Saturday, September 18, 2010

Apple-Walnut Galette

Autumn is just around the corner! The smell of fall always includes apples and cinnamon for me, and this galette fills your house with the most wonderful aroma!  This recipe can be used with various other fruits, like peaches, pears, and plums, along with many others. With this recipe, you can either make the from scratch crust, or cheat and buy the premade one. Either works just fine!

Preheat oven to 400

Ingredients for Apple Filling:

3 large Golden Delicious Apples, peeled, cored, & sliced
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 sugar
1 TBSP flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
chopped walnuts

Combine apples with lemon juice in a medium size bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon and walnuts. Set aside.

Single pastry crust:

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter cut into small peices
1/4 cup Crisco
3-4 TBSP cold water

Mix flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add butter and Crisco until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle with cold water 1 TBSP at a time until pastry is just moist enough to hold together. Shape and flatten dough into a disc.

Roll dough on a lightly foured surface into a 14 in round. Roll dough onto rolling pin; unroll onto an ungreased large baking sheet.  Mound filling onto dough, leaving 2 1/2 inch border. Cut butter into peices and dot over filling. Fold border up over filling, working all the way around.  Brush sides with an egg wash. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and walnuts

Bake in the preheated 400 degree oven until filling is hot and crust is golden, about 30-40 minutes.

Apricot Jam, heated

Once galette comes out of the oven, brush the heated jam over the top of the galette evenly.

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