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I love making simple desserts, and when I found out about galettes, I knew I would fall in love. Galettes are basically a simplified pie. Same type of fillings, same pie crust, but no pie plate is needed!
I started my galette adventure with a classic apple galette.
Let's start with the pie crust. Now you can use a premade pie crust, but I personally love homemade pie crust. It's also easy to make, so why not make your own?
Take the flour and salt, and you can add the sugar and cinnamon (these are optional add ins). Mix that all together. Add the cold butter that you cut into small chunks. Then cut in the butter into the flour mixture. You are essentially squishing the butter into the flour. You can use your hands to do this, or get a pastry blender. You will cut the butter until it is a little larger than the size of peas.
Add the cold water and mix until it is combined. Wrap up the dough and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours. You can go longer, or even freeze it.
When you are ready, roll it out onto a floured surface. It should be about 1/4" thick or so. Try to roll it out into as best a circle shape as you can.
Transfer the crust to a pan or stone and poke holes with a fork on the bottom of the crust.
Now it's time to make the filling.
Peel and slice your apples. Add them to a large bowl with the rest of the filling ingredients. Stir it really well so that everything gets distributed evenly and the apples get coated.
Pour the apples into the middle of the pie crust. Leave about 2" of space around the edge of the pie crust.
Fold the edge of the pie crust up and over the filling, but leave a circle of filling exposed in the middle. You'll fold the edge of the crust in all the way around. Don't worry if it's not perfect, that's the biggest appeal of Galettes, they don't need to look perfect. Brush the crust with milk or an egg wash (1 egg yolk with a splash of water).
Bake at 400 degrees F for about 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
Slice it and serve warm with some vanilla ice cream!
Apple Galette is a simplified apple pie. Delicious and easy to make!
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