Apple galette puff pastry is quick and easy to make — you’ll have a delicious apple treat full of the warm, cozy flavours of fall quicker than you can say apple pie. Perfect with ice cream, salted caramel sauce, or both!
(Excited to bake all things apple? Wow your family and friends with this apple crisp cheesecake. Want an everyday apple treat? Try apple crumble bars or apple crumble coffee cake. Both simple to make and so good.)
It’s fall and in our home, that means baking season!
From apples to pumpkins to pecans and everything in between, the crisp autumn air just makes me want to bake all day.
And just like in the summer when I go a little nuts over summer fruit, I usually go slightly gaga over apples. I’m too lazy a baker to make traditional apple pie or a proper apple tart though.
Happily, this easy apple galette recipe always delivers. It’s like your favourite apple pie or puff pastry apple tart but easier to make.
Let’s get to it.
What is a galette
A galette is a rustic, free-form fruit tart or pie that’s made of a thin layer of fruit on top of a buttery, crisp crust.
Unlike a traditional pie where the edges are perfectly crimped, or a tart where you get straight, stiff sides from the tart pan, galette dough is generally just laid out then folded over the fruit.
Bottomline: it’s your favourite fruit pie with less effort.
Why you’ll love this easy apple galette recipe puff pastry
Like this puff pastry apple galette. In addition to being simple and straightforward and essentially effortless, you’ll love making it because:
- It uses the season’s best apples. They’re available all year but if you ever go apple picking one October or November day and wondering what to make with the 10 baskets of apples you have, this is it.
- Buttery puff pastry. This recipe also uses the ultra-convenient, always perfectly flaky and buttery, puff pastry. Just thaw, roll and bake.
- Stress-free baking. A galette doesn’t have to be perfect. The whole point of it is to look imperfect and rustic so don’t worry if yours is misshapen or juices came out the sides. Just have fun!
- Delicious. It may be easy to make, and there’s no complicated pie crust, but it doesn’t scrimp on flavour. It smells, tastes and looks like a perfect fall day.
- It’s also customizable. Not in the mood for apples today? Try making mini cherry galettes or pick any fruit you like. You can even make a savoury puff pastry galette.
- Apple galette puff pastry is perfect with vanilla ice cream. That’s certainly more than enough reason for me! You can also drizzle it with salted caramel sauce.
How to make apple galette with puff pastry
I used to make pie dough from scratch whenever I made apple galette but I figured it defeated the purpose of this being an easy, stress-free recipe.
So I tweaked the recipe and started using frozen puff pastry. Never looked back.
To make this apple galette recipe with puff pastry, you’ll need:
- Frozen puff pastry — spring for all-butter puff pastry whenever possible
- Large egg mixed with milk for the egg wash
- Baking apples — I always use Granny Smith apples, see FAQs below
- Brown sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground cardamom
- Lemon juice
No special tools required, though a vegetable peeler and a mandoline will make it so much easier to prep the apples.
You’ll also need:
- A baking pan or sheet
- Bench scraper or sharp knife
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring spoons
Apple galette puff pastry recipe
1 BAKING PAN. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. You’ll need a pan that’s large enough to fit 2 puff pastry sheets (I use a 21×15 inch commercial-sized baking pan). You can also use two smaller pans, one sheet on each pan.
2 GALETTE FILLING. In a large bowl, toss all ingredients together and let sit for about 15 minutes to allow the flavours to combine.
3 PUFF PASTRY. Once your puff pastry is properly thawed, gently place and roll it out onto your baking sheet and place apple slices in the middle, leaving about an inch border all around.
4 EGG WASH. Fold the edges over the apples, pinch the corners to seal, and brush with egg wash.
5 CHILL. Place the galettes in the fridge while you preheat your oven to 375F.
6 BAKE. When ready, bake for 30-40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are juicy and tender.
7 COOL. Allow the galettes to cool slightly in the pan. Serve warm. Top with ice cream, drizzle with salted caramel sauce, or serve on its own.
Baking tips and FAQs
Isn’t this the easiest apple galette recipe, ever?
