Apple galette

Apple galette

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Galette is a French term used about various fruit or berry open-faced pies. This easy apple galette is a tasty version of a classic galette with a fresh apple filling. Create an aesthetic look by placing the apples in a neat pattern, or give it a simpler, more rustic look by cutting the apples into small pieces, spreading them on the crust. An apple galette tastes absolutely wonderful especially when served with cold sour cream.


Pie crust:
  • Mix flour, almond flour, and sugar in a bowl.
  • Cut butter into small pieces and crumble into the flour mixture.
  • Add eggs and quickly bring the dough together.
  • Roll out the dough between two pieces of baking paper – the pie crust should be round and fill most of the baking paper (about 40 cm in diameter). Place the crust on a baking tray and refrigerate.
  • Mix sugar and almond flour together in a small bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C regular oven.
  • Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the crust – leave about 5 cm of the edge free.
  • Spread the apple slices on the crust.
  • Carefully loosen the edge of the pie crust from the baking paper with a small sharp knife and fold the edge in over the filling.
  • Brush the edge with egg and sprinkle with pearl sugar.
  • Bake the galette in the middle of the oven for approx. 15 minutes until the edges are golden and crisp. Serve the apple galette warm with crème fraiche.

As many will know from pie-making, the consistency of the dough pre-baking is very important to ensure it is sturdy enough to keep its form in the delicious juices of your apples. The most important tip to ensuring the structure of your galette is to keep the dough cold at every step of the process. After quickly rolling out your dough as described in the recipe, refrigerating it long enough for it to thoroughly chill is very important; approx. 15 minutes. If the dough is too warm when placed into your oven, it will unfold, letting out the fruity goodness which can result in a loss of flavour and may turn the flaky, buttery crust soggy instead. Another tip to avoid that dreaded soggy bottom, is to bake your apple galette on a hot surface. When you preheat your oven, simply insert either an inverted cooking sheet or a pizza stone to bake your galette on. This way, it will cook from both top and bottom at the same time, meaning the base will be nice and crumbly rather than dough-like.

Questions about apple galette

Making a delicious apple galette is simple once you have chosen the right apples and have had a look at our tips about making a flaky pie crust. Below, you can learn more about galettes and read some of the most frequently asked questions about, among other things, how to prepare it, and how to store it.

What is a galette?
A galette is a French type of pastry which is flat and round and may be described as a rustic pie. The special technique of folding the crust in over the filling, leaving a hole in the middle, is what gives it the characteristic rustic look. A galette may be prepared with either a sweet or savoury filling, and a sweet version like our apple galette recipe is a true classic.
How to make a galette?
Our apple galette recipe is easy to follow, especially with our simple tips for making and folding the crust. Make the pie crust, roll it out, and prepare the filling while the base chills in the refrigerator and your oven preheats. Once the filling is done and the dough is chilled, you can assemble and bake the apple galette. Serve either hot from the oven or at room temperature with a cold, refreshing sour cream. You get the best result if you let it rest for a bit on a cooling rack after baking, so it sets. This firms up the filling and keeps it from spilling out when cutting into it.
How long to bake a galette?
Baking time may sometimes depend on your oven. But when your galette's crust is a deep golden-brown colour and the apple filling is bubbling and cooked-through, it is done baking. To make sure, follow our apple galette recipe and bake for the recommended 15 minutes, but do not despair if the pastry takes a little longer to cook to perfection. If it gets too dark on the top before the filling starts bubbling, cover with tin foil.
Can you make a galette ahead of time?
Because cooling is an essential part of the cooking process, it is quite easy to make a galette ahead of time. This means that you can prepare and bake your galette whenever it is convenient for you. A baked apple galette or fruit pie in general will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge, maintaining its flaky crust if stored correctly wrapped in cling film or placed in an airtight container
Can you freeze a galette?
Whether baked or unbaked, you can easily freeze your apple galette. A baked galette will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. When you are ready to use it, take it out and let it defrost in your refrigerator overnight, reheat it for about 15 minutes, and serve with chilled sour cream. An unbaked galette will also be good for about 3 months and may be baked directly from the freezer.


Pie crust:
175 g
Almond flour
75 g
50 g
Cold butter
150 g
50 g
Almond flour
25 g
Red apples in thin slices (approx. 5)
375 g
Whisked eggs
Pearl sugar
Served with:
Sour cream, 18%
250 ml

French apple galette with a flaky crust

Apple pie is a well-loved dessert and this rustic, French version known as a galette is no exception. The combination of gooey sweetness from the apples and the buttery richness from the flaky pie crust is wonderful. Serving the apple galette warm with chilled sour cream will brighten the dish by adding acidity and tanginess and ensuring a well-rounded flavour experience that hits every mark.

Are you looking for other fruit pies, apple dishes, or French-inspired recipes to try out? Look no further than our wonderful recipes for plum pie, homemade apple cake, or cherry clafoutis.

Choose the best apples for apple galette

Choosing which apple to use in your apple galette has a big impact on the flavour profile of your pie. Depending on the apples, the pie can be tart, sweet, or even both. You can use any apple for a pie, but some work better than others also in terms of texture.

For the most flavourful apple galette, choose a mix of sweet and tart apples. For the balance to be a bit towards the tart side, the juicy Honeycrisp apple brings both sweetness and acidity. For a tarter flavour, go for Granny Smith, which is one of the best apples for baking as it holds its shape better than most apples. It is, however, often best used with a sweeter apple to balance the acidity.

The sweet Cox's Orange Pippin apple with its complex flavour that offers hints of pear, orange, and melon is also sure to suit this apple galette recipe, especially combined with a tarter apple.

Taste the sweetness from an almond flour crust

Using almond flour in the crust for our apple galette recipe adds more natural sweetness to the dessert. Enjoy a flaky and extra sweet crust, perfectly balancing the sweet and tart apple filling. Almond flour is made from ground almonds and thus brings a rounded and nutty flavour to the dish. This makes a delightful balance with the freshness of the apples.

Because almond flour has a high fibre content, it is also very good at absorbing liquid. This makes it perfect for using in pastry dishes containing fruit like apples in this apple galette recipe, as fresh fruit may give off quite a lot of liquid while cooking.

How to fold a galette

The task of folding your apple galette to make it oven-ready without becoming overly rustic might seem like a daunting task. But it is, in fact, quite easy, and once you know this simple trick, you will master the craft in no time. Roll out the dough and add the apple filling on top, leaving about 5 cm free around the edge. The trick is to carefully fold one part of the edge over the filling at a time, until you have a hole in the middle showing the filling and overlapping flaps of dough around the edge. Bake and enjoy your rustic, easily folded apple galette!

Add berries for a sweeter or tarter flavour

The beauty of an apple galette is that it can be prepared in a myriad of ways to suit your personal tastes or to use what is in season in your garden. If you want to add a bit more tartness to your apple galette, add blackcurrants, gooseberries, or raspberries.

Combine your berries with other fruits to add more flavour. For example, experiment with sweet peaches or plums in late summer or tart rhubarb for spring. You can also add either sweet or tart cherries.