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Apple Almond Galette

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November should be renamed ‘Apple and Pie’ month. The apple sense that it should be in the kitchen, put in baking and devoured at any and all occasions. And the only other food group consumed is pie – pumpkin, pecan, maple sweet potato, apple, bacon and egg, meat or vegetable fillings of your choosing. Anything you can place into a pastry or double pastry crust can be consumed with glee while dietary restrictions are thrown out the window while everyone prepares for the inevitable month of booze and meals in December.

The days are only getting shorter and colder so lets admit that this is really for the best. Let’s embrace the adaptability of these crisp juicy fruits in all their varieties and imperfections and indulge while we can. Life is too short to not eat apples any way you can think to make them – baked, stuffed, wrapped in pastry then opened and covered in caramel while warm. For now it’s being kept simple in the kitchen with this no fuss, easy on the eye galette.

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I don’t recall having galette’s growing up. In fact, I may have only purchased one once as it sat shining in a bakery display and my eyes fixated on it so I gave in and blew caution or dietary rules to the wind as I took a bite down into the pastry most likely filled with an beautifully sliced apples.

My weekend was spent dreaming of ways to have three meals a day of this fruit while enjoying cubed apples in creamed rice, something my mother used to make which warmed me up from the inside as the air feels colder and smells more like winter. Needless to say I didn’t get up to much and neither did my roomies.

Now that Monday has come I’m trying to avoid going out into the cold with another slice of this galette.

Apple Almond Galette
Roamingtaste
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 quantity pastry dough
4 gala or other crisp apples, peeled, cored, quartered then cut into thirds
1/4 cup superfine/caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla beans
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup superfine/caster sugar

Directions:
Place the apples in a bowl with the sugar, juice and vanilla beans and stir to coat. Set aside for a minimum hour.

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Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and roll the dough out into a circle (it doesn’t have to be an exact shape, galette’s are beautifully rustic). Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350F.

Drain the apples, pouring the juice into a separate bowl. Set the apples aside.

Add the ground almonds into the juice and stir until a paste has formed. Spread the almond paste over the pastry with a 1″ gap around the edges.

Lay the apples down over the paste, layering in a second layer around the outer edges.

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Fold the edges over, pinching to hold where necessary and place in the oven to bake for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly golden.

Remove and allow to cool.

Slice and serve as is or with a little pouring cream.

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Apple Almond Galette

Serving Size: 6

Apple Almond Galette

Ingredients

  • 1 quantity pastry dough
  • 4 gala or other crisp apples, peeled, cored, quartered then cut into thirds
  • 1/4 cup superfine/caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla beans
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup superfine/caster sugar

Instructions

  • Place the apples in a bowl with the sugar, juice and vanilla beans and stir to coat. Set aside for a minimum hour.
  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and roll the dough out into a circle (it doesn't have to be an exact shape, galette's are beautifully rustic). Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350F.
  • Drain the apples, pouring the juice into a separate bowl. Set the apples aside.
  • Add the ground almonds into the juice and stir until a paste has formed. Spread the almond paste over the pastry with a 1" gap around the edges.
  • Lay the apples down over the paste, layering in a second layer around the outer edges.
  • Fold the edges over, pinching to hold where necessary and place in the oven to bake for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Remove and allow to cool.
  • Slice and serve as is or with a little pouring cream.
  • Notes

    Recipe by Roamingtaste

    http://roamingtaste.com/apple-almond-galette/

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