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Apple Galette with Salted Maple Glaze

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This 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. 

Spoon drizzling salted maple glaze over a slice of apple galette.

As much as I love a fancy dessert, this time of year what I love even more is a dessert that seems fancy but is actually really easy to make.

Galettes are perfect for this! They are meant to look rustic and are quick to throw together, but somehow end up looking really pretty when sliced and served up with a scoop of ice cream.

This apple galette recipe originally comes from my friend Allison over at Some the Wiser. It is so simple to make, but when paired with the salted maple glaze, is a real stunner! 

If you haven’t yet settled on a Thanksgiving dessert, I think this should be it. It will definitely be a hit!

Baked apple galette set on a wooden cutting board next to a glass jar of salted maple glaze.

WHAT IS A GALETTE?

A galette is a tart with a pastry base that is filled, then the edges of the pastry are folded over, creating a rustic, free-form look. Galettes can be sweet, like this apple galette, or savory, like three cheese tomato galette.

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. 

Several apples scattered on a marble surface.

Galettes also tend to take less time to cook, which means an easier dessert overall. Which is especially a win during the busy holiday season!

Don’t get me wrong, I love everything from pecan pie to apple crumb pie. But it’s like the difference between jeans and leggings. 

There’s a time and a place for those jeans, but if you can get away with wearing leggings…the choice is obvious, right?

Apple galette filling ingredients on a marble countertop.

This apple galette with salted maple glaze is absolutely delicious. Sweet, tart, juicy apples baked into a flaky, buttery crust and topped with a sweet and salty glaze. 

Well, it’s easy to see why this is such a winner, right?

HOW TO MAKE AN APPLE GALETTE

Allow me to show you just how easy this apple galette is to make. In fact, I think it’s so easy and delicious that it should have a place on your holiday table this year!

Apple galette filling in a glass bowl.

What apples should you use?

This time of year, I’m head over heels for honeycrisp apples, which are so crispy, so juicy, and so sweet that they are almost a dessert all by themselves. 

Baked into a buttery pie crust, those honey crisp apples are a dream come true. 

Other apples that cook up nicely in this recipe are gala, jonagold, and pink lady. 

Any combination of these apples works, too. Using a combination of different apples is a nice way to get a variety of flavors and textures in your galette.

This is a good recipe to experiment a bit with apple-wise because it’s hard to get it wrong!

Apple galette filling on a circle of pie crust, set on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

What pie crust should you use?

One of the nice things about making this apple galette is that you can use any pie crust you like.

If you want to try your hand at a homemade pie crust, this is a great way to get started! Since the end result is supposed to be rustic, it’s totally ok if your homemade crust doesn’t look perfect.

Don’t have time to make your own crust? That’s ok! A store-bought refrigerated pie crust is great here, too.

Unbaked apple galette on a piece of parchment paper.

Making this recipe

To make your apple galette, start by mixing together the filling.

Toss together the peeled, cored, and sliced apples with the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Now roll out the pie crust on a well-floured surface. You want about a 12-inch circle; trim the edges smooth as needed.

Transfer the pie dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Add the apples to the center, making sure to leave a 2-inch border of pie crust all the way around.

If you’d like, sprinkle the apples with chopped pecans or walnuts. But it’s totally ok to leave those out if you can’t have or don’t like nuts!

Now fold the edges of the pie crust over the filling, pleating the dough as needed as you go around. Again, don’t worry if it’s not perfect – it’s supposed to be rustic!

Whisk together the egg yolk and water, then brush this egg wash over the crust. 

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the apples are tender and bubbly and the crust is golden.

Two white plates, each with a slice of apple galette, set next to a wooden cutting board with sliced galette.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

One of my favorite ways to serve this apple galette is with the salted maple glaze. 

Since we already know how to brown butter, this glaze is really simple to throw together! Just whisk together some browned butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and vanilla with a big pinch of flaky sea salt and drizzle it over the baked galette.

A scoop of vanilla ice cream is perfect here, too. Make some no-churn ice cream for an easy homemade vanilla ice cream!

And a dollop of homemade whipped cream is never a bad choice!

Scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a sliced of plated apple galette.

MAKE-AHEAD AND STORAGE

You can make this apple galette the night before you plan to serve it. Store it covered at room temperature until ready to slice and serve.

