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This scrumptious Rustic Apple Galette is a gorgeous, impressive dessert. Plus it’s so much easier than making an apple pie!

With just one crust and cinnamon-spiced apples, this easy apple tart is simple enough for a weeknight dessert, yet tasty and beautiful enough for special company. One of our dinner guests mentioned that it was unusual to find a “crust as delicious as the filling.” He was smitten as much as we were!


Overhead Rustic Apple Galette on a white plate

Rustic Apple Galette

We love celebrating the holidays with 5 other couples we’ve gotten to know through a volunteer organization. I offered to host this year’s gathering and promised to have most of it catered to take the pressure off. But I knew I’d have to add a few dishes of my own.

I perused the blog and found a dessert I posted in 2011 that needed reviving. This easy apple tart would be a delicious way to end the meal. And it wouldn’t stress out the hostess!

Rustic Apple Tart on a white plate with apples in the background

A French Apple Tart

Bill fired up the Big Green Egg and we served beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon, a few side dishes, and this scrumptious apple galette. Served with vanilla ice cream, it was sampled by everyone despite our sated appetites. 

Paritial view of Apple Tart from above

What Is A Galette?

Galette is a French term that refers to a dessert, similar to a tart, with a pastry crust folded over a fruit filling before baking. Though, less common there are savory variations as well. One of the most well-known galettes is a Galette des Rois, which has a puff pastry crust filled with frangipane, which is made for Epiphany. I’ve made a Peach Raspberry Galette as well as a Peach Blueberry Galette, but this Apple Galette is my favorite! For another easy apple dessert, check out this Boozy Apple Crisp from Creative Culinary.

How Do You Pronounce Galette?

If you look in an English dictionary, you’ll find the pronunciation is this: /ɡælˈet/. But to make it easy, in case you don’t remember “æ” from your school days, this is how I say this culinary term: GAL’ et.

Can a Galette Be Made Ahead of Time?

It sure can. I’ve served the apple galette at room temperature, but if you’d like, pop it in a 350-degree oven for 5 minutes or so to warm it up. Then top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to serve.

Tips for Making an Apple Galette

  • Select your favorite baking apples. I like using more than one kind for a better depth of flavor. This time I used Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples.
  • Use cold butter, cold cream cheese, and ice-cold water to make the galette crust. It will be much flakier when these ingredients are well chilled.
  • I like using a large mixing bowl to guide cutting a 15-inch round of the dough. Once I have that round cut, I like to make a few superficial marks 3 inches from the edge of the pastry to mark how far out to layer the apples.
  • I use fewer apples than in the Cook’s Illustrated recipe as I like making neat concentric circles of apples. But feel free to add an extra apple if you’d like to up the filling to pastry ratio.
  • As the finishing touch, it’s lovely to brush the exposed crust with egg, then generously sprinkle with sugar. It tastes great, too!
  • PRO-Tip: Not in the original recipe, but after the galette is baked, you can brush the apples with a little apricot jelly or jam to give a little sheen.
Apple Galette photo and text collage for Pinterest
Neighbors at the dining table

This recipe was originally shared in September 2011. Photos and text were updated in 2019.

Overhead Rustic Apple Galette on a white plate

Apple Galette

A scrumptious rustic apple dessert with a tender, easy to roll out crust and a spiral of cinnamon-spiced apples!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold butter (1 stick), cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 ounces cold cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons ice water (I used closer to 2 tablespoons)

Filling:

  • 4 medium apples (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1/4 inch slices (I used 3 Granny Smith and 3 Golden Delicious)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze:

  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Apricot jelly or jam, optional, to glaze the fruit

