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When autumn arrives, I immediately start craving apple desserts. This simple Maple Glazed Apple Galette was the antidote to my undeniable desires!

This Rustic Apple Tart makes a whole lot of sense if you don’t like making pie crust! Only one crust needed and most of it is hidden below a beautiful swirl of apples. Give it a try!

Maple Glazed Apple Galette on a white serving plate on a red napkin

Maple Glazed Apple Galette: The perfect fall dessert

As a cold front swept across the Midwest, a thunderstorm brought a deluge of rain, followed by cool autumnal breezes. The crisp air felt like fall. I peeled a few Granny Smith apples, rolled out some pastry and slid this Maple Glazed Apple Galette into the oven. This rustic apple tart is such an easy way to enjoy the first apple dessert of the season!

Maple Glazed Apple Galette on a white ceramic serving plate

How to Make a Rustic Apple Tart

Much as I adore peach, strawberry and raspberry desserts, it brings such pleasure to bake with seasonal fruits as we enter the month of September. And a galette is so much easier than a pie. I topped a round of dough with apple slices tossed with cinnamon and sugar, then tidily folded the edges up around the perimeter.

After baking for a half-hour, the crust was painted with egg white and the whole tart received a sprinkling of sugar. As the final gilding, I reduced some maple syrup to brush over the apples as a glaze once the tart had cooled.

Nick was home for the weekend (note: 20-year-old boys can pack away the food!) and he and his dad made 2/3 of this apple galette disappear within 24 hours. I should have made two! Or added this breakfast worthy Maple Glazed Apple Tart to our menu, too! 

What is a Galette?

Galette is a French term that refers to a rustic, free-form tart made with a single layer of pastry. The perimeter of the pastry is pleated over the filling to contain the fruit and juices.

Tips for Making a Perfect Galette

A galette is a perfect dessert when you want a pie, but you don’t want to deal with making a double crust. Here are a few tips and tricks for making a galette.

  • Like with a traditional pie, you want your galette dough to be of good rolling consistency. It should hold together when you take a few tablespoons and squeeze them in your hand. If not, just add a few sprinkles of water and combine them. But be cautious as too much liquid is also problematic.
  • Roll the dough to approximately 1/8-inch thickness. Thicker will be difficult to pleat, and thinner can break when folding.
  • Though this is a rustic tart, I like to use a large bowl as a template to cut the pastry crust into a round before adding the filling.
  • PRO-Tip: Don’t pile on too much filling. One layer is just right. Any more and the crust can either not cook properly or get soggy.
  • I start arranging the apples about 3 inches from the perimeter. Slightly overlapping the slices and placing them in a spiral pattern makes for a beautiful presentation.
  • If filling your galette with juicy fruit, like peaches, you may need to add a thickening agent, like flour or cornstarch or, again, your crust could be soggy. FYI, the Italians refer to a galette as a crostata.Maple Glazed Apple Galette photo and text collage

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Maple Glazed Apple Galette

Maple Glazed Apple Galette

A maple glaze pushes this rustic apple dessert over the top. Adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings



  • 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)


  • 6 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


  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4-1/3 cup maple syrup


  1. In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar and salt. Add butter and cream cheese and pulse till mixture looks like coarse corn meal, about 10 pulses. Sprinkle with lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of water and pulse a few times till combined. Pinch a bit of the dough to see if it holds together, if not, add some more water and pulse to combine.
  2. Pour out dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Gather into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap in the plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375º. Remove dough from refrigerator. Roll into a 15 inch circle. Place dough on a piece of parchment and slide onto a rimless baking sheet.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, making pleats to allow the dough to lay flat.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, then brush exposed crust with egg white and sprinkle remaining sugar over whole tart. Bake until crust is golden and apples are tender, about 30 more minutes.
  5. While the tart is in the oven cook maple syrup till it reduces almost in half. Set aside.
  6. Cool 10 minutes, then slide tart and parchment onto cooling rack. Cool completely. Use large spatula to remove tart from parchment onto serving plate. Brush apples with maple glaze.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 541Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 286mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 5gSugar: 55gProtein: 5g


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55 comments on “Maple Glazed Apple Galette”

  1. Such a gorgeous galette, I love the maple glaze!

  2. Mmm I love granny smiths! And you are so right – there is definitely something so comforting about bending in with the season and using whatever produce is in it’s prime!

  3. Love all the desserts in the world, but an apple galette is just the best! yours looks délicieuse ! I believe everybody in your home love it ! Have a nice sunday Liz !

  4. Looks beautiful! I love apple pies 🙂

  5. Your galette is of course gorgeous, Liz. Love the idea of the maple glaze! I’m sure your son was hungry for his mom’s baked goods =)

  6. I’ve made a few galettes, gotta say mine have always looked a little more… rustic. Your looks beautiful Liz:@)

  7. I’ve been wanting to try making some kind of galette similar to this for ages, Liz, so it’s great to see your version. I love that you’ve combined apple and maple … what a perfect dessert!

