While it feels like it’s all about pumpkin this time of year, Fall to me is APPLE time. Give me an apple cider caramel cookie (all-time family favorite that we’ve been making every Fall for years…so bad, but so good!!!), some apple butter on sourdough or a lovely red sangria full of sliced apples, and I’m a happy gal. My people love apples for snacking (preferably with peanut butter), and we always have some on hand. Sometimes we overbuy, which means an ‘oh-crap, I need to use this apple ASAP’ moment, and that’s how this recipe for a cherry and apple galette was born.
What is a galette?
Ah, you’ve never met a galette before? I’ll introduce you. It’s basically a rustic free-form pie, a simple pastry that can be sweet or savory. I discovered the galette years ago when I was searching for things to make when our plum tree exploded with over 100 lbs. of asian plums. It became my go-to way of using plums that didn’t go in preserves, butter, or one year, wine (that experiment did not go well). It’s easy and quick, which makes it a terrific last-minute dessert, and looks and tastes like you purchased it from a French bakery.
Yes this is a mini food processor…it’s ancient from Black and Decker…this one looks to be the newest version. Great for chopping nuts, herbs, homemade salsa or my husband loves it to make his nuc mam for noodles bowls!
How did cherries join the party?
So why apple AND cherries? I love an apple galette (so good in the morning with coffee), but I had just half of a huge honeycrisp apple to work with (daughter had used the other half for aforementioned snack with PB), which is where the cherries came in. I had just bought a giant bag of organic dark sweet cherries from Costco, and I knew they would play nicely together…the slightly tart, sweet cherries are perfect with a sweet apple.
I’ve always made my fruity galettes with an almond flour base. It does a great job of soaking up excess juice (necessary with plums!), and the almond gives it a little depth and texture. While apples aren’t super juicy, nuts and apples just go together so I stuck with my usual ‘base’ recipe.
Use whatever apple you have on hand
If you go sweeter, just use less sugar, if you go full granny crisp, you might need a bit more sugar to balance the tartness. And one of the perks of the galette is that amounts don’t need to be exact. Just make sure you don’t pile too high as the apples will take too long to cook through and your crust will get overdone (not as big an issue with berries…or plums!).
In the coming weeks I’ll share my go-to pie crust recipe (super simple, and done in the food processor!), but use your favorite pie crust recipe for this, or store bought works just fine.
Comment below with any questions, and let me know if you get your galette on!