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter and cream cheese and pulse till the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal, about 10 pulses. Sprinkle with lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of water and pulse a few times till liquid is dispersed. Pinch a bit of the dough to see if it holds together; if not, sprinkle with the remaining water and pulse to combine.
  2. Turn dough out onto the countertop and gently press into a ball. Flatten into a 6-inch disk, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375º. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Roll into a 15-inch circle between two sheets of parchment paper. Remove top parchment.
  4. Toss apples with the sugar and cinnamon; and arrange apples overlapping in semicircles, starting about 3 inches in from the edge of the dough, placing the thicker sides of the apples facing out. Fold the outer dough border up over the apple filling, pleating as needed, then use cupped hands to press dough the sides of the dough so it adheres to the apples.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, then brush exposed crust with egg white and sprinkle the remaining sugar over the whole tart. Bake until crust is golden and apples are tender about 30 more minutes. Cool 10 minutes, then slide tart and parchment onto a cooling rack.
  6. If you'd like, brush some apricot jelly or jam over the apples to give them a slight sheen.
  7. Use a large spatula to remove the tart from parchment onto a serving plate. Serve slices with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g

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65 comments on “Rustic Apple Galette”

  1. Lucky folks! Sounds like a feast, but what a gorgeous galette!

  2. Have room for one more? You can tell they all loved being there! Great smiles… awesome apple galette looks fabulous as usual!

  3. Looks like a wonderful party, Liz! Great photo – and it’s fun to see Pam and Steve too 🙂 xoxo Kate

  4. A sponsored blog party sounds interesting, I have never been to one. And I sure would like to have a slice, at least, of that apple galette. Interesting that cream cheese is used in the dough

  5. Lizzy, you truly know how to do it up! from the party to the Galette…marvelous!

  6. Agree,the gallete looks gorgeous,sound really yummy,and i’m sure everyone enjoy them and beautiful flower too 🙂
    Ridwan

  7. This looks so delicious. I would love to give this recipe a try sometime this fall. What a beautiful tablescape. Love the flowers. You did a great job with your dinner party.

  8. Awwww, I love how you all have been enjoying each others company for 20 years, beautiful! The Apple Galette looks gorgeous! I love fun unique desserts for parties, they always make everyone happy! Hugs, Terra

  9. Gosh, that’s pretty!

  10. Sounds like a fun gathering with great food. Galette looks great!

  11. I’ve never made a galette before, but I’m seeing so many beautiful ones I think it’s time to try! Looks like a perfect fall dessert.

  12. Beautiful setting of the table with bright looking flowers and a wonderful dessert made from apples to go with it Lizzy

  13. Looks delish. I just posted a peach galette today. It was my first attempt, and I loved how it could be messy and beautiful at the same time. I want to make an apple one now! Beautiful dinner table.

  14. I love apple galette and yours look amazing dear Lizzy!! gloria

  15. That looks so beautiful and rustic! And delicious!

  16. What a great get together. This galette looks absolutely beautiful!

  17. Apple filled goodness. I love the rustic look of the crust.

  18. What a beautiful apple galette – and the crowd looks like a fun bunch!

  19. Almost too beautiful to eat! And such a great way to use up those perfect apples we have right now. Do you think this would freeze well to store for later in the winter?

  20. Lizzy,
    Looks like you guys had so much fun, I would have bought a plane ticket if I knew you were making that apple galette. So pretty, I picked up some apples the other day, so excited to use them.
    -Gina-

  21. I just bought some green apples…maybe I should turn them into a galette too. Yours looks really super. And I can tell (from everybody’s grin) that you’ve hosted a great party. Love the table set up too.

  22. This is mesmerizing! The apples sound fantastic and the crust with cream cheese?! Yes, please. Sounds great!

  23. I love the idea of cream cheese in the dough…I know it makes it taste so rich and delicious! Your tart makes a beautiful flower.

    What a delightful looking group! I know you guys really enjoy each other. Gorgeous table setting!

  24. Somebody knows how to treat their friends! Lucky folks! Galettes are hands down our favorite, they are so beautifully rustic, just looking at photos of them makes our mouths water. Beautiful and delicious desert!

  25. Sometimes, I wish I could eat a picture. That looks fantastic!

  26. Love this. Great recipe and photos.

  27. Beautiful galette. You make it sound so easy! And love the pictures of you and your friends 🙂

  28. Aside from pumpkin, nothing screams fall to me like baked apple desserts like this. What a lucky group of friends you have that they got to eat this beautiful galette!

