Fall is my favourite season for baking! Flavours just seem to have an extra warmth and depth to them, and baking becomes richer and saltier. More spices start to make themselves present in dishes as we transition into the cooler months.
Markets carry bins and bins full of all types of apples! Everyone loves apples so it’s an easy choice for a fall dessert, especially these individual apple galettes! To add richness to the buttery pastry and tart apples I drizzled each galette in warm caramel sauce, hot out of the oven! The apples are lightly sugared and tossed in cinnamon and nutmeg.
If you’ve never heard of galettes before they are like pies but are more forgiving and less stressful to make. Making galettes are fun and easy, there are no rules as how they are supposed to look and it’s okay if the pastry breaks. The more rustic, the better the galette looks, unlike a pie!
- All-purpose flour
- Unsalted butter
- Vegetable shortening (Crisco)
- Ice cold water
- Spartan apples
- Granulated sugar
- Ground cinnamon & ground nutmeg
- Coarse sugar or demerara sugar
- Caramel Sauce Recipe
Picking the right Apple
When choosing apples for baking pies make sure you don’t buy apples that will turn into applesauce! You want to stick to Cortland, Spartan, Mcintosh, or Golden Delicious. I used Spartans in this particular recipe. Here’s a list of apples that work best for baking pies.
- Golden Delicious
- Granny Smith
- Pink Lady (or Cripps Pink)
- Northern Spy
What’s great about making individual galettes is you can make them ahead of time and freeze as many as you like for later. Keep them in the freezer for up to two months, just reheat the galettes in the oven at 350°F for approx. 10 minutes.
How To Make Individual Apple Galetts
Step One: Make your pastry in a food processor or by hand. Divide the dough into 6 equal discs. Wrap each disc in plastic and let rest in the refrigerator for approx. 30 minutes.
Step Two: While your pastry rests, toss together peeled sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Once the pastry is ready roll each disc into a circle approx. 6-8 inches. Add the apples in the center of each circle and fold the pastry over the apples leaving the middle exposed.
Step Three: Brush the pastry with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake in the oven until the pastry is golden and the apples are tender. Then drizzle the apple galettes with homemade caramel sauce.Print
Individual Apple Galettes
These cute individual apple galettes can easily change from season to season by just switching up the filling. But everyone loves a classic like apples! The pastry is buttery and flaky and the simple apple filling is sweet and juicy. Add homemade caramel sauce to evaluate these apple galettes one step further!
- Prep Time: 45 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
- Yield: 6 – 8 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Canadian
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (113 g) cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup (113 g) vegetable shortening (crisco), cold and cubed
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) ice cold water
- 4–5 Spartan apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 Tablespoons milk for brushing the galettes
- coarse sugar or demerara sugar for sprinkling the galettes (optional)
- Caramel Sauce Recipe
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (preferably one with edges).
- For the pastry – in a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
- Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut cold butter until coarse crumbs form. Add shortening and continue to cut until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs throughout (you can also use a food processor following the same steps but letting the processor do the work).
- Slowly stir in water just until the mixture begins to come together, adding up to 2 tablespoons more water if needed. Do not add too much water! Fold the pastry a few times to bring it together.
- Divide pastry into 6 equal sized discs; wrap and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375˚F.
- Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, toss together peeled sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg (TIP: sprinkle with lemon juice if apples are turning brown).
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each disc into approx. 6-8-inch circles.
- Arrange apples in the centre of the circle leaving approx. an inch and a half of the pastry.
- Lift the pastry edge up and over the apples leaving the centre uncovered. Carefully transfer the galettes to your prepared baking sheet.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the edges with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
- Bake in the bottom third of the oven, until the pastry is golden and the apples are tender, approx. 25 to 30 minutes.
- Let the galettes cool slightly on the pan for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Drizzle with caramel sauce and serve.
You can make these galettes ahead of time and freeze them up to two months, just reheat the galettes in the oven at 350°F for approx. 10 minutes.
- Serving Size: 1/2 a galette (no sauce)
- Calories: 305
- Sugar: 15.5g
- Sodium: 107mg
- Fat: 17.4g
- Saturated Fat: 7.3g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 35.3g
- Fiber: 2.8g
- Protein: 2.8g
- Cholesterol: 21mg
Keywords: Galettes, Apple, Fall, Pastry, Pie
Yes, you can easily make one large galette from this recipe. Simply follow the recipe as directed (you may want to add a few extra apples). Make sure to roll your pastry out onto a large piece of parchment paper so you can easily transfer your large galette to a baking sheet. Then bake as directed extending the time for another 15-20 minutes
You can reheat apple galettes in the oven for approx. 8-10 minutes at 350˚F. If reheating frozen galettes make sure to keep them frozen. If they come down to room temperature the pastry may get soggy. Watch your bake time as they may take a little longer.
Yes, you can play around and add any fruit that you like; such as raspberries, mixed berries or pears.
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