Monday, November 22, 2010

DESSERT: Apple Tarts/Galettes

I love, love, love apple pie, apple crisps, etc, but I don't like the associated fat.  Most of the fat in apple treats comes from the dough itself - this recipe results in a very fulfilling apple tart without all of the gunk.  This is one of my favorite recipes because it makes the house smell amazing (great for Fall), I can get use apples on the cusp of going bad, and the galettes are just plain yummy.  Credit goes to The Purple Foodie (http://purplefoodie.com/easy-peasy-apple-galettes/) for her great inspiration. 

Serving Size: 8-10 galettes

Ingredients:
  • Filling
    • 4 apples, chopped into small pieces (use any kind of apples you have around)
    • 1.5 tbsp cinnamon
    • 2-3 tbsp agave syrup
    • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • Dough
    • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1/4 cup apple sauce (in place of butter)
    • 1 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 egg yolk, beaten (or you can replace the egg yolk with 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed (or 1.25 ground flax-seed meal) mixed with 2 tbsp water - let mixture set for a few minutes before mixing in)
Instructions:
  • Filling - mix all ingredients in a bowl
  • Dough
    • Mix the sugar and flour together, blend in apple sauce and egg yolk - I prefer using my hands, but a whisk is fine
    • Add in ice cold water if the mixture is too dry - if it's too moist, add in flour until the mixture is to your liking
    • Lightly oil a baking sheet (try putting a bit of olive oil on a paper towel and moistening the sheet)
    • Work with individual pieces of dough - dust each piece with flour and stretch out into a small circle; lay it out onto the baking sheet; continue to do this until you have made all of your galette bases
  • Spoon filling onto each base and then quickly turn up the outside edges of the dough over the mixture
  • Bake @350 degrees for 50-60 minutes

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