Monday, October 13, 2008

Apple Galette

A Galette (gah-leht) is a french dish that is much like a tart, only free formed. I made one last night with some of my FRESHLY PICKED APPLES and it seemed to be a total hit amongst my friends. It was fairly easy, fairly quick, and, as my brother would say, it was REDICULICIOUS.

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chilled butter
2 Tbsp ice water

Between 5-8 peeled, cored, sliced apples
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp flour

1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon/sugar mixture

Mix together flour and salt thoroughly and then cut in butter one tablespoon at a time until the flour/butter mixture looks like there are pea sized chunks throughout (using a KitchenAid or food processor is easiest but you can easily use a nice strong fork to cut in the butter). Then add the ice water a few teaspoons at a time until you have a nice, smooth dough.

Roll out the dough into a round shape on a floured surface.

After your apples are peeled, cored, and sliced into apple-pie-style pieces, throw them in a bowl with the sugar, cinnamon, and flour and mix by hand until all the apple pieces are covered. Pour your apples onto the center of your pastry dough and fold outer edges toward the center.

Brush egg yolk over the folded edges, pour 1 Tbsp butter over apples peaking out of the center, and lightly sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the top of it all.

Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until the crush has browned and the apples are bubbly. It's delicious! Eat warm with a dolop of ice cream! Enjoy!

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