Apples are nice. Apples thinly sliced and mopped with butter and vanilla bean, lightly crowned with sugar, and snuggled in pastry are heaven. (Can you tell I’m a romantic?) I’m writing while wearing my new favourite accessory – ironically called reading socks. The kind that look hand knit, and extend to your knees. A basic bitch’s favourite fall accessory.
This galette came about because we had a baking date, which later induced a baking coma. Followed by a Netflix binge. Disgusting, right? Or just necessary. My best friend has a habit of introducing me to a compelling series, and then leaving me to crush it. One season, one time, crushed.
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp kosher slat
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 6 tbsp chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 large egg, beaten.
- ¼ cup (1/2 stick) salted butter
- ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- All-purpose flour (for dusting)
- 1 pound apples (roughly 2 large apples, slice ⅛" thick)
- 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- In a medium bowl, whisk sugar, salt, and flour together.
- Add butter pieces, rubbing in with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse wet sand, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining.
- Add egg, mixing with a fork just until dough comes together,
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface, kneading until smooth.
- Form into a disk, wrap in plastic and chill until firm, about 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- In a small pan on medium heat, add butter and scrape in vanilla seeds, cooking until butter foams and browns, about 5-8 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat, and remove vanilla pod.
- Roll out dough on a floured surfaced into a 14x10" rectangle, about ⅛" thick, and transfer to parchment paper.
- Arrange apple slices on dough, overlapping, and leaving 1½" border.
- Once apples are arranged, brush with brown butter and sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Lift edges of dough over the apples, overlapping over the corners.
- Once galette is formed, whisk together egg and a teaspoon of water, brushing the dough with egg wash.
- Sprinkle with granulated sugar, and bake 40-45 minutes until golden brown,
- Let cool, then serve.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.
I still love her. This time it was Narcos. And it was tastefully paired with a tasting platter of coffee pumpkin pie, glazed pumpkin loaf, and galette. (Hey, if you’re gonna be bad, go hard.)
I prepped the pastry for this one, Olya tirelessly sliced apples, and we did the simple adornment of calories, together. Best friends always get fat together.
After a few hours of work, that Netflix was it’s own reward. The treat of a lightly salted, buttery galette finished off a great day of near mishaps (our pie), and good fun.
Til next time!