It’s perfect with coffee, tea and warm apple cider. It’s quick and easy enough to whip up for an afternoon snack, and elegant enough to serve over the holidays.
Here are baking tips and FAQs to make this puff pastry galette recipe that much easier.
Best kind of apples to use for rustic apple galette recipe
The apple is clearly the star of the show here. And it’s one of my favourite fruits to bake with.
When picking the kind of apple to use in your baking recipes, keep in mind that the best variety is sweet as well as tart and, more importantly, firm and crisp enough so it doesn’t turn into mush when you bake it (unless that’s the goal, of course).
I always pick Granny Smith Apples. They are crisp and bake really well. They are also more on the sour side, which provides a nice balance for a sweet dessert like this.
But you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one apple variety. Go ahead and experiment! Mix and match until you find your favourite, tastiest combination.
Can I make apple galette with puff pastry ahead of time
Apple galettes with puff pastry are best the day they are made but will keep on your counter in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Just toast it for a few minutes to bring back that crunch then serve immediately.
How to store puff pastry apple galettes
These galettes will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container on your counter. Best not to refrigerate because the puff pastry will get soggy.
Tips for perfect apple galette puff pastry every time
Galettes are not supposed to look perfect, but you can bake them perfectly every time.
- Thaw your puff pastry properly. More on this below.
- Slice your apples as evenly sized as possible. They don’t have to be super thin but being roughly the same size allows them to bake at the same rate.
- Don’t skimp on the apples. They will soften and shrink as they bake so you want 2-3 layers of apple slices per galette.
- Don’t skip chilling time. Chilling the galettes before baking allows the butter to re-solidify, resulting to puffier, flakier pastries.
Puff pastry baking tips
Puff pastry is one of the things I always buy in-store. It’s very complicated to make from scratch (at least for me) and since I can get high quality frozen puff pastry at the store, that’s what I always do.
And it really is a wonderful ingredient to work with. Some things to keep in mind:
- Thaw properly. It usually says how and for how long on the package.
- Never warm. Puff pastry should never be warm to the touch or even room temperature. It should be pliable but still cool.
- Timing. On the other hand, don’t use puff pastry too soon, example: when it’s still frozen, or it will break. Timing and patience are key.
Can I use pie dough to make apple galette
I used to use pie dough when making apple galettes but found that I prefer the texture and taste of puff pastry. However, you can definitely use pie dough to make galettes — store-bought or from scratch.
See my recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Galette for reference on how this would affect prep and baking time.
Other recipes using puff pastry
Remember that once you’ve thawed puff pastry, you can’t refreeze them. If you’re looking for other recipes to use them on, these puff pastry hand pies are simple to make and very tasty.
Apple Galette Puff Pastry Recipe
- 1 package all-butter frozen puff pastry (2 sheets) thawed according to package instructions
Apple Galette Filling
- 1 pc large egg
- 2 tbsp milk
- salted caramel sauce
- ice cream
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside (see notes).
- In a large bowl, toss all apple galette filling ingredients together and let sit for about 15 minutes to allow the flavours to combine.
- In a small bowl, combine egg and milk for the egg wash and set aside.
- Once your puff pastry sheets are properly thawed, gently place and roll them out onto your baking sheet and place apple slices in the middle, leaving about an inch border all around.
- Fold the edges over the apples, pinch the corners to seal, and brush with egg wash.
- Place the galettes in the fridge while you preheat your oven to 375F.
- When ready, bake for 30-40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are juicy and tender.
- Allow the galettes to cool slightly in the pan. Serve warm. Top with ice cream, drizzle with salted caramel sauce, or serve on its own.
- If you can’t find Granny Smith apples, you can use any baking apple you like. See post for more info.
- You’ll need a pan that’s large enough to fit 2 puff pastry sheets (I use a 21×15 inch commercial-sized baking pan). You can also use two smaller pans, one puff pastry sheet on each pan.
- See post for more baking tips and FAQs.
Nutritional information are estimates only.
Did you make this easy apple galette recipe with puff pastry? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.