Apple Galette

Published September 1, 2007.

Why this recipe works:

Our galette recipe had to have the buttery flakiness of a croissant, with the strength to support a generous layer of apples. Choosing the right flour—a blend of all-purpose and instant—for the dough put us on the right track, since it gave us a crust that was tender, not tough. Blending the… read more

Our galette recipe had to have the buttery flakiness of a croissant, with the strength to support a generous layer of apples. Choosing the right flour—a blend of all-purpose and instant—for the dough put us on the right track, since it gave us a crust that was tender, not tough. Blending the butter into the dough using the French fraisage method created lots of flaky layers for our perfect galette recipe.

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Serves 8 to 10

The galette can be made without instant flour, using 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. However, you might have to increase the amount of ice water. Although any apple will work in this recipe, we prefer Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Empire. If you don't have an apple corer, halve the peeled apples and then use a melon baller or paring knife to remove the core from each half. Make sure to cut the apples as thinly as possible. If they are cut thicker than 1/8 inch, they will be hard to shingle. If the dough has chilled longer than 1 hour, let it stand at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes to soften. If the dough becomes soft and sticky while being rolled, transfer it to a baking sheet and refrigerate it for 10 to 15 minutes. Check the bottom of the galette halfway through baking-it should be a light golden brown. If it is darker, reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Serve with vanilla ice cream, lightly sweetened whipped cream, or creme fraiche.

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