The monsoon season is well and truly underway here in my cosy corner of the world, and on a particularly wet Sunday afternoon last week, I popped in the LOTR: The Two Towers DVD and got to work with my hands. There’s something immensely comforting about the smell of baking on a lazy day in while watching your favourite epic fantasy film; especially the smells of butter, cinnamon and the wonderful vanilla bean pods the boyfriend brought back from a recent work trip to the African continent.
A galette is basically the lazy person’s go-to pie or tart, and is so easy to remember that it’s the perfect recipe to have in your repertoire for those occasions when you want to bake but have no access to your cookbook or the internet (you know… like a short weekend visit to your grandmother’s place). You can use any fruit you have on hand, the riper the better, and I just happened to have a bushel of green apples that are starting to get a little bruised looking.
Rustic Apple Galette
- Basic pie crust recipe (I used roughly a tennis ball sized amount of leftovers from a standard batch)
- 3 green apples, cored, peeled and sliced
- Juice of 1/4 lemon
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- Seeds from 1 vanilla pod (or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C, line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Roll out your pie crust dough to the size of your baking sheet (so long as it fits the width) and place on the baking sheet, then set aside
- Core, peel and slice the apples then toss in a large bowl with the lemon juice to keep them from browning. Mix in the honey, cinnamon and vanilla seeds to coat the apples
- Arrange the apples around the centre of the prepared crust, leaving around 2 inches of crust around the edges. Fold over and pinch the dough to seal the mixture in, then brush the crust with milk and sprinkle on some sugar
- Bake the galette for 40 minutes, then serve as soon as it has cooled enough to eat