Treat Yourself to a Rustic Apple Galette

If you have never tried an apple galette, you are missing out! Apple galettes have the same delicious taste as a homemade apple pie, but they’re not nearly as much work in the kitchen. Plus, there are some simple ways to make this dessert healthier than a normal apple pie. So in a way … you can have your pie and eat it too!

What is an apple galette?

The word “galette” actually means “flat cake”. So instead of having to make  a complicated pie crust, the base of this pastry is very easy to create. Not to mention,  it’s almost impossible to mess up the structure, since the folding method is quite rustic.  Simply put, an apple galette is just an apple pie filling on top of a pastry crust and baked! It pairs really well with some vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, if you feel like treating yourself. Not a big fan of apples? You can also use different in-season stone fruits, or even pears for this recipe!

What is the best type of apple to use for a galette?

The best type of apples to use for a galette are honey crisp, granny smith, or even cosmic crisp. These apples stay intact while baking and give off a beautiful aroma. In general, I recommend using apples that are crisp and tart when raw.

Are apple galettes healthy?

As-is, this recipe doesn’t actually have too much added sugar (especially when compared to an apple pie), but there are ways to make this delicious recipe even healthier too. A simple way is to just use less sugar in the filling mixture, or substitute a more natural sweetener like honey or date syrup. I also like to add some chia seeds and/or flax seeds to the filling mixture to give this pastry some protein and healthy fats. Another idea is to top off your galette with some large flake oats and eat it with Greek yogurt as a snack or breakfast.

Rustic Apple Galette

Rustic Apple Galette

You’ll love this easy-to-make sweet treat!

SERVINGS: 8 slices

CALORIES: 332 Kcal per serving


For the dough:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed, then frozen
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 8 tbsp cold water (you may need more or less depending on the humidity of your kitchen)

For the filling:

  • 2 apples, cored and sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar

For the final crust topping:

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp coarse sugar


For the dough:

  1. Put cubed butter into the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Add frozen butter cubes into the flour mixture. Use your hands or a stand mixer to combine the butter into the flour mixture. (Note that you won’t be able to fully incorporate it since it is frozen, but that is the perfect way to get flakey dough.)
  4. Add apple cider vinegar (or regular vinegar). Mix to combine.
  5. Add cold water one tablespoon at a time, until a dough ball forms together. Depending on the temperature and humidity of your kitchen, you may need more or less water to get the dough ball to form.
  6. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and put it into the refrigerator for at least one hour.

For the filling:

  1. Slice apples into thin slices and put into a large bowl.
  2. Add cinnamon, sugar, and lemon juice into the bowl with the apples and toss to coat all the slices. Set aside.

Putting it all together:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangular shape, about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Pour the apple mixture into the middle of the rolled out dough.
  4. Fold the edges of the dough over, overlapping the previous fold with each new fold. It doesn’t have to look pretty, so don’t worry if it is not even.
  5. Brush the dough with an egg wash and sprinkle it with some coarse sugar.
  6. Bake your galette for about 35-40 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.


Serving: 1 slice

Calories: 332 Kcal

Carbohydrates: 43g

Protein: 5g

Fat: 16g

Saturated Fat: 10g

Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g

Monounsaturated Fat: 4g

Trans Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 68mg

Sodium: 524mg

Potassium: 128mg

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 16g

Vitamin A: 546IU

Vitamin C: 5mg

Calcium: 27mg

Iron: 2mg

About the Author:

Joyce Leung

Joyce is the founder of the Joyce of Cooking blog, where she provides recipes, writes about her food adventures, and reviews local eateries. She has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 10 years, in every position from dish washer to general manager. Now retired from the restaurant world, she is a marketing manager for a greenhouse.