One thing you will learn about me is that I am a no fuss girl. As much as I really do LOVE to bake, I am all about making things easy as pie (see what I did there?) This recipe for an Apple Galette is so easy even the person who NEVER bakes will be sure to impress. In my opinion, this is the perfect recipe if you are 1) not a baker or 2) in a hurry – and aren’t most people either one or the other? Plus, it is delicious and the perfect fall dessert. Yay – fall!
A Galette is basically just an upside down pie. You may see similar desserts with the names crostata or rustic tart and as far as I know they are all the same things. Upside down pies:-). I’m sure there is a more technical explanation but now you have mine.
While I am relatively capable of making pie crust from scratch I think that store bought pie crust works pretty darn well (no shame in the store brought crust here.) Trader Joe’s has a lovely pie crust, but for this Apple Galette I just used a Pillsbury crust. Bonus – they come in packages of two so you can make one for yourself and give one away (not that I gave any of this away:-).) If you want to make a crust from scratch you can find an easy recipe here.
One of the fun things about this recipe is that it is SO versatile. You can add pecans, raisins, or even some bourbon for a little kick. I would never stop you from drizzling a little caramel over the top of it, either. Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream because in my opinion pie is not worth eating if you don’t have a little cream of some sort. You can also add a little less sugar if you want to make it a little healthier. That is one of the reasons I love baking with fruit – the naturally occurring sugars very often mean you don’t need to add as much to the recipe.
If you are looking for some other easy fall desserts I have more recipe ideas for you below. Stay tuned for a post later this week from Marianne all about apples that will help you figure out what are the best ones for baking and which ones to save for lunches for the kids.
Apple Squares – Becki’s Whole Life
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars – Two Peas and their Pod
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting – Taste of Home
Spiced Apple Donuts – Sally’s Baking Addiction
- 1 recipe pie crust (you will only use 1 crust for this recipe)
- 1 1/2 cups apples (2-3 Granny Smith) - peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400
- Place rolled out pie dough on a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl use your clean hands to toss your sliced apples, flour, brown sugar and salt. Once all of the apples are coated place them in a pile in the middle of your pie dough leaving about a 1 1/2 inch edge.
- Fold the edges of the dough up just over the apples overlapping sightly.
- Cut the butter into little cubes and dot the apples with the little pats of butter.
- Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the unbaked galette.
- Bake for about 25 minutes until crust is a nice golden brown and apples are cooked - the filling will be bubbly. If the apples need to bake beyond 25 minutes turn the oven down to 350 and continue to bake checking every 5 minutes.