I love the fall and to celebrate its arrival my family and I went apple picking at a beautiful orchard not far from our home. Some of my favourite desserts to bake and eat are those made with apples, pumpkins and pears. Such treats are abundant this time of the year, and that makes me quite happy. Apple picking is a really great activity to do with the kids, my daughters and I had lots of fun.
These Spiced Apple Galettes makes a perfect fall dessert, they’re light, not overly sweet and are delicately spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The galettes have a simple rustic feel to them since the crust is free formed. I found this actually easier than using a pie dish! The crust is easy to make and comes out delicious and flaky, I used a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat pastry flour. For the apples, I used Empire and Macintosh, but you can use a variety of sweet and tart apples that you like.
This recipe makes one large or two small Spiced Apple Galettes. Looking for more apple dessert ideas? Try these Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes, they’re delicious!
Spiced Apple Galettes
- For the dough:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour 128 grams
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour 64 grams
- 3 tsp. granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 11 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, 160 grams or 5-1/2 oz.
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3 tbsp. milk
For the filling:
- 4 cups peeled thinly sliced apples
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 large egg white beaten well
- 2 tbsp. turbinado sugar
Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To make the dough:
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle, on low-speed, mix the flours with the sugar and salt.
Add in the cubed butter, and blend the flour with the butter for a couple of minutes until just small pieces of butter are visible and the flour sticks together when you hold it in your hand.
In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg yolk with the milk and add it to the flour mixture all at once while mixing on low-speed for about 15-20 seconds, or until the dough comes together.
If you want to make two smaller galettes, divide the dough in half and wrap each half with plastic wrap.
Let the dough rest in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
To make the filling:
In a medium sized bowl, combine the apples with the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, flour and salt. Mix well so that the apples slices are well coated with the sugar and spice.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for a couple of minutes. Flour your surface and roll out each half of dough (or just one, if you are making one large tart) into a disk that is just about 1/4″ thick.
Transfer the dough onto the lined baking sheet and top the centre of each dough disk with the apple slices.
Gather the dough around the apples by overlapping the creases of dough over each other slightly.
Whisk the remaining egg white (from the egg used in the dough) and brush the dough with it.
Sprinkle the top of the galettes with the turbinado sugar.
Bake the galettes on the baking sheet for 35 to 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
Let the galettes cool for 20 minutes before serving warm, or you can let it cool completely and serve it at room temperature.
You can make the dough the day before just make sure to remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit for 20 minutes (or until its pliable) at room temperature before you roll it out.