If you make the salted maple glaze ahead of time, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Before serving, reheat the glaze in a saucepan over gentle heat.

Any galette leftovers can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. 

Overhead view of slice of apple galette topped with maple glaze on a white plate.

Freezing apple galette

If you’d like to make the galette more than a day in advance, I’d recommend freezing it.

Place the baked and cooled galette on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place it in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Once the galette is frozen through, either vacuum seal it or wrap it tightly in a layer of plastic and then a layer of heavy duty foil.

To thaw, unwrap the galette and let it thaw at room temperature. You can reheat the galette in a toaster oven or in a warm oven before serving.

Baked apple galette on a wooden board next to a jar of salted maple glaze.

Cinnamon Apple Galette with Salted Maple Glaze

Yield: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This 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. 

Ingredients

  • Pie dough for a 9-inch single-crust pie
  • 4 cups peeled and sliced apples, from about 3 large apples
  • 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 walnuts or pecans (optional)

Egg Wash:

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To prepare the filling, gently toss together the apples, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  3. On a well floured surface, roll the pie dough into a 12-inch circle, trimming edges smooth as needed. Transfer dough to lined baking sheet. Leaving a 2-inch border, spread the apple mixture evenly over dough, starting from the center. Sprinkle with chopped nuts if using. Fold over the edges of dough, pleating to make it fit.
  4. Whisk together egg yolk and water. Brush over the crust and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until apples are tender and bubbly and crust is golden brown.
  5. To make the glaze, melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Lightly brown the butter, following my tutorial on how to brown butter. 
  6. Remove from heat and whisk in the remaining glaze ingredients.
  7. Serve galette with glaze and vanilla ice cream.

Notes

Glaze will become grainy as it cools, so I recommend serving the glaze hot. If made ahead, reheat the glaze in a saucepan over low heat before serving.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 368Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 31mgSodium 193mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 5gSugar 34gProtein 3g

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Robyn Frye

Sunday 6th of November 2022

If I make the dough for the crust a few days before can I just wrapped it in Saran and keep it in the refrigerator or should I freeze it? I also will be transporting it in an ice chest for several hours and I will make sure it stays cold.

Jamie

Wednesday 9th of November 2022

Hi Robyn - I think it should be fine in the refrigerator for a day or two. I probably would freeze it if you plan for it to be much past that, but I haven't tested it myself so I can't say for sure. Let me know how it turns out for you! Happy baking – Jamie

Donna

Sunday 23rd of September 2018

I made this recipe a couple weeks ago and need to make it again today. I say need because I can't get it off my mind. It's incredibly good and relatively easy. I have little use of my left hand and I'm always looking for new recipes that are simple yet company worthy, and this one fits the bill. I'm sure it's very good without the maple glaze but that glaze is outstanding. My husband practically licked the pan. I've never given a comment on a recipe but just had to today. Yum!

Jamie

Sunday 23rd of September 2018

So happy to hear you and your husband enjoyed the galette and glaze, Donna! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Catherine C

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

hello,

it looks and smells delicious, but i had to cover the crust after 15 minutes. and i had to bake 15 minutes longer to have the apples soft.

  Do I put the glaze on now or wait until I serve it?  I didn’t know if the glaze would make the crust soggy??! 

Thanks so much

Jamie

Sunday 4th of November 2018

I would wait to add the glaze until you serve. Hope this helps! -Jamie

Holly

Saturday 9th of December 2017

I just made this on this snowy night here in NJ. Hit the spot - it was perfect. Wouldn't change a thing, and I usually need to tweak something when baking apple dessert. My husband and I didn't even share with the kids - we finished it between the two of us! Thank you. I'll be making this again - what a fast yummy dessert.

Jamie

Monday 11th of December 2017

Thanks so much for stopping back to leave your feedback, Holly! We are so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Happy holidays to you and yours! -Jamie

Mary Abercrombie

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

Invited to a farm-to-table outdoor potluck soon here in SW Florida, and I think this will make a perfect contribution. I don't have a farm, but I DO have some maple syrup from a friend who does sugaring in CT. Thanks so much for sharing this... looks amazing!

Jamie

Sunday 5th of November 2017

I hope you love it, Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by! -Jamie

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