A perfect fall treat: an easy apple galette made from scratch with warm caramel drizzled on top. They're elegant, rustic, and so easy to make their nickname is 'the lazy cook's apple pie'!
Well, it's Thanksgiving season, y'all. Time for the pies!
I knew that for many, Thanksgiving can be a hectic time and we folks with only one oven need to plan accordingly for the big day with dishes that will flow easily on Turkey Day.
So meet this easy, peasy apple galette. Caramel apple galette, that is. So easy, so pretty, and honestly, this could even be a weeknight dessert if you plan ahead and make the crust the night before.
When I say this caramel apple galette is so easy, it's no hyperbole. The pie crust itself is similar to the one that I use for my sweet potato pie and my classic apple pie recipes in it's simplicity, but it's all butter (mmm!), and can be made ahead of time for your Thanksgiving dessert. In fact, you can freeze the pastry now, then thaw and have your apple galette ready quickly and effortlessly for Thanksgiving. Which is such a God-send with the craziness of a kitchen on Thanksgiving day. Your future self will thank you for prepping that crust now.
When this thing bakes up, the crust is just so delicious, you'll be so surprised at how easy it is to make such a flaky and flavorful pie crust, and the raw sugar added gives it a sweet crunch. Yum!
Prepare the dough and let it rest over night Thanksgiving eve.
Then slice up the apples in the morning, set a thin layer of them up nice and pretty, fold up the crust, and bake for about half an hour.
Drizzle on some caramel sauce. Set it in the fridge for dessert. Boom: a pretty rustic looking apple pie that is way easier to make than a classic apple pie.
This little pattern I made was incredibly simple to do, so don't be scared of trying out those fancy patterns you see on Pinterest.
Oh, did I mention this recipe makes TWO caramel apple galettes. Perfect for a small crowd! Or if you just don't want to share. I don't blame you.
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- 3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour, with additional for kneading
- ½ cup (95g) granulated sugar
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup (200g; 2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cubed
- ½ cup (120 mL) ice cold water
- 4-5 large apples, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch slices
- ½ cup (95g) packed light or dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup (35g) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 large egg well-beaten with 1 tbsp milk
- ½ cup (115g) water
- 1 ¼ cups (240g) granulated sugar
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup (225g) heavy cream
- 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
- Whisk the sugar, salt, and 3 cups flour together in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter, a food processor, or using your fingers, cut in the extremely cold butter (I leave mine in the freezer for 10 minutes before using) until the mixture resembles coarse, pea-sized crumbs. Add the water and mix gently until the flour is moistened.
- Gently knead the dough a few times on a lightly floured work surface until it all comes together. Shape the dough into 2 separate dough balls and flatten them into thick disks. Wrap each disk separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- As the dough rests, mix the apples, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge until the dough is ready.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll one of the dough disks into a 12-inch shape (round is a shape. Oval is good. Rectangle works, too.) Transfer dough to the prepared baking sheet.
- Arrange the apples onto the center of the dough in one single layer. They can overlap, but do not pile them on like an apple pie. Leave a 1-2 inch border around the pastry. Fold the edges of the dough over the apples, overlapping the dough where needed. Remember, this is rustic, so be as imperfect as you want. Press gently to seal the edges, then brush the crust with the egg wash and sprinkle the raw sugar over the crust.
- Bake until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown, about 33-35 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Repeat baking instructions with the second dough disk and the rest of the apples to create a second galette.
- Serve with a hearty drizzle of caramel sauce on top.
To make Caramel Sauce
- In a 3-quart stainless steel saucepan with a candy thermometer attached, combine water, sugar, and salt over medium heat. Stir with a fork until the syrup comes to a boil, then simmer without stirring until syrup is honey-colored, roughly 7-10 minutes, shaking and swirling the pan as needed. Remember, no stirring! Continue cooking until syrup is a medium amber color, not too dark. Immediately add cream (this will make the caramel act up, bubbling and spitting so be careful) and reduce heat to medium-low.
- Stirring constantly with a heat-resistant spatula, simmer until caramel is 225 degrees F (107 degrees C) on a candy or digital thermometer, it'll take about 3 minutes. Transfer to a heat-resistant container, stir in vanilla extract, and cool to room temperature. Caramel will be runny while warm, but will thicken as it cools. Rewarm with a touch of cream over low heat in a saucepan if needed when cold.
My favorite apples to use are Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady. Do not use Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Macintosh apples as these are not baking apples and will turn mushy.
Make Ahead Prep: Make the crust ahead and leave in the fridge for up to 3 days. The apples can be sliced and prepared the morning of. Caramel sauce can be made up to one month ahead and kept in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.