Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Apple Puff Pastry Galette

The other week I really wanted to have some dessert, but did not have the energy to get into full blown baking mode. I had some apples at home and a box of puff pastry in the freezer so I knew straight away I wanted to make something using those ingredients. In the past my sister has made savory galettes with puff pastry when she hasn't had time to make the dough from scratch, so I figured I'd do the same. I found an Ina Garten recipe for apple crostata and used that as a base for flavoring the galette. The result was delicious and this dessert got rave reviews from everyone who tried it. It goes great with a cup of coffee, tea, or cider.

Inspired by Ina Garten

1 sheet of puff pastry dough, thawed
2 large or 3 medium apples
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold butter, diced

Preheat your oven to 450°F/230°C.

Peel and core the apples, then thinly slice the apples. Toss the apples with the orange zest. In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice and butter. Combine with your hands until crumbly and the butter is in small pieces. 

Roll out the dough a bit and cut the dough into a circle. Place the dough onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat and prick the middle section with a fork a few times (do not prick the edge of the dough). Layer the apple slices so that they overlap each other slightly (they will shrink a little during the baking and cooling process). Make sure to leave a 1.5" border on the edge of the dough. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the apples. Carefully fold the border over the apples to cover the apples and create and edge.

Bake the galette for 20 to 30 minutes, until the dough is golden brown and the apples have softened.

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