Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Galette

This looks beautiful and is seriously the easiest thing to make!! I had a lot of apples, and was in the mood for an apple pie. So I was looking at one of my favorite websites, Pinch My Salt, for a recipe for apple pie. I found this delectable looking thing, called a Galette, which I had never heard of, and she called it the No Fear Apple Pie. Sounds good to me! I was prepared to make a pie crust from scratch, but this is even easier!!
Since she posted it in blog style, and not a formal recipe, I will try to break it down for you, but here is her site if you just want to read her rendition!! With pretty pictures!!

1. Start by peeling, coring, and slicing about 4 apples. My apples were really small so I used about 6, and I probably could have used even more since there was so much crust!! Mix the apple slices in a bowl with about a 1/4 cup of sugar, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a tablespoon of flour.
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
3. For the Galette pastry:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chilled butter, cut into pieces (one stick)
3 Tbs. ice water

Pulse flour and salt in a food processor to combine. Add in the butter and pulse until the largest pieces are about the size of peas. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, and pulse to mix. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a whisk, your fingers, or a pastry cutter.
4. Dump the flour and butter mixture on a floured surface and press into a disc shape. You can wrap this up and refrigerate for a couple of days, or continue on to use it immediately. Roll the dough into a large circle, using flour on the rolling pin and on top of the dough to prevent sticking. Roll it to about 1/8 inch thick, patching any holes.
5. Wrap the dough around your rolling pin and transfer it to your cookie sheet. It's fine if it overlaps the cookie sheet, it is suppose to!!
6. Add the apple mixture into the center, and drop a few small pieces of butter over them, if desired. Now, fold the pastry over the apples in a circle formation, leaving the center uncovered. Patch any holes so that the apple filling doesn't run out during cooking.
7. Beat one egg with a splash of water and brush over the top of the pastry. Sprinkle some sugar over the whole thing if desired.
8. Bake at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes!

It seriously does not take much time, and it is as good as an apple pie!! Great with vanilla ice cream!! I know I'm apple-ing everyone out. Don't worry, it's almost over!!