There is something truly special about the simple combination of apples, butter and sugar; comfort food at its’ best. These days, I often skip dessert, opting for fresh fruit after my usually gluttonous meals. But when that Autumn perfume of fresh baked pie began to waft through my house, and I took a nibble of apple and crust, I could not keep myself from finishing an entire 8-inch galette all by myself. This pie is that good!
Makes 2 8-inch galettes
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick butter, softened and cut into pieces
3 tablespoons ice water
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
For Brushing Before Baking:
2 tablespoons butter, melted (for brushing)
1 tablespoon sugar
For the Filling:
2 apples (your choice), peeled, cored and sliced
(reserve peels & cores)
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Apple Glaze:
Apple cores and peels
1/2 cup sugar
Blend flour, sugar, salt, zest and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a food processor until dough resembles coarse cornmeal. Add remaining butter; mix until biggest pieces look like large peas. This will take about 10 seconds. Add the cold water in dribbles until the dough begins to hold together.
Divide the dough in two and wrap in plastic. Press the dough down to flatten them and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
While the dough is firming up in the fridge you can make the apple glaze. Place the cores, peels and sugar in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the syrup.
Toss the apples with the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
Prheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove dough from fridge and sit between two pieces of floured plastic wrap. Start rolling your dough by pressing down lightly with a rolling-pin and moving it from the center out. Roll it a few times in one direction, lift it up and rotate it a quarter-turn, roll again, flip it over and do the same on the other side. Continue in this way, rolling, lifting, rotating and flipping the dough until it begins to form a thin roughly shaped 10-inch disk. Repeat with other dough.
Grease a baking sheet. Remove plastic and transfer both disks of dough to the baking sheet. Arrange the apple filling in the center of each dough about an inch from the edge. Fold the edges of the dough over the apples to enclose.
Brush the galettes with the melted butter and sprinkle with the sugar.
Bake 45 minutes, rotating every 15 minutes.
Remove the galettes from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 15 minutes. Brush galettes with the apple glaze and serve!