I love getting together with friends. Longs nights, yummy food and sweet wine... you can't beat that. My best friend Alyssa came over tonight with her two wonderful daughters, Avery (4) and Charlotte (8 mos) and we were all just sitting around the kitchen as the sun went down and it was so nice and relaxing...there was nothing more to add than lots of laughs and the best apple galette. It's like a taste of the fall harvest but in the springtime.
Dessert is something that most people tend to shy away from because it's too fattening and unhealthy, however, not all desserts have to be that way. As we head into the heart of fruit season and have so many fresh fruits and vegetables available, why not take advantage and dip into this healthy treat. I just love spending time with my girlfriend and her two girls are so wonderful so we decided to cook up some tasty dinner and then laid back on the couch and enjoyed this amazing dessert with a little dollop of ice cream. It was a perfect night with a great treat.
This galette is very light with the crisp apples so I think this will be a crowd favorite all around.Apple Galette with Ginger Glaze
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno
1 sheet (about 9 oz.) frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced (no more than 1/8 inch thick)
1 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 Tbs. granulated sugar
2 Tbs. apple spread jam
1 Tbs. water
1-1/2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh ginger
Heat the oven to 425°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a 13-inch square. Trim off the corners to make a rough circle -- it doesn't need to be perfect.
Slide the dough circle onto a parchment-lined or nonstick baking sheet. Prick the dough all over. Arrange the apples in neat concentric circles, just barely overlapping the slices, leaving about a 1-inch border of pastry. Dot the apples with the butter and sprinkle with the sugar.
Fold the pastry edges up over the apples to make a 1-inch border. Bake until the dough is medium brown at the edges and underneath and the edges of the apples just begin to brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Slide onto a cooling rack.
As the galette cools, put the jam, water, ginger, and salt in a small saucepan over low heat (or in a glass bowl in the microwave) and heat gently until it just starts to bubble. Stir to blend and remove from the heat. Strain the jam glaze to remove the ginger pieces, or just push the ginger aside. With a pastry brush or a small spoon, lightly glaze the apples and the pastry edge.
Serve the galette hot or warm.
Come see how Easy Everyday Eats made out on this same galette.