  29. Jammy Chick, you can freeze apple pie, so I bet this would freeze well, too. Good luck!!!

  30. Lucky friends but good they helped lol! Your galette looks very sophisticated

  31. Wow, that looks spectacular! Consider yourself buzzed.

  32. It looks great and cream cheese in the dough! Would love a slice! The flowers are beautiful too.

  33. Nothing like friends and good food! They all look like they enjoyed it-I know I would have. Love the rustic look of your galette!

  34. Lizzy, I love apple desserts…this one looks so lovely! How nice to share it with good friends!

  35. What a delectable menu and what a lovely group of dinner guests you had. Your table looks beautiful and that apple galetta, with the apples looking so tender, the juice floating below and the sugared crust…seconds please!

  36. This is a beautiful dessert. I’ve not made a galette before. I must try as they sure look delicious. Looks like you had an amazing night with friends.

  37. I have an abundance of apples at the moment that have been given to me by my brother… this looks like the perfect way to use some of them up! Lucky party guests… I bet they were so happy to have you cook for them!

  38. you have beautiful pics!

  39. Liz, your apple galette looks awesome, love how you layer the slices of apples…and yes, love it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

  40. Everything’s better with friends, right? I’m guessing yours have been well-fed for the last 20 years! I love baked goods with apple; you’re making me hungry!

  41. What a feast!!! Your apple galette is so beautiful! You did a great job!

  42. I was just thinking that it’s about time to start whipping up some apple desserts and your galette looks delicious. But I have my eye on Dorie’s apple cake which is still on my to do list.

  43. Such a pretty and perfect apple slice swirl!

  44. A feast, Lizzy. It just goes to show that the classics never go out of style! I love galettes, but I’ve never made an apple one!

  45. This is amazingly gorgeous!! Your layers of apples are just so impressive.

  46. Oh Lizzy, this looks perfect! I absolutely love your recipe and the pictures are beyond amazing! Great job, Buzzed ya!

  47. What a great recipe. I like how it uses cream cheese in the dough. Your apples look so uniformly lined up. Was it as delicious as it looks. I just printed this recipe. I’ll definitely be making it. Thanks for sharing!

  48. I’m a bit fragile after my last apple pie fiasco Lizzy and this is just what I need to boost my confidence.

  49. That’s such a beautiful galette, Lizzy! I love the design you made with your apple slices.

  50. it looks wonderful, but i am more ticked off you are skinny and eat desserts…

    i eatem

    and am not 🙁

  51. The gallette is gorgeoeus. And it seems like the perfect dessert to usher in the season of thick apple pies and pumpkin desserts.

  52. The way you arranged the apples is so stunning Lizzy! It’s almost too pretty to eat!

  53. So gorgeous!I have never made one of these. I will definitely try this. I linked to you from On the Menu Monday. Thank you!

  54. Wow, Lizzy! I wish I was your neighbor too to participate in this lovely event. The meal sounds fabulous, and the apple galette, a “work of art” so pretty! …and no doubt mouthwatering delicious!

  55. I keep seeing galettes and wanting to make one but I can’t make up my mind between sweet or savoury. This rustic apple might sway me in the sweet direction!!

  56. What a beautiful creation! I mean stunning! I would have not have been able to slice it!

  57. Wow! I want to be your neighbor! This looks amazing!

  58. This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing it at our Seasonal Inspiration party!

  59. Liz, this apple galette looks so appetizing and inspiring. I have never tried to make an apple galette, will have to give it a go. It sounds yummy!

  60. Do you deliver? This looks amazing and even more tasty! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  61. The boys would love to see this on the dinner table today! I’m also lovin’ that white chocolate bundt cake in the ‘you might also likes’:@) Merry Christmas Liz!

  62. A truly rustic dessert and it’s gorgeous! A lovely end to a beautiful meal. You’ve reminded me that I haven’t made galette for some time. Better get on that! Merry Christmas Liz.

  63. I need a slice for my tea now :-)) It looks so yummy, Liz. Have a fabulous holiday season !!

  64. Loved it the first time and love it again! What a beauty. Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!

  65. This is always a favorite dessert at Christmas! Love that it can be made ahead! 

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