This Apple Galette Recipe is the perfect fall dessert! Grain-free and sugar-free crust is easy to make and tastes incredible.
Meet autumns sliced apple beauty contest winner….an apple galette filled with juicy cinnamon apples with cozy spices and just the right amount of sweetness, folded into a gluten-free free formed galette crust.
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This Apple Galette Recipe is similar to apple pie….but BETTER! You’ll get all that classic apple pie flavor, but only have to do half the work. WHAT? Same great taste and half the work? Sounds awesome to me!
I can salivate over apple pie recipes all day…but in the end I make excuses instead of pie. Why? Well, I definitely do want that fresh apple dessert…but I’m just not into the perfection needed to make a pie. You know what I mean?
A rustic apple galette though…now we’re talking. This easy recipes uses almond flour for a gluten-free crust that is perfectly sweetened with just a bit of honey. It’s so simple to make and then you just roll it into a circle, fill and fold over the crust. Easy Peasy!
The homemade apple pie filling is light and fresh with juicy cinnamon apples that are coated with all the cozy spices…you’re going to just love it.
Oh, I adore apple pie season now that I’ve started making galettes…and so will you!
What are the best apples for a galette?
- Look for firm apples without bruises or indentation. Definitely no wrinkly skins.
- Firm apples will hold their shape through the cooking process without getting mushy. Baking apples are fine for pie, but a galette will look best with firm apples.
- Know your preference between tart and sweet apples, and know that is is also Ok to use a variety of types.
- Honeycrisp, gala, fuji and Braeburn and good sweet apple choices for a galette.
- Tart apples that will work well in this recipe include pink lady, granny smith and janagold.
- Also, ask at the orchard if you’re going apple picking. They may have other varieties that will be perfect for your apple galette.
Ingredients for Gluten-free Galette Crust
- Almond Flour: Look for finely ground and blanched almond flour for best results. Substitute coconut flour or another nut flour.
- Arrowroot Powder: A healthier alternative to cornstarch. It’s easy to digest, comes from a plant and contains potassium iron and some B vitamins. It’s also flavorless, naturally gluten-free and vegan and easy to find in most super markets. You could substitute cassava flour or tapioca starch if needed. All purpose gluten-free flour will also work in this recipe.
- Honey: I love the pairing of apples and honey, but if you’re vegan you can substitute maple syrup.
- Olive Oil: I prefer not to use vegetable oils that have been highly processed and are highly. inflammatory, so if you need a sub for olive oil, try coconut or avocado oil as they are less refined.
- Egg: I have made this vegan with a flax egg. The dough will be a bit harder to work with, but you can definitely do it.
- Sea Salt: Just a pinch is all you need to bring out the nutty taste of the almond flour in the crust.
Ingredients for the Apple Galette Filling
- APPLES: A variety of sweet or tart apples that are firm will give you a well rounded, great tasting galette.
- LEMON JUICE
- HONEY: substitute maple syrup if you’d like a vegan apple galette.
- APPLE PIE SPICES: cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, salt
How to make The Best Galette
First you’ll make the crust because it needs to chill for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight. It will be easier to work with when it’s cold. The crust is simple to make with wholesome ingredients.
- Put all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor.
- Process until everything is well mixed and crumbly.
- Roll into a ball and wrap well in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours.
Once your dough is thoroughly chilled, you’re ready to roll it out into a circle. Place chilled dough in center of a piece of parchment. Sprinkle with some arrowroot so the rolling pin doesn’t stick to the dough. Roll in every different direction from the center to ensure even thickness throughout. Carefully transfer parchment to a rimmed baking sheet and place in the fridge until you’re ready to fill.
The easiest way to core and slice an apple
Cut each apple in half. Use a melon baller or a spoon to scoop out the core. Place apple half cut side down on a cutting board and then thinly slice.
Continue until all apples are cored and sliced.
Cinnamon Apples with Apple Pie Spices:
Use a fork or a whisk to mix together cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg with lemon juice and honey.
How to avoid a soggy galette crust:
Take prepared galette crust from the fridge. Sprinkle with arrowroot–this is important to assure your crust doesn’t get soggy. Then brush on a bit of the spice mixture.
Put apple slices into bowl with the apple pie spices and mix gently to evenly coat apples.
How to fill and fold your galette:
- Fan out the apple slices onto the galette crust, leaving a 1″ rim around the outside.
- Fold up the crust onto the apples, pinching it onto itself, leaving the center open.
- Whisk an egg and brush it onto the crust.
- If desired, sprinkle with chopped nuts and pomegranate seeds.
Bake galette in 350 oven for 35 minutes until golden.
Why you will love this Fall Dessert Recipe
- Super easy gluten-free crust can be made in advance. Keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days or freeze for 3 months.
- Cozy autumn spices will fill your home with a delicious aroma.
- Delicious fall breakfast, snack or dessert.
- Pie season benefits…only easier!
- It’s beautiful….and everyone will LOVE it.
