I think at this point I’ve posted four variations of this same galette. I can’t help it — to me there is nothing more delicious than the combination of flaky pastry, vanilla- or bourbon-spiked frangipane, and sweet slices of fruit (peach, pluot, tomato).
This is a longtime favorite David Lebovitz recipe. The pastry, which is impossibly flaky, slightly sweet, and completely delicious, can be made entirely in the food processor as can the frangipane — no need to clean the bowl in between activities. What’s more, the whole galette can be assembled and in your oven in about 15 minutes. Yesterday afternoon I made a little Facebook Live video of the entire process, and even though I forgot the butter in the fridge (oops!), the galette was ready for the oven in about 13 minutes.
Friends, Thanksgiving is fast approaching! If you’ve been charged with dessert duties, I suggest apple galette. Hope your week is off to a good start.
Yield 8 to 10
This is a longtime favorite recipe from David Lebovitz. It was published in Fine Cooking years ago, and I think I've made it 1,000 times. I finally have my method down, which is reflected in the recipe below. Pastry dough yields 2 rounds. Don't halve the recipe. Freeze the other round or keep it in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. Frangipane can be made up to a week in advance. Double the recipe if you are making 2 galettes. Use 1 egg for a double recipe. Don't be intimidated by the thought of making a pastry dough—watch this Facebook Live video, which shows that the whole thing can be ready to go in your oven in under 15 minutes ... even if you forget the butter in the fridge!
- For the pastry:
- 2½ (320g) cups all-purpose flour
- 2 T. sugar
- ½ tsp. table salt
- 2 sticks (16 tablespoons | 8 oz | 227g ) unsalted butter
- ½ C. + 2 T. ice water
for the frangipane:
- 1/2 cup almond flour (or finely ground almonds*)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
- 1 egg (small if possible)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla, rum, brandy or bourbon
*If you can’t find almond flour or don’t feel like paying for it or don’t have it on hand, you can pulse almonds (whole, sliced, slivered, whatever) in the food processor. The color of the frangipane will be brownish if you use whole almonds and the texture of the finished frangipane might not be as smooth but the taste will still be great.
- 1 to 2 apples, I like Honey Crisp or Fuji, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, turbinado is nice
- vanilla ice cream for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF and place a rack in the center of the oven. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and salt together. Cut the butter into small pieces, then add to the food processor. Pulse at 1-second intervals until butter is the size of peas—should be about 10 quick pulses. Add the ice water and pulse again about 10 times until the mixture is crumbly but holds together when pinched. See videofor guidance. Lay two clean tea towels on a work surface. Dump half of the crumbly dough mixture into the center of each. Grab the four corners of the towel together and twist to create a beggar's purse—the video really helps explain this step—pressing the dough into a disk. Use your hands to pack and pat the disk together. Store one of the rounds. Keep one handy.
- Don't wash the food processor! Combine almond flour, sugar, salt, butter and egg in the dirty bowl of the food processor. Pulse until combined, then add vanilla or alcohol. Purée until smooth.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 12- or 13-inch round. Use as much flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking, and every few rolls, flip the dough over. Transfer dough to a parchment- or Silpat-lined sheetpan. Spoon the frangipane into the center leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange the apple slices in concentric circles starting at the outer edge of the frangipane. Fold the exposed edge of dough towards the center to make a rustic enclosure—the video might help with this. Brush the edge of the dough with melted butter. Drizzle the remainder over the exposed apples. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden. Remove pan from the oven and let rest on cooling rack for 5 to 10 minutes or until Silpat or paper is cool enough to handle. Grab the edges of the paper or Silpat and slide to a cooling rack to cool further or to a cutting board to serve. Cut into wedges. Serve on its own or with vanilla ice cream.