This gluten free Apple Galette recipe is the best easy fall dessert! It's made with homemade pie crust, fresh apples, and lots of cinnamon.
There are probably millions of apple desserts in the world and that makes total sense. Apples are delicious and they're really delicious when baked into some type of crust and sprinkled with cinnamon. This Gluten Free Apple Galette is the perfect example.
Of course, you can bake apple desserts any time of the year, but they're extra tasty when baked during the fall and winter months. There's just something so cozy about the smell of apples, cinnamon, and crust baking in the oven.
There is nothing more classic than an apple pie and I love to make them when I have the chance. Once and a while, though, it's fun to switch things up a bit. A galette is great when you're looking for a delicious homemade dessert made with pie crust but don't actually want to make a pie.
A galette is certainly 'pie-like' but it has a rustic feel. It's not fancy but has the warm apple cinnamon filling along with a flaky crust.
This Apple Galette is how I am ringing in the fall season this year. My version is gluten free but I promise you know one will know the difference. It's perfect to serve all throughout the fall months and an awesome addition to a Thanksgiving menu!
- What Is A Galette?
- What Type Of Apples Are Best For A Galette?
- How To Make Apple Galette Filling
- How To Make Pie Dough From Scratch
- How To Make An Apple Galette From Scratch
- How Do I Keep A Galette From Getting Soggy?
- How Long Do I Bake The Galette?
- How To Make Whipped Cream
- Can I Freeze A Homemade Galette?
- Apple Galette (Gluten Free)
What Is A Galette?
What is a galette and why make one instead of a regular pie? Galette is a French term that refers to round, flat, and flaky pastries. It's basically an open faced pie that sort of wraps around itself.
Galettes can be sweet or savory - The filling options are endless. A galette is slightly easier to prepare than a pie. It is truly a rustic dessert - These things don't need to look perfect!
It's baked on a baking sheet unlike a regular pie. A galette is much like a crostata - Galette is the French term and Crostata is the Italian term for it.
What Type Of Apples Are Best For A Galette?
Whenever I bake apple desserts I like to use a combination of sweet and tart apples - The different varieties tend to balance each other out and add a bit of dimension to the dish.
This recipe uses 2 Granny Smith and 3 Braeburn or any sweeter variety such as Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Jonagold.
- Simply peel the skin off the apples and cut them into small slices. Cutting them into uniform sizes will ensure even baking.
- Place the sliced apples into a large mixing bowl.
How To Make Apple Galette Filling
Once you've got all the apples in a large bowl a they're going to get tossed in a mixture of sugar and spices.
- To the apples, add 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. gluten free flour (can use regular AP flour if not GF), 2 tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, ⅛ tsp. kosher salt and 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar.
- Mix all these ingredients until thoroughly combined. Set the bowl aside and let the flavors meld together.
How To Make Pie Dough From Scratch
You can prepare the pie dough before or after peeling and chopping the apples. Pie dough requires a bit of chilling so I like to make it before and let it chill while dealing with apples.
If you would like to keep this recipe gluten free check out this post - How To Make Gluten Free Pie Crust. You'll find step-by-step instructions for the perfect foolproof gluten free pie crust dough.
If gluten isn't a problem for you feel free to check out this post - How To Make Homemade Pie Crust for a great old-fashioned pie dough tutorial.
Regular and gluten free pie crust are slightly different in their preparation but both will produce a delicious galette.
Both of these recipes result in 2 pie crusts so you will end up with 2 galettes.
How To Make An Apple Galette From Scratch
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and get ready to roll out some pie dough.
- Simply roll each portion of chilled pie dough into a round-ish shape (the shape of the pie dough does not have to be perfect).
- Place the rolled out dough on a baking sheet and place half of the apple mixture into the middle of it. Make sure to leave a good amount of room around the edges.
- Dot the top of each galette with 1 Tbsp. of butter.
- Repeat the process with the second pie crust and the remainder of the filling. You can bake both galettes on the same baking sheet if it is large enough. If not, feel free to use two separate baking sheets.
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How Do I Keep A Galette From Getting Soggy?
- The next step is to fold the edges of the dough around the apples. Start with one side and work your way around. You may need to trim a little off the very edges so the galette isn't completely encased in pie dough. The center should be open.
- Repeat the process with the second galette.
- Cover each galette with a piece of tinfoil before popping into the oven.
Adding flour to the apple mixture will help the liquids become sticky and syrupy as the galette bakes in the oven.
This helps to prevent the crust from getting soggy as it bakes and instead provides a flavorful sticky glaze that helps to cook the apples.
How Long Do I Bake The Galette?
- Pop the sheet pan(s) in the oven.
- Bake for 45 minutes with the galettes tented in the tinfoil. The tinfoil helps to prevent the crust from burning.
- Remove the tinfoil at the 45 minute point and bake for another 15 minutes.
- After 45 minutes or so, the galettes should be ready. You can test them by poking the apples with a knife. They should be soft and easily pierced. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or so if you feel like they are too tough.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
How To Make Whipped Cream
This is a totally optional step - You certainly don't need to make homemade whipped cream but it is pretty tasty and can be prepared while the galettes are baking.
- If you decide to go for it just add 1 pint of heavy whipping cream, ⅓ cup white sugar, and 2 tsp. of vanilla extract to a large bowl.
- Whip for 5 or so minutes on medium speed using a the whisk attachment of a Kitchen Aid mixer or a hand mixer. The whipped cream should form stiff peaks when finished.
- Stick the whipped cream in the fridge until needed.
You can also serve this apple galette with regular whipped cream (minus the vanilla), ice cream, or with no topping at all!
Can I Freeze A Homemade Galette?
How To Freeze:
Simply place the galette(s) in a heavy-duty freezer bag being careful to press the air out of the bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
These galettes store up to 5 days covered tightly in the fridge.
How To Reheat:
Remove the galette(s) from the freezer and thaw in the fridge overnight. Heat in a 375 degree oven. Serve the galette warm.
I love this Apple Galette because it feels a little fancy and special but in truth is super rustic and down to earth. It's great to serve to guests.
I brought a couple to Thanksgiving a few years ago and think I overheard a relative say they liked it even BETTER than apple pie!
And, of course, it's best served with a cup of coffee.
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Apple Galette (Gluten Free)
For the galette
For the whipped cream
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup white sugar
For The Galette:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Peel the skin from 2 Granny Smith and 3 Braeburn (or apples of choice) and dice. Try to cut the pieces in uniform sizes to ensure even cooking.
- Place the diced apples in a large bowl and add 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. gluten free flour (can use regular AP flour if not GF), 2 tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, ⅛ tsp. kosher salt, and 1 packed cup of brown sugar (light or dark). Stir until completely combined and set aside.
- Once the dough has chilled remove from fridge, split into two portions, and roll out each portion.
- Place each portion of dough on a baking sheet and add half of the apple mixture to each.
- Fold the edges of pie crust around the apples. Trim edges of crust if necessary.
- Cut 2 Tbsp. of butter into small pieces and dot 1 Tbsp. of it over each the apples in each galette.
- The galettes can be baked on one large or two separate baking sheets. Place a piece of foil over each galette before baking.
- Place the baking sheet(s) in the oven and bake for 45 minutes while tented in foil. After 45 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the apples are softened.
- Remove the baking sheet(s) from the oven and allow galettes to cool before serving.
For The Vanilla Whipped Cream:
- To Serve: Serve warm (but not hot) with vanilla whipped cream, regular whipped cream, ice cream, or no topping at all.