Set aside the larger center slices and coarsely chop the end slices and any broken ones; about half of the slices should be chopped. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
Preheat the oven to 400°. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pastry to a 12-by-14-inch rectangle and transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. Spread the chopped apples over the pastry to within 1 inch of the edge. Drizzle the honey over the chopped apples. Decoratively arrange the apple slices on top in concentric circles or in slightly overlapping rows. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the apples and dot with the pieces of butter. Fold the pastry edge up and over the apples to create a 1-inch border.
Bake the galette for about 1 hour, until the pastry is nicely browned and crisp and all of the apples are tender. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the galette cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Heather’s Helpful Hints
If you’d like to save some time, the buttery pastry can be made ahead and then refrigerated overnight.