a whole apple galette, baked on parchment paper
Apple Galette

Apple Galette is an open-faced, free-form apple pie - no need for a pie pan!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: apple galette
Author: Leona Konkel
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter or margarine (cold)
  • 3 tablespoons cold water (plus another teaspoon as necessary)
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 firm apples (we used freshly picked Golden Delicious)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Sift together flour and salt. Cut in part of the margarine with a pastry cutter or 2 knives until butter disappears into flour and looks like crumbs. Cut in rest of butter until you have pea-sized pieces. Stir in 3 tablespoons water gently with a fork until a dough forms. Add up to 1 teaspoon more cold water if there's still dry crumbs. Do not overmix. Use your hands to form a ball of dough. Flatten it into a disc and and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the dough hydrate and become easier to roll out.
  2. Remove the dough from the fridge. Unwrap plastic wrap and cover dough with another piece of plastic wrap. Roll out dough between the two layers of plastic wrap into an 11- or 12-inch round. Carefully transfer to a baking sheet.
Filling and Assembly
  1. Brush dough lightly with melted butter and sprinkle with the tablespoon of sugar. Core, peel and slice apples to 1/8-inch thickness. (We peeled, then halved, then cored, then sliced the apples; you don't have to turn them into rings.) Arrange apple slices in circles on the dough, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. (We had about a quarter of an apple leftover.) Fold the dough border over the apples. Brush with all but 2 teaspoons of the remaining butter. Combine the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the pastry.
  2. We baked it at 425F for 20 minutes, until the pastry just began to brown. Then we dialed back the heat to 350F and baked it for another 11 or 16 minutes (I can't remember which!). The recipe in the book said to bake it for 5-10 minutes, while the recipe online says 20-30. Our apples began to brown, and we decided we didn't want them to burn. After removing the galette from the oven, we brushed it with the remaining butter and let it cool before serving.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from the Joy of Cooking