Thursday, March 15, 2012
I am not sure why I decided to make this apple galette today, with it being so hot outside, as it is way too warm to have the oven on today; and not quite time to switch the air on. I am one of those people who really needs to have a few weeks of relief between seasons so I am not going straight from heat to air overnight.
We have seemingly skipped right past spring and are expecting temperatures in the 80s and high 70s for the next week or two. Just a few weeks ago, my girlfriend's home was hit by a tornado that struck a small part of Charlotte and Concord, North Carolina. So while we are enjoying having the toes out and the promise of warm days, cool drinks, maxi dresses and jazz on the lake...this early warm weather also brings about more volatile weather patterns, which I am a little nervous about. But for today, there is none of that looming...just birds chirping, blue skies and a gorgeous, sunny day.
¾ c all purpose flour (or white whole wheat flour)
1/2 tbsp sugar (or 1 packet Stevia)
Dash of salt
1/4 c cold butter, diced
5-6 tbsp ice water
¼ c water
Dash of lemon juice
1 large apple
2 tsp brown sugar (or 2 packets of Stevia)
½ tsp cinnamon
Dash of brandy, optional
1 egg yolk
1 tsp milk
1 tbsp coarse sugar (Ex: Stevia in the Raw or Turbinado sugar)
Combine flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Cut in the cold butter with a pastry cutter (or use a food processor). When the dough resembles coarse sand, add the ice water. Mix well, until you can shape the dough into a ball. Cover with saran wrap and let dough rest in the fridge for an hour.
Mix water, lemon juice, brandy, cinnamon, and sugar together. Cut apple into wedges. Soak the wedges in the cinnamon sugar liquid. Set aside.
Mix the egg yolk and milk together to make the glaze. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Take refrigerated dough and roll into a circle. Arrange apples in center of the dough, leaving the edges free. Dot with a little butter. Fold dough towards the center, bringing it up on all sides. Brush the crust with the egg wash and dust coarse sugar over the galette.
Bake in oven for approximately 30-45 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.
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