Hey beautiful bakers! I hope you are doing well wherever you are, with the current situation it can be stressful. I feel like having so much emotions throughout the day; fear, hope, peace… I really hope all will go back to normal.
On a positive note, I keep myself busy since I am officially out of the teaching game (almost 3 weeks now!). I have to admit that it is a bit weird not to get a salary anymore but on the other hand, I feel so much fulfilled because I can finally focus on perfecting my sweets photography, develop my skills and do what I love basically.
I really thought not long ago, that pursuing a regular career path was synonym of being happy in life. Even though happiness is a blurry concept, I do believe that reaching out for your dreams can help you to see clearer in the dark tunnel we can be into sometimes. Falling, making mistakes, accepting yourself for who you are, are the best things I ever felt up to now. Being sad is okay… Being unsure, hesitant, we all experience those ups and downs; the truth is, you need to find that inner courage to take the step outside your comfort zone, I know it is not given to anyone, but with some mind-consciousness and self-love, I truly believe that anything is achievable. So, here I am, dreaming while baking , for better days, hoping to spread enough love and passion through my posts and pictures.
Let’s bake to send ourselves positive vibes! Today I felt nostalgic, childhood nostalgia to be more specific. You know, one of those days when you look at the apples standing in your fruits basket and reminisce the nice sweets that your mother used to bake for you and your family. So, I looked at those apples and thought, well, come here and let me give you a second life! This is what is baking all about! Reviving ingredients, putting them together to feel the warmth and love once it’s all set into one recipe.
Rustic galettes (or pies, tarts, call them whatever your mind feels to!) have been around for a while; savory or sweet, so many bloggers and magazines have used this famous twist to the classic apple pie we all know, to feed their posts. Its vintage look makes you feel comfortable and reassured in away, because it does not look perfect like you and me! But still, tastes delicious and send your taste buds to the moon! In France, my country, apple trees are a common thing and they belong to so many orchards’ scenery. I am sure you came across French apples once on the supermarkets’ shelves; they have this “je ne sais quoi” that gives you a sweet and unforgettable crunch.
How to make a rustic pie?
All you will need is a homemade sweet dough (you can always use a store-bought one, but I am a huge fan of homemade; at least I know what is inside!). You will also be glad to read that it does not require a pie mold, it does not have to be perfectly round and if you don’t feel like putting apples, you can replace them by pretty much any other fruits. In today’s recipe, the dough has ground almonds and hazelnuts. It’s crunchy, buttery and not to sweet to balance with the fruits and caramel drizzling.
You will need:
- Brown sugar
- Ground hazelnuts or/and almonds
- Some good quality unsalted butter
- One egg
- Pinch of salt
You can use a stand mixer to combine the ingredients or just your beautiful two hands!
For the filling and topping, you will need some apples; a sweet variety like Gala or Pink Lady. Some applesauce (mine is homemade, no specific recipe just some apple chunks, some water, lemon slice let it become soft and mash, I added some honey and cinnamon). You can also give this rustic galette a caramelized taste by sprinkling some coconut sugar (or any other sugar).
The dough will need to rest in the fridge for an hour to set and then, you are minutes away to apple galette paradise! Top it with salted caramel, ice cream, eat it hot or cold! The beauty of eating sweets is that there is no specific rule for enjoyment!
Rustic apple galette
Preparation: 15 minutes
Resting time for the dough: 30 minutes
Baking time: 1 hour
Yield: 6 people
For the dough
- 250g all purpose flour
- 40g ground hazelnuts (you can also use almonds or half for each nut)
- 85g brown sugar
- 175g soft unsalted butter cubed
- 1 beaten egg
- A pinch of salt
For the apples topping and egg splash for the dough
- 3-4 apples (see the notes above for the variety)
- 4 tablespoons of applesauce (homemade is better and very easy!)
- 1 beaten egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or any other sugar
- Caramel or chocolate sauce for drizzling (optional)
- For the dough, place all the egg and sugar in a bowl (stand mixer, or use a hand whisk) until creamy texture is reached.
- Add in the ground nuts, salt and mix. Gradually pour in the egg, then the flour in three times. A nice shiny and buttery dough should form. Wrap and place in the fridge for one hour.
- Preheat the oven 190 degrees Celsius. Roll out the dough between 2 parchment papers to create a circle of about 35 cm ø. The edges of the dough will be irregular and that is what we are looking for here!
- Wash the apples, remove the cores and slice them thinly.
- Spread the applesauce on the dough and add in the apples the way your creativity will guide you to!
- Fold the dough side to create the galette shape.
- Brush the sides of the galette with the egg yolk and sprinkle the sugar on top of the apples to caramelize them in the oven.
- Place the galette on a baking tray, keeping the bottom parchment paper under it.
- Bake fro 30 minutes. Add any drizzle ingredients and ENJOY!