Apple Galette

This galette is one of those desserts that anyone can do. This isn't a pie you need to fiddle with. It has simple yet rustic fold-over edges making it possible for anyone to achieve a marvelous looking tart.
This galette is here to prove that easy can look and taste great! The flaky crust is perfect with the sweet tart apples. The hint of cinnamon makes this galette seem like a good old fashioned Apple Pie, but without all that extra work. So, get your sleeves rolled up and put on an apron because it's baking time!

Apple Galette

1 1/2 cups                    a.p flour
1 tbsp                           granulated sugar
1/4 tsp                          salt
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp           butter
1 egg yolk
4-5 apples
1/2 cup                         brown sugar
1/2 tsp                          cinnamon
1/4 tsp                          nutmeg
pinch                            mace
pinch                            ginger
1 egg, beaten

In a food processor combine flour, granulated sugar and salt. Cut the 1/2 cup of butter into small cubes, add to flour mixture and pulse until it resembles coarse meal. With the motor running add the yolk and 3 to 4 tablespoons of water, process just until mixture comes together. Form dough into a flat disk and wrap in saran, chill until firm but pliable. Peel and core apples, cut each into 8 wedges. In a large saucepan melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, add the apples once foaming, stir every so often until slightly softened, 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle brown sugar and spices over apples, stir until smooth and bubbling. Remove from heat.
On lightly floured surface and with a floured rolling pin, roll dough out into a round, about 12 inches in diameter. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and transfer the dough onto it. Pour apple mixture into the center of the dough. Gently fold edges of dough over apple, pleating as you go, leaving an opening in the center. Brush pastry with beaten egg. Bake until pastry is golden brown, 40-45 minutes. Transfer galette to wire rack to cool. Serve slightly warm, enjoy!

This is too simple to pass up, a definite need to make. Serve this with vanilla ice cream for the perfect dessert!

Elanne Boake