I was perusing the local market on the weekend looking for article inspiration.
There were lots of winter vegetables and greens and an abundance of maple syrup and honey, but I zeroed in on the fresh local apples. Red Mountain Farm, a local farm not far from where we live, was set up in front of our truck with their multitude of apples and I was inspired by all of the different shapes and colors.
I was particularly smitten with the russet apples for a couple of reasons – they had no imperfections and I remembered they were my Dad’s favourite. They are often overlooked due to their matte finish, not nearly as attractive as others in the apple family but if you are an apple enthusiast you know they have a better taste than most. I guess you could say don’t judge a book by its cover or an apple by its peeling.
I looked at my schedule and figured I had better choose something for my article that was quick and easy. I thought what could I make that was impressive but could assemble in a reasonable amount of time with not much fuss. Tada! I immediately thought apple galette. Tastes like and kind of looks like apple pie but was easier to make than apple pie.
This is the perfect recipe if you are in need of a great dessert but don’t have the time to be too fussy. A galette is a freeform round flat pastry. It is very versatile in the way that you can switch out the apples for many different fruits and top with lot of different drizzles or glazes. For example, you can drizzle the apple one with maple butter and top with toasted walnuts or use pears and drizzle with spiced honey and top with toasted almonds. The combinations are endless. I am sharing with you the salted caramel apple recipe. Enjoy!
Salted Caramel Apple Galette
Preheat oven to 375º. Roll out your favourite pie crust recipe to a 10-11” round or use my recipe.
In a food processor combine 1-1/2 cups of flour, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ c cold butter and ¼ c of shortening. Pulse until it resembles small peas. Add 3 tbsp of ice water until combined and form into a disc. Chill for 30 mins before using. After rolling, transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush with 1 tbsp of melted butter.
Peel and slice apples of your choice into ¼” wedges and arrange 1” from the edge of the dough overlapping them to fill in a circle. Combine 3 tbsp of sugar with ¼ tsp each of nutmeg and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the apples. Fold the dough over the edge of the apples to form a nice circle and bake for 35-45 minutes until the apples are soft and the crust is golden brown.
While it’s still hot, drizzle apples with 1 tbsp of melted butter and then once cooled a bit, drizzle with a caramel sauce and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
There are a few recipes for caramel sauce but keeping with the impressive yet easy theme here is a really simple alternative: in a heavy bottom sauce pan melt a dozen soft caramels with 2 tbsp of cream over low heat, keeping an eye on it as it can burn easily.