Autumn Apple Galette

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Fall is officially here and it is time to bring out the comfort food and delicious pies and baking. These simple Autumn Apple Galettes are the perfect no fuss treat to add to your fall baking rotation!

I am so happy to be back! It has been three months since my last post, but it feels like we've packed a whole year into that time. Julian and I have moved from our little apartment in the city to the suburbs. We're staying at my parents' home until we buy our own house next year. While it has been an adjustment to get used to commuting to work again, it has been a lot of fun spending time with the family and having more space! The first thing I baked in my mom's kitchen was this apple galette for a Sunday dinner with everyone.

We are now into fall, which is apple season. I love the flavors that come out in the autumn with apple desserts, pumpkin spice, and other comfort foods! Fall is also my favorite fashion season for it's sweaters, jackets and boots. It is truly the best on a crisp day! So to celebrate fall, let's this easy peasy rustic apple galette in all of its autumn glory!

Sliced apples in a mixing bowl
Apples for our apple galette!


What is a Galette?

A galette is a French freeform or open style tart with a vegetable or fruit filling wrapped in a flaky crust. It has puff pastry crust folded over around the edges. They are usually round, but can also be square or rectangular.


I refer to this apple galette recipe as my lazy version of apple pie. The pie crust is extremely simple, since it is premade puff pastry that has been thawed at room temperature.


What do I Need to Make This Autumn Apple Galette?

While the full ingredients list is available in the recipe card below, here is a breakdown of what you will need to make this delicious French apple tart.

  • Puff pastry, thawed according to the package instructions and refrigerated to keep it cool before baking
  • Apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices
  • Brown sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • Egg
  • Coarse or granulated sugar
Apple Galette on decorative cake stand
Apple Galette on cake stand


What Type of Apples Should I Use?

In this dessert, delicious crisp apples are the star of the show! While you can probably use any type of apple, the best ones to use are ambrosia, gala, or granny smith apples. These types of apple have a more firm flesh that will hold during baking and are not too sweet to overpower the dessert. Note that granny smith apples will give a more tart flavor to your galette. Honorable mention goes to honey crisp apples. They are also one of my favorite apples!

Fall is officially here and it is time to bring out the comfort food and delicious pies and baking. These simple Autumn Apple Galettes are the perfect no fuss treat to add to your fall baking rotation!
apples on pastry
Apples on pastry

How to Prepare the Best Apple Galette

While the full recipe instructions are available below, here are some tips to make most delicious apple galettes!

  • One very important aspect of this recipe that we need to keep in mind is the pre-prepared puff pastry that we are using as our galette dough must be fully thawed, but also kept cool in the fridge. This is because the butter in the pastry needs to be cold and firm while baking. It will melt as the galette bakes, giving it that perfectly puffy and flaky crust!
  • So while we have our thawed pastry in the fridge, we will prepare our apple filling. First, you want to peel and core your apples, then cut them into thin slices. We will then mix the apple slices in a large bowl or medium bowl with the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and lemon juice using a slotted spoon. Trust me, the lemon juice and salt are very important, because they bring out the glorious apple flavor in this dessert.
  • Now that we have our filling prepared, we will put everything together! I find one of the easiest ways to assemble my galette is to set a large piece of parchment paper on a dry, smooth work surface. Sprinkle some flour on the parchment and place your pastry on top. Sprinkle a little more flour over the dough and using a rolling pin, roll it out to approximately a quarter inch thick. At this point, transfer the parchment with the dough onto your baking pan. This makes it easy to pop into the oven once we are ready!
  • Place the apple mixture in the center of the dough leaving an inch or so around the edges. Depending on the size of your puff pastry, the sliced apples will be enough to make one large or two small galettes. Now fold edges of dough over the apple mixture in the center. Pinch the points where the dough comes together as you fold it over. Now, place the cold butter cubes over the apples in the center of the tart. The butter will melt and give the apples the most incredible soft texture and full flavor.
  • Finally, make sure you've beaten your egg. I like to include the yolk as I find it gives more flavor and gets the crust a nice golden brown, but it is up to your personal preference whether to use the whole egg or egg whites. Using a pastry brush, brush egg wash over the folded edge of dough and sprinkle the coarse or granulated sugar over the egg wash. You will likely not need to use the whole egg or all of the sugar.
  • Bake until golden brown and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The end result is the perfect dessert using the season's best apples!
Apple galette on decorative cake stand
Apple galette on decorative cake stand


More of My Favorite Desserts For Fall

Here are some more of my favorite recipes that I think are the best part of the season!

Autumn Apple Galette

Fall is officially here and it is time to bring out the comfort food and delicious pies and baking. These simple Autumn Apple Galettes are the perfect no fuss treat to add to your fall baking rotation!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apples, peeled and cored and sliced thin (gala, ambrosia, or granny smith are best!)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 package puff pastry (1 large or two small sheets) thawed and kept cool in fridge
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp either granulated or coarse sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425F. In a large mixing bowl, toss the apples, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and lemon juice with a slotted spoon until the apples are well coated.
  2. On a floured piece of parchment paper, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and place the parchment and dough onto a baking sheet. Place the apple mixture in the center of the dough, leaving approximately one inch around the edges. Fold the dough in towards the center, leaving the middle area exposed. Place the cold butter on top of the apples in the center of the tart.
  3. Using a pastry brush, brush the folded edges of the dough with the beaten egg and sprinkle the sugar over the egg wash. You will likely not need to use all of the egg or sugar.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the pastry is puffy and golden brown and the apples are soft and fragrant. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

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