By Cheryl Strasser, Cowbell Kitchen

Cheryl made this dessert for the FRESHFARM Feast, serving it with Dolcezza pumpkin gelato and quince sorbetto. Visit any FRESHFARM market to pick out your favorite varieties of apples. Cheryl recommends getting a mix to get a nice sweet/sour balance!

Makes 6 - 8  individual galettes

Basic Pie Crust

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

METHOD
In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, salt, and sugar. Drop in super cold butter chunks; working fast with your fingers, combine the butter and flour mixture, breaking up the butter to the size of tiny peas. Add water slowly, mixing until dough comes together. Be careful not to add too much water or over-mix, which will make your dough tough. Less is more. Turn dough out onto plastic wrap and press into a disk. Wrap tightly and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Apple Filling 

INGREDIENTS
1 apple per galette (approx. 6 oz. per galette)
1/8 cup sugar
cinnamon to taste
1/8 cup all-purpose flour

METHOD
Peel and slice apples and place in mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon, adjusting amounts to taste. Sprinkle mixture over the apples and mix. Add flour and toss to coat evenly.
 
Assembling the Galettes

SUPPLIES & INGREDIENTS
Sheet tray with parchment paper
Pastry brush
Apple butter
Egg wash (1 egg whisked with a pinch of salt and water)
Raw sugar
Butter

METHOD
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Weigh out 2.5 ounces of pie dough per galette (or simply divide dough into 6 to 8 even portions). Use a sharp knife to cut off how many servings you are planning to bake. At this point the dough can be frozen up to a month. Wrap tightly and place in an airtight freezer bag. When you are ready to bake again place in refrigerator the day before.

Lightly flour your rolling surface--cold marble is the best! Place a portioned dough ball in the flour and roll out to approximately a 9 inch circle. Start in the center when rolling and make sure you spin your dough on the floured surface after you roll each time; you don’t want the dough to stick! If you need more flour lightly dust the surface. Don’t be nervous--it’s rustic so even if it looks messy it still will taste amazing. Plus pie dough senses fear!

Place your rolled-out disks on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread a dab of apple butter in the middle of the dough where the apples will be placed. Arrange cut apples in a circular pattern, leaving an outer edge of approx. 2 inches. Build up layers of apples until you get the look you want. Fold up the sides over the outer apples, forming a circular shape and leaving apple slices visible in the middle. Brush the top of the folded edge with egg wash and sprinkle raw sugar on washed edges. Place a dollop of butter in the center of each galette and bake. Check in 15 minutes and rotate your sheet tray to get even baking. Keep checking every 15 minutes, rotating tray each time, until crust is golden brown and firm to touch, about 30 to 60 minutes depending on your oven. The apples get a bit bubbly which is another sign they are ready. Serve warm with ice cream!
 


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