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October 18, 2015

Making an Apple Galette and a day of Wonders


It was one of those perfect Fall days in Connecticut, when the sky is blue, the air is crisp, and a bright and gentle sunshine makes everything glow around you, that we decided to go apple picking, and we have been cooking all sorts of old and new apple recipes ever since.


The first time I experienced Autumn in Connecticut I remember thinking how magical Nature is, and how blessed I was to be here. I still feel the same. Grateful.

The colors, the light. The multicolored leaves bursting with golds, reds, oranges.

It is a a special time of the year. It is spectacular, and takes my breath away.


When we got back home, Brady baked his traditional apple pie.

The sweet and tart aroma of fresh baked pie mixed nicely with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg filled our home with a cozy, warm scent, as always.


"Will you make it again?" I asked him. So he did, and soon afterwards I baked my first apple galette.

What is a galette? Well, I asked that myself and found out that basically a galette is a free-form pastry baked without the stability of a pie pan or a tart ring.
In a few words, a galette is a rustic pastry with hand-folded edges, virtually formless hence so easy and quick to make.


At the beauttiful orchard we visited, we found apples and pumpkins galore, we picked a variety of apples that later turned into pies, cider, galettes, or we just had them as they come, delicious and healthy sweetness.




In Litchfield county, it seems there are farms at the corner of every back road, places where we can go pick our own produce, buy raw milk, goat cheese, fresh eggs direclty from the farmers, or sign up for cooking classes, wine tasting, horsebacking riding.

As we drive along the roads we are spellbound by gorgeous-looking horses, curious-face sheep, lots of cows, cute donkeys, chicken and roosters running freely, and it's hard to remember we are just a couple of hours from New York City.





There are many reasons why fruits and vegetables should be eaten in season, but the basic reason to me it's because when they taste their best, and if you want an easy, straightforward apple dessert, this is the perfect recipe.


You can use a pie crust of your choice, of course. You can even use a good store bought one, if you prefer.

Apple Galette
Makes about 4 servings

Dough:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
6 tbsp cold butter, diced
4 tbsp cold water

Filling:
4 apples - peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (save peel and cores) I used pink lady apples
juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup water
drops of vanilla, to taste


Mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the diced butter and work the dough with your hands until it becomes crumbly and slightly tacky. Add the water and mix until it's smooth but not completely smooth. It should have a crumbly texture.

Wrap dough in plastic film and refrigerate for about 30 minutes, or until easy to handle.

In a bowl, toss the apples with lemon juice and cinnamon.

In a saucepan, combine apple cores and peels, add sugar, water, vanilla. Simmer for a few minutes until color turns into a caramel color, and hints of sweetness fills the room.
Remove peels and cores.
Pour the syrup over the apples tossing them.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
On a slightly floured surface place refrigerated dough and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
Roll it out into a circle, and carefully transfer dough to the baking sheet

Overlap the apple slices in the middle of the dough from about 2 inches from the edge
Fold the dough edges over the filling, leaving the center uncovered.
Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the apples and dough edge.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Slide tart, using the parchment paper, onto a wire rack.

Once cooked, let the galette cool to room temperature. You can have it plain, or with cream or ice cream.



11 comments :

  1. Que post maravilhoso, Regina querida!

    Colher maçãs... isto por si só já é pura poesia.
    E o outono, como é encantador. Eu adoro!

    Beijo grande!
    Bom domingo!

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  2. Adorei passear nesse seu recanto encantado.
    Adorei as maçãs.
    Adorei a tarte.
    Adorei a galette.
    Adorei as abóboras, as flores, as árvores essas cores preciosas.
    Obrigada, Regina, por partilhar.
    Beijo da Nina

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  3. You brought back memories from way back in time when we used to go to the orchard every year with the kids. In Iowa we had this adorable orchard, very much like the one in your photos here. We got a hay ride, picked out own pumpkins and apples. Afterwards we stopped at the gift shop and aside they had a group of elderly ladies that made homemade ice cream, apple dumplings, apple pie, etc, etc. We had a good time then. Love your recipe for the galette, thanks for sharing. You are so kind in sharing all this beauty Regina. A big hug for you!

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  4. Que fotos tão irresistíveis, amiga. Amei. Há um tempo que não passo por aqui. Falta de tempo, mas só perco coisas lindas. Amo vir aqui visitá-la. Tem no meu blog um Giveaway. Não quer ir participar? Gostava muito. Bjo grande e continuação de bonitos passeios. Isabel MAria

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  5. What a beautiful day in the country and what a delicious galette!

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    1. Thank you dear Katerina. That was indeed a beautiful day.

      Have a lovely weekend.

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  6. yum! It looks amazing! I love the pictures you took!

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  7. Oi, Re
    Amei as fotos e a receita é bem fácil vou tentar fazer achei que não é tão dificil assim.
    Mas estou com água na boca.

    Um lindo fim de semana.
    Bjs

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    1. Bom dia Rosângela.

      Eu tardo mas não falho, rsrsrs.

      Muito obrigada querida, e como escrevi, a receita é fácil e saborosa. Vale a pena experimentá-la.

      Ótimo final de semana pra você.

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  8. Regina que lugar espetacular para se viver de tirar o folego e sem falar desta gostosura que tu passou a receita que com certeza vou fazer que pelo que vi ela fica muito parecida com apple strudel que eu amo,mas agora abusando da tua pessoa rrsrsrsr será que tu não conseguiria a receita da verdadeira torta americana de maça?Beijos beijos fiquem com Deus

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