So let’s celebrate apple season with a few fun facts about Johnny Appleseed. Actually, let’s not. I just read about Johnny on Wikipedia and there’s not a lot of fun facts about him except he wore a tin mush pot as a hat and his love of animals extended to mosquitoes. Other than that he basically wandered around the Midwest planting apple trees. But that’s a nice thing to do. An apple galette is basically the coward’s way out of baking a pie.
All you do is make the crust (or buy one of you’re really a coward), put the filling in the center and fold the edges of the crust over the filling. This recipe is from Epicurious because ya’ll know I don’t bake that much right now, and I certainly don’t make up my own baking recipes. Baking is way too scientific for this girl’s beany little head.
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons (or more) ice water
1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
4 tablespoons sugar, divided 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1/4 cup apricot preserves
Blend flour and salt in processor. Add butter and blend, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and blend just until dough begins to clump together, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep dough chilled. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.
Roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper to 1/8-inch-thick round, 14 inches in diameter. Remove top sheet of parchment. Using bottom sheet as aid, transfer dough on parchment to large unrimmed baking sheet. Chill 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine apple slices, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon peel in medium bowl; toss to blend. Spread preserves over crust, leaving 1 1/2-inch plain border. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles atop preserves, overlapping slightly. Using parchment as aid, fold plain crust border up over apples, pinching any cracks in crust. Brush crust with milk. Sprinkle crust edges and apples with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
Bake galette 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking until crust is golden, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven. Slide long thin knife between parchment and galette. Let stand at least 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.