Apple Lavender Galette Recipe
This Apple Lavender Galette is a rustic and aromatic dessert with fresh apples, dried lavender buds, and a flaky homemade crust. It’s easier to make than a pie, but it’s just as delicious and is sure to impress everyone!
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This Apple Lavender Galette is the perfect recipe if you have fall apples to use and it will make your kitchen smell amazing while baking! Galettes look impressive but are actually very easy to make. You can even use store-bought pie crust if you want, but a homemade crust always hits the spot. You can serve this dessert with ice cream, whipped cream, or just by itself. And just like a lot of desserts or pastries, this galette is delicious with coffee the next day! This recipe is inspired by Martha Stewart.
What is a Galette?
Galette is a French term that describes different types of pastries that are flat and in a round or rectangle shape. They are free-form, have a sweet or savory filling in the middle and a crust that is folded over the edges. Galettes are cooked on a baking sheet rather than in a pie pan.
Ingredients for an Apple Lavender Galette
- pie crust (recipe for homemade below or store-bought)
- 6-8 medium apples
- fresh lemon juice
- dried lavender buds
- coarse sugar for crust
What Crust to use for a Galette
What’s great about a galette is you can use different types of dough for the crust. In this recipe, I made a simple pie crust that results in a flaky but slightly dense crust. You can also use puff pastry like my Easy Puff Pastry Recipe or even pizza dough. Each version will be slightly different but just as easy to assemble and just as delicious! This pie crust recipe is very easy but, of course, you can use a store-bought crust as well.
How to Make this Apple Lavender Dessert
- Once you have your crust chilled (or pulled out of the package 😉), roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8″ thick and about 12-13″ wide. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put it in the fridge until ready to fill.
- Mix together the filling ingredients in a bowl. Add the filling to the middle of the rolled out dough and fold over the edges.
- Brush the crust with the egg wash, sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake for an hour.
Tips to Make the Best Galette Ever
- For the pie crust, make sure your butter and water are super COLD. Make a glass of ice water before you start making the crust and the water will be super cold when you are ready to add it.
- If you are using your hands to mix in the butter, run them under cold water first so your hands don’t melt the butter.
- Don’t overstuff the galette! Try to make a nice flat pile of filling so that everything bakes evenly and the bottom of the crust cooks through. When in doubt, take some away.
- Bake the galette on a lower rack in the oven. This will keep the top from burning but allows the crust to cook all the way through.
- Don’t skip the egg wash! It makes the crust brown, crispy and amazing!
- If the crust breaks or cracks while folding it over, don’t worry, just pinch it back together!
- Use apples that work well in baking. You can also use a combination of types if you want, some sweeter like galas and some more sour like granny smith to balance the flavors.
- Speaking of apples, if you don’t already have an apple slicer/corer, you need one ASAP. They are a time saver and I use mine ALL THE TIME!
What Lavender to Use for Baking
Although all lavender is technically edible, I suggest using culinary lavender because it has the best taste. Regular lavender will be more bitter and less sweet. Most grocery stores will have culinary lavender in the bulk section or you can find it on Amazon. I found a culinary lavender bush at my local nursery so I always have some on hand. If you’ve read my blog before or check out my recipes, you will see quite a few that use lavender. Here are a few recipes I love using dried lavender buds.
Apple Lavender Galette
- baking sheet
- pastry cutter or large fork
- apple corer/slicer (optional)
- parchment paper
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, COLD and cut into pieces
- 8 tbsp ICE COLD water
Apple Lavender Galette Filling
- 6-8 medium apples, cored and sliced into thin wedges
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp dried lavender buds
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg, beaten
- coarse sugar for crust
- Add the flour, sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix together with a fork or whisk. Add the butter pieces and cut in using a pastry cutter/fork at first and then use your hands to fully incorporate ensuring you have a coarse meal with some larger pieces of butter throughout. Add ice-cold water and mix in using a fork and then your hands.
- Create 2 equal-sized discs using your hands but do not press together, just form and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for at least an hour or more.
- When ready to roll out, remove the disc from the fridge and allow it to sit at room temp for about 10 minutes. Roll the disc out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface, rotating and flipping as you go. Continue rolling until you get a 12-13" circle (mine was more of a rectangle, it doesn't have to be perfect) and it's about 1/8" thick. Remember, this is a "rustic" galette so the edges can and will be rough and uneven.
- Place the rolled out dough on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and then place in the fridge until you are ready to fill and bake.
Galette Filling and Assembly
- Preheat the oven to 375° and set the oven rack to one of the lower settings. While the rolled out crust is chilling, cut and core the apples and place them in a large bowl. Add the sugar, salt, lemon juice, lavender, and cinnamon and mix together.
- Take the chilled crust out of the fridge and spoon the apple mixture on top starting at the middle and leave about 2" around the edge. Fold the edge up and around the apples folding where needed. Brush the crust edges with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the coarse sugar.
- Place the galette in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Allow the galette to cool slightly and serve immediately.
- TIP: if you are using your hands for the crust, run them under cold water before you crumble the butter into the flour mixture to keep the butter from melting.
- This pie crust can be made ahead of time or frozen.
- It’s best to bake the galette on a lower rack in the oven so that the top of the apples do not burn but the crust can fully cook.
Other Easy and Impressive Dessert Recipes
- Instant Pot Strawberry Cheesecake
- Easy Lemon Curd Filled Cupcakes
- Coconut Fig Crumble Bars
- Easy Passion Fruit Bars
Did you Make This Apple Lavender Galette?
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