Homemade French Apple Galette


Last week, I wanted to make a simple, rustic dessert and my mom really wanted peaches. I immediately had the idea do make an easy, peach galette  but when we got to the grocery store, there were no peaches (or any stone fruit) to be found so we settled on apples instead which ended up being incredibly delicious.

All you need for the apple galette is a pre-made pie crust (a round one that you can roll out as opposed to one already in a pie tin), about 4-5 large apples, lemons, cinnamon, butter or Earth Balance, and good sugar. 

After allowing to thaw, roll out your pie crust on a baking sheet or stone. Meanwhile, prep the apples by peeling and coring 4-5 large apples then slicing fairly thin. Place apples in a bowl and mix with about 1/4 cup of your favorite sugar, about 2 tbsp lemon juice, and cinnamon. Mix until all of the apples are coated. 

Then, artfully arrange the apple slices in the crust leaving about an inch of space between the apples and the edge of the crust. I chose a spiral design, but use your creativity! After the apples are arranged, fold up the edges of the crust. You can also get creative with your design here. Instead of an egg-wash, I lightly brush the edges of the crust with melted Earth Balance and then put it in the oven for about an hour. 

Once you take the galette out of the oven, my trick is to sprinkle it with a bit of sugar and lemon juice while it's still hot. This will add an extra level of flavor! 

My favorite thing about galettes is that you can make them with just about anything you have on hand as long as you have a pie crust (or are able to make your own). You can use any fruits you have on hand or even make a savory galette with vegetables, cheese, and herbs!