  8. I do need to make at least one apple pie/tart each Fall. My hubby’s birthday is coming up and he always wants and apple dessert. This would right up his alley.

  9. Love making galettes, and yours turned out so beautiful. 🙂

  10. Frankly, I am impressed that 1/3 of the galette was still there!!!

  11. Beautiful, I wish I had your patience to make it look this nice. Excellent!

  12. Liz, the galette is gorgeous! I have not made a galette or crostata dough with cream cheese– must try! I love galettes and crostatas, because they have that beautiful rustic appearance! Pinned the recipe, must try!
    Thank you!

  13. Galettes really are so much easier than pies but yours always turn out so beautifully too, Liz! I have galette envy!

  14. Maple is so perfect for apples, and says Fall like no other ingredient. And then I can also call this Breakfast 🙂

  15. Also, I must say this is the most elegant galette I’ve every seen. It’s really gorgeous!!

  16. Gorgeous galette Liz! I’m totally with you, I am crazy about summer fruits and desserts too but there’s something about fall flavors that just can’t be beat! This maple apple flavor combination sounds perfect 🙂

  17. This is such a gorgeous dish, Liz. It’s ‘almost’ too pretty to eat!

  18. What lovely apple tart Lizzy!

  19. Dear Lizzy, I have been making everything apples lately.
    This apple galette looks so perfect, rustic and of course very delicious.
    Have a lovely Sunday. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  20. In my opinion, there is nothing more comforting for dessert than apple pie. This looks perfect!

  21. Love the beauty of the apples in the middle. Also galettes are so much more fun (and forgiving) than a regular pie.

  22. Your pictures are so great, I could practically taste the galette as I read about it. It sounds like the perfect fall dessert!

  23. Mmmmm apples and maple sound so good together! Beautiful apple galette, Liz!

  24. Lizzy,
    It’s warm and humid today in NY. I love just about anything with maple syrup. The real syrup not the stuff we used to get as kids.

  25. Fall perfection! Cannot wait to start digging into the apples and not just the pumpkin!

  26. I have a big need for this galette, topped with some caramel and vanilla ice cream 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  27. Oh I have never made a galette but now I really want to! This looks so beautiful! Such a stunning dessert.

  28. You make the most beautiful galette’s Liz! This one just screams FALL!

  29. There is nothing I love more than a beautiful apple tart!

  30. So pretty and rustic. I love it, thanks so much for sharing.

  31. This is so gorgeous! I’m crazy about all things apple right now!

  32. So, so warming and autumnal!

  33. Liz, I love the combinatio of tart Granny Smith apples and the delightful , warm sweetness of maple syrup – what a great autumnal dessert!
    Hope you returned safely from the Food Bloggers Conference! All the pictures that you posted on FB were fun to look at! Must have been a very special time!

  34. This screams FALL out loud, Liz. Apple and maple syrup…a heavenly combination.

  35. I bet your kitchen smelled wonderful! Liz if only you could bottle that scent and sell it!

  36. The maple syrup is such a nice addition. I bet it brings a great flavor!

  37. I love the rustic look and feel of a galette. Apples are definitely Autumn’s harvest!

  38. Gorgeous! Seriously Liz, I wished you lived closer because I would SO be your taste tester for everything you make!

  39. Yum! You can’t go wrong with a rustic apple galette! I’d like to cozy up with a slice of this!

  40. Love the layers, Liz! I also like the way you cut the apples for a thin, crispy goodness in every bite. Yum!

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  41. What a scrumptious and comforting dish to greet autumn, Liz!

  42. This is so beautiful, I love how you arranged the apple slices! I would so dig in to a slice if I were there. Thanks for posting!

  43. This Apple Galette looks so delicious and I really like the maple glaze! Wow! I’m going to have to make this ASAP and share the recipe with all of my friends! Incredible!

  44. Maple and apple is such a killer combo

  45. Liz, this is beautiful! I’m not a huge fan of pie, but galettes I love! What a delicious flavor combo with the apples and maple!

  46. I can see this disappeared so quickly! To date I haven’t made a galette but it sounds like a great alternative to a traditional crust. No worries!

  47. I’m an apple and maple girl through and through!! Actually, I used to ask for apple pie for my summer birthday instead of cake, and I still prefer the apple concoctions. LOVE this recipe!!

  48. I would love to serve this to my family and friends so pretty!

  49. I made this for my family party yesterday and everyone loved it. I served it with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream! 

  50. We love making galettes because they are so easy. Tried this one instead of our usual berry galette and it was so good. Love the maple glaze.

  51. This beautiful apple galette looks so delicious! My daughter is coming over this afternoon and we’re making this recipe together! It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the final days of summer and welcome fall with open arms.

  52. Love galettes! They’re ever so much easier than making a pie and just as delicious.

  53. I love galette! Can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend!

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