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Apple Galette

October 3, 2011

Apple Galette

Apple Galette

I am trying to ween myself off pumpkin.  It’s difficult but I have to.  It has become a pumpkin extravaganza in my house.  I have to stop before I have a serious problem.

“Tonight is the harvest moon.  People celebrate this night for many reasons.  For some, it is the time to enjoy the view of the moon, and they toast it with sweets, wine, and tea.  For others, it is a time of relaxation and thanksgiving for the harvest.  The Moon Festival is a woman’s festival, their time to worship.

The harvest moon symbolizes the ascendancy of cool darkness over the bright heat of summer.  This reminds us of equality in the cosmos: light and dark, male and female, heat and frost, hard and soft – all these things are part of an overall equilibrium.

If you are a woman, then tonight is your night for worship and celebration.  If you are a man, then it is a night to step aside and give your wives, mothers, and sisters their privacy.  But for all, we can be thankful for the riches of autumn and begin our preparations for the coming frost.”   That was a little excerpt from 365 Tao Daily Meditations.  I thought it was fitting for today and the up and coming days that lie ahead.

This apple galette is perfect for just about any occasion but I am thinking of only one at the moment.  Thanksgiving.  If you would like to have an apple dessert to accompany your pumpkin desserts this recipe is the way to go.  It is similar to an apple pie but much, much easier.  A galette is a free form, flat and round pastry.  There is no fussing with a top crust and no reason to worry about exact measurements when it comes to diameter.  Remember, it’s easy!

Apple Galette

Ingredients

For the Pastry
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup chilled butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons (or more) ice water

For the Filling
2-3 Honey Crisp apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
4 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1/4 cup apricot preserves
Whipping cream

To Prepare the Apple Galette

Blend the flour and sugar in the food processor. Add butter and blend, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and blend just until dough begins to clump together, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour. DO AHEAD: The can be made 2 days ahead. Keep dough chilled. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.

Roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper to 1/8-inch-thick round, 14 inches in diameter. Remove top sheet of parchment. Using bottom sheet as aid, transfer dough on parchment to large unrimmed baking sheet. Chill 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine apple slices, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon peel in medium bowl; toss to blend. Spread preserves over crust, leaving 1 1/2-inch plain border. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles atop the preserves, overlapping slightly. Using parchment as aid, fold plain crust border up over apples, pinching any cracks in crust. Brush crust with cream. Sprinkle crust edges and apples with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

Bake galette 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking until crust is golden, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven. Slide long thin knife between parchment and galette. Let stand at least 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 8-10

From Epicurious.com

Apple Galette

Apple Galette

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  It is a time to give thanks.  It is a time of reflection over the time that has passed and the time to come.  On this day, I want to thank everyone who reads this blog.  I truly appreciate you and your time spent here 🙂  Enjoy the harvest moon!!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2011 1:52 pm

    Yum! I love tarte aux pommes/apple galettes! I cannot believe it is already apple season, might have to give this a try! Great post! The pumpkin addiction is a bit to overcome, just look at my last two entries lol

  2. October 4, 2011 4:20 pm

    gorgeous! I love honeycrisp apples.

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