Thursday, October 6, 2011

Like Pie? Your New Favorite Word is: Galette

You're thinking, "I'm pretty sure my favorite word is still 'swizzle stick'.", but trust me, "galette" is going to be at least in the top ten. I've previously posted my apple pie recipe, which, though delicious, makes a lot of pie, takes a lot of time, and really isn't practical for a weeknight. "Galette" is a word that the French use to describe a lot of flat desserts, but this recipe is for a flat, one crust sorta pie. And if you use ready made pie crusts, it's ridiculously easy to throw together.

You'll need:
2-3 Tart Baking Apples, like Granny Smith

1 Ready Made Pie Crust

2 Tbsp. Sugar

1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger

Pinch Clove

1 Tbsp. Butter

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with some parchment paper. Yes, you have to. You can find some in the baking aisle of your grocery store. Then unroll your ready made pie crust. Yup. It's that easy. You didn't even need a pie plate!

Now, peel, core, and slice your apples. In this one, the apples show, so it helps if you're careful and make nice even slices, while keeping the apple half together, as pictured to the left. You'll see in a second why.


Try to place them artfully, kinda curling them around each other, on top of the pie crust, keeping a 1 and a half margin around the edge. This step doesn't require perfection, just do your best, and at the end of the day, remind yourself that this is a "rustic" dessert. I only ended up fitting two and a half apples on there, so how much apple you use depends on the crust size and size of your apples.

Okay, mix your sugar and spices together, and sprinkle them evenly over the apples. Then dot the top with butter.

Now, fold over the edge of the crust. To keep the fold secure during baking, and protect the crust, fold some strips of aluminum foil around the edge, just covering the crust, not the apples.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, then remove the foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.

And, voila! It's smaller than pie and only makes about 6 servings, so it's perfect for couples or small families. It takes about 20-30 minutes to put together (depending on how fast you peel and cut apples), and bakes in less than an hour. And, like my pie, it tastes like apples. :D

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