I don't spend that much time watching TV, but when I do I typically watch something I can learn from. I'm that much of a dork! This recipe was inspired by a segment of a show on the Food Channel called "Real Cooking." It seemed so easy and fun, that I just had to try it out myself. I decided to experiment with the dough recipe that my Almond Fudge Bars were made with. It worked out pretty well. Being that I had only caught a snippet of the show, I really didn't know what this desert was called. However, I just happened to come across a similar recipe on The Hungry Mouse's blog, and discovered that what I was making was a kind of rustic Galette.
A couple weeks before making this delicious desert, I did some shopping at a place called Linvilla Orchards, and picked up a couple jars of Apple Butter. I absolutely love peanut butter and apple butter sandwiches! YUMMY! The galette on the TV show used fig jam for a base, but I wanted to try apple butter. Next time I'll go with the figs. I'm sure you can use any kind of apple with this dish, but since I was born on Cortland, NY, I decided to use my favorite apple of all, the Cortland Apple.
When making the crust, make sure that you spread it on well-floured parchment paper. Also, have a bowl of GF flour close by, since you'll need to keep your hands constantly floured to avoid sticking to the dough. The dough will be very thin, so to avoid tearing, use the parchment paper to lift the dough toward the filling. It doesn't have to be perfectly formed, just try to avoid leaving any open holes in the dough.
- 4 or 5 peeled, cored and sliced apples
- 1 tblsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus a little extra for sprinkling)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups apple butter
- 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose GF flour or baking mix (I used Bob's Red Mill)
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Beat the butter, powdered sugar and salt in a large bowl until fluffy. Add flour and mix well. With GF floured hands, press the dough on a floured sheet of parchment paper. Work the dough into a circular shape (10 to 12 inches in diameter).
- In a bowl, toss the apple slices with 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until well coated. Spread the apple butter into a small circle in the center of the dough. Pile the apple slices onto the apple butter circle (you may have more than you need).
- Using the parchment paper, lift the dough (one side at a time) toward the center of the apples. Pinch the dough together as you go. This part is a little tricky, so be careful not to create any large tears. Once you have the galette fully formed, transfer (still on the parchment paper) to a baking sheet.
- Whisk the eggs with a splash of water in a small bowl, and then brush the outside of the galette dough. Sprinkle the egg-coated dough with granulated sugar.
- Bake for 35 minutes, or until dough is golden.
- Serve with a couple scoops of ice cream and dig in!