Cinnamon Apple Galette with Salted Maple Glaze
This Cinnamon Apple Galette is easier than pie, but just as delicious. Drizzled with a Salted Maple Glaze and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this is the tastiest way to eat the season’s best apples.
I am a huge fan of galettes! They are everything I love about pie, but without all the fuss. You still get that crispy, flaky pie crust with a galette, but it’s easier to work with and it looks fancy without all the pressure and effort required of a traditional pie. Galettes also tend to take less time to cook, which means an easier dessert overall.
Don’t get me wrong, I love pie. But it’s like the difference between skinny jeans and yoga pants. There’s a time and a place for those skinny jeans, but if you can get away with wearing yoga pants…the choice is obvious, right?
Once I realized just how simple it is to whip up a galette, I perfected a galette dough recipe and have proceeded to make more galettes than I can count on two hands. I’ve devoured savory galettes, like this Zucchini Summer Squash Cheese Galette. I’ve relished sweet galettes, like this Raspberry Galette with Lemon Thyme Crust. But when I developed this Cinnamon Apple Galette, I outdid myself.
This Cinnamon Apple Galette has been on the menu weekly since the apple harvests started coming in. Sweet, tart, juicy apples baked into a flaky, buttery crust. Well, it’s easy to see why this is such a winner, right?
Now, let’s talk apples! This time of year, I’m head over heels for Honey Crisp Apples, which are so crispy, so juicy, and so sweet that they are almost a dessert all by themselves. Baked into a perfect Cinnamon Apple Galette, those honey crisp apples are a dream come true. Other apples that cook up nicely are Gala, Jona Gold, and Pink Lady. Any combination of these apples works too. This is a good recipe to experiment a bit with apple-wise because it’s hard to get it wrong.
Once you’ve got a good selection of apples, you’re guaranteed a show stopping dessert. Baked with just the apple filling, this Cinnamon Apple Galette tastes delicious. However, drizzling the final product with sweet and salty glaze makes it incredible. The Salted Maple Glaze mixes up quickly and really makes this dessert elegant.
This Apple Galette is gorgeous and crazy delicious. It’s got everything it takes to be the perfect recipe for all the holiday entertaining ahead this year. It’s even simple enough to make this single mother of four think that she just might be able to survive the holidays after all. Just give me one more bite . . . I’ve got this.
Cinnamon Apple Galette with Salted Maple Glaze
Yield: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
For the Crust:
- 1¼ cup unbleached white flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons frozen unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup ice cold water
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
For the Filling:
- 2 to 3 large apples, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices (about 4 cups)
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 heaping tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 cup finely chopped raw walnuts (optional)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon water
Salted Maple Glaze:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of flaky sea salt, such as Maldon's
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- To prepare crust, combine flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse twice to combine.
- Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together yogurt, water, and lemon juice. Pour over flour mixture and use hands or a wooden spoon to form dough into a ball.
- Wrap in plastic and store in freezer for 20 minutes.
- To prepare filling, gently toss together the apples, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
- On a well floured surface, roll the chilled dough into a 12-inch circle, trimming edges until smooth. Transfer dough to lined baking sheet. Leaving a 2-inch border, spread the apple mixture evenly over dough (as pictured above), starting from the center. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Fold over the edges of dough, pleating to make it fit.
- Whisk together egg yolk and water. Brush over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until apples are tender and bubbly and crust is golden brown.
- To make the glaze, melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Let the butter brown slightly, cooking for about 2-3 minutes and stirring often. Remove from heat and whisk in the remaining ingredients.
- Drizzle over cooked galette. Serve with vanilla ice cream.