Apple Galette with Creme Fraiche

DSC_3867This past weekend we took a little ride up to the mountains to do a bit of hiking, catch some early fall foliage  and pick apples at a nearby orchard.

Before heading up the trail, we stopped at a few of our favorite shops to pick up some goodies to take with us…

DSC_3878With a picnic lunch in tow, we hiked to the top of Crabtree Falls and enjoyed the views with every step…

DSC_3864DSC_3843We arrived at the apple orchard late in the afternoon, ready to fill our bags with fresh apples…and boy did we pick some apples….I think about 45 pounds of Rome, Fuji, and Stayman (a local Virginia apple).

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So now it’s time to make everything I can think of with all of these apples… apple pancakes for breakfast, Cookin’ Canuck’s Family Apple Sauce, and this…

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Apple Galette with Creme Fraiche

I really like the light and flaky texture of the sugary crust…very  similar to an Elephant Ear Cookie, or Palmier. Add a dollop of creme fraiche if you like, to add a little bit of tanginess.

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Apple Gallete with Creme Fraiche
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 tablespoons ice water

1 1/2 pounds firm apples , peeled, cored, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
4 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1/4 cup  peach apricot preserves
Whole milk

Blend flour and salt in processor. Add butter and blend, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add ice water and blend just until dough begins to clump together. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep dough chilled. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.

Roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper to 1/8-inch-thick round, 14 inches in diameter. Remove top sheet of parchment. Using bottom sheet as aid, transfer dough on parchment to large unrimmed baking sheet. Chill 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine apple slices, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon peel in medium bowl; toss to blend. Spread preserves over crust, leaving 1 1/2-inch plain border. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles atop preserves, overlapping slightly. Using parchment as aid, fold plain crust border up over apples, pinching any cracks in crust. Brush crust with milk. Sprinkle crust edges and apples with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

Bake galette 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking until crust is golden, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven. Slide long thin knife between parchment and galette. Let stand at least 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

8 Servings

Creme Fraiche

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons buttermilk

Combine heavy whipping cream and buttermilk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until just warm to the touch, then transfer mixture to a glass jar and cover. Let stand at room temperature (about 70 degrees F.) for 8 to 24 hours, or until thickened. Stir well and refrigerate. Use within 10 days.

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14 thoughts on “Apple Galette with Creme Fraiche”

  1. Oh how I miss the fall colors in the mountains… and apple picking! Kansas isn’t exactly apple country 😉 Thanks for the beautiful pictures, it looks like you picked the perfect day for a hike and picnic. 🙂 I’ve never made a galette, and I really should. You have inspired me!

  2. What beautiful scenery! When we lived in New York, we would drive up to Vermont each Fall to see the leaves. Your photos brought back lots of good memories. Your apple galette looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for mentioning my family’s applesauce.

  3. That’s it, I need to make this right away! I have a bunch of apples at the house. Also, I’m jealous of that gorgeous fall foliage! Around here (in Texas) everything pretty much goes from green to brown, but not until late November, usually. Not nearly as pretty as your trees!

  4. Apples in the fall … ahhh… so comforting. We just arrived in New Zealand, where there are fabulous apples. Wish I could try your recipe but we are in a hotel!

    The photo is enticing!

  5. WHat a grand hike – and picnic. The pie crust does look like elephant ears! I kep saying – (to myself… maybe to the cat), “Hmmm that crust looks like something.” I love the presentation of the galette and imagine it especially good with the dollop of creme fraiche. Ohh how sweet it is!

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