I have some Mutzu apples from a recent trip to the farmers’ market. These apples are softball-huge and bright lime green, and immediately caught my attention as I was perusing the Migliorelli Farm stand. They are such gorgeous specimens it seemed blasphemous to peel them and cut them up into chunks—or toss them with a lot of sugar and seasoning.
This recipe is sort of a cross between an apple dumpling, rugelach, galette, with probably a little hamentashen thrown in there too. I love that it really just puts this outstanding apple on a pedestal (or buttery crust), to enjoy almost bare naked. It is simple and rustic, and great by itself—but even better with a scoop of my husband’s homemade vanilla ice cream.
BAKED APPLE GALETTES
For the crust:
2 cups AP flour
2 TBS sugar
¼ tsp salt
4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1 large egg, mixed with 1 TBS cold water
additional cold water as needed
For the filling:
2 large baking apples, cut in half lengthwise and cored
2 TBS dried currents or raisins
2 TBS calvados, brandy, eau-de-vie, or hot water
2 TBS pecans, toasted and finely chopped
2 TBS sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Line a baking sheet with a silpat, parchment paper, or lightly butter.
Put currents and brandy in a small bowl to soak for at least 10 minutes.
Add dry ingredients to food processor, and pulse to combine. Add butter cubes to processor, and pulse until rough and crumbly, but uniform in texture, like coarse sand. Add egg mixed with water, pulse to combine. If needed, add cold water, a few drops at a time, just until dough comes together in a ball. Remove from food processor, knead just a few times by hand to make sure the dough is combined throughout. Section into four pieces, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Mix pecans sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and drained currents gently together.
Roll out one of the balls of dough to 2” wider in diameter than the apple half. Transfer dough to baking sheet. Spoon ¼ of the pecan-current mixture in the center of the dough. Place one half of an apple, cut side down, on the mixture. Gently fold the edge of the dough, overlapping itself in several places up and around the apple. Repeat for remaining 3 galettes.
Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 350°F and continue to bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes more. Rotate baking sheet once during baking.