- Nutritious…made with wholesome ingredients with no added sugar….and just the right amount of sweetness.
- It’s grain-free and paleo compliant.
- Dairy-free galette that would be awesome for Rosh Hashanah Dessert.
- Elegant…definitely company worthy…nobody will know how easy it was to make.
Debra’s Pro Tips:
- Make the crust the night before and refrigerate overnight. It will be much easier to work with a firmer, chilled dough.
- Be careful not to overprocess dough. Pulse until thoroughly mixed and then roll into a ball.
- Don’t forget to dust the rolled out crust with a sprinkle of arrowroot or other flour before filling so your crust doesn’t get soggy.
- Use a variety of apples for an interesting flavor profile.
- Let your creativity shine…there’s not only one way to fill a galette.
- Go apple picking because you want to make this.
- You can also use this gluten-free crust for other fruit galettes…peaches are superb.
What is arrowroot Powder?
Good question! Arrowroot Powder is a white, flavorless starchy powder that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, grain-free and paleo-friendly. It is made from starches extracted from the arrowroot plant. Arrowroot powder is widely available in super markets and specialty stores. Make sure to read the label when you buy arrowroot powder to be sure the ingredient list contains arrowroot starch and nothing else.
Arrowroot: A Healthy Sub for Corn-Starch
Arrowroot powder is used primarily as a substitute for corn starch to thicken sauces, soups, gravies and other foods. It is extracted in simpler, more traditional methods than cornstarch, without the use of high heat or harsh chemicals. In addition to unhealthy processing methods, another reason to stay away from corn starch is because its’ often laden with pesticides and is genetically modified.
Arrowroot also has many health benefits. It’s easy to digest, contains a good amount of potassium, iron and B vitamins. Arrowroot powder is great for digestion, metabolism, blood circulation, prevention of anemia and heart health. It is beneficial in managing diabetes and boosts energy levels. Arrowroot powder is good for those watching their weight because it is low in calories and high in fiber. Now you know why I chose arrowroot powder as one of the ingredients in this gluten-free apple galette.
Apple Galette FAQs
A galette is similar to a pie, but it uses just one crust that is rustic and free formed. Much less fussy and easier to make than pie. The rustic dough can be filled with sweet or savory fillings, folded over and then baked.
After rolling out the dough, sprinkle with some form of flour before filling to keep the galette from getting soggy. I use arrowroot powder. You can also sprinkle the dough with regular or gluten-free all purpose flour, cassava flour, coconut flour or tapioca starch.
Definitely use firm apples without mushy spots or blemishes. You do not need to peel the apples. You can use tart apples like pink lady or granny smith. Sweet apples like honeycrisp, gala, fuji or braeburn will also taste great in a galette. Personally, I like a combination of sweet and tart apples.
A galette is French and a crostata is Italian, but otherwise they are basically the same: they both use a free form pie crust that is filled with either a savory or sweet filling and then folded on the edges with the center open and crustless.
More Healthy Fall Recipes:
- Baked Apples
- Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
- Pumpkin Muffins
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Delicata Squash
- Vegan Stuffed Cabbage
- Cauliflower Leek Soup
- Mushroom Stroganoff
- Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
- Apple Muffins
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 1 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/2 cup olive oil*
- 1 Tablespoon honey*
- 1 egg*
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 apples*
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- Place all dough ingredients into bowl of food processor and process until ball of dough forms. Wrap with plastic and place dough in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg in a large bowl with a fork or a whisk.
- Take dough out of fridge and place on piece of unbleached parchment. Sprinkle dough ball with a bit of arrowroot and roll into a circle. Take time to roll in each and every direction for even thickness through the dough.
- Carefully place parchment on rimmed baking tray. Sprinkle with arrowroot. Brush with a bit of the spice mixture. Place in the fridge until ready to proceed.
- Slice apples in half down through the core. Use a melon baller or spoon to scoop out the core and then thinly slice each half.
- Place apples into bowl with remaining spice mixture and gently toss to coat apples with spices.
- Take prepared dough out of fridge and fan out apple slices onto dough, leaving a 1" border, until they're all used up. Fold edges of crust onto itself and the fruit. The middle will be open to the apple slices.
- OPTIONAL: sprinkle with chopped nuts and/or pomegranate seeds.
- Whisk egg and brush onto crust.
- Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
OIL: either olive oil or avocado oil work well in this recipe.
TO MAKE THIS VEGAN: substitute maple syrup for the Tablespoon honey. Flax egg does work in place of the regular egg, but the dough will be a bit more sticky and harder to work with...but I have done it successfully many times.
I like to use a mix of apples when I bake. Some hold their shape better, others are too mushy. Some apples offer more tartness, others are sweeter. Keep in mind, often the best eating apples aren’t always the best for baking. Some of my favorites for making pies and galettes include: Cortland, empire, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Gala, fuji and honeycrisp.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 337Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 62mgSodium 233mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 7gSugar 23gProtein 8g
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