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Rustic French Apple Galette

Rustic French Apple Galette

Rustic French Apple Galette is a different take on a classic Apple pie.
It’s got flakey pie crust, gooey caramel apple filling, with cinnamon and vanilla for extra flavor. I had to share this recipe with you since the Fall season is upon us! Apples are going to be in full bloom, which means lots of baking.

Galettes are so easy to make, you can almost do it in your sleep! They are similar to a pie but a much easier version to bake! Honestly, I am not a master at making a pie crust. Some people can make designed crusts that look like art, but I have not taken on that challenge yet. So, if you’re like me, this recipe will be perfect for you! Also, this Galette has much less sugar than a traditional Apple Pie, so I consider it a healthier alternative! It only has about 1/4 cup of added sugar, which is very low for a delicious dessert!

Rustic French Apple Galette
Rustic French Apple Galette with a dollop of Whipped Cream!

Holiday Traditions

I developed and made this recipe for the first time about a year ago. My husband and I started a tradition of watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter Series in the months upcoming to Christmas. We watch one movie a week, starting in October, and I always make a Fall or a Christmas-themed dessert depending on the month. We eat our dessert and enjoy our movie together. It has become a tradition I really look forward to, and I get to try out new recipes in the process! If you’re trying to think of Fall-themed activities to try, here is a fun list! Fall Activities.

Making the Crust

Although the pie crust can be difficult, I have found a few tips that help me with this Rustic French Apple Galette.

  1. Chill the butter in the freezer for 15 minutes before starting the recipe.
  2. Add the flour to a bowl and chill that in the freezer as well for 15 minutes.
  3. Put water in a bowl with ice cubes and use that water in the recipe.

Fall Baking Supplies

Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and Vanilla extract are Fall baking essentials! I usually have them on hand, but when September hits, I make sure to buy plenty! I linked some of my favorite brands if you want to check them out!

If you love Fall baking and apple recipes, check out my Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins!

Rustic French Apple Galette

Rustic French Apple Galette

This Rustic French Apple Galette has all the flavors of a classic apple pie, but it’s much simpler to make! You can’t beat the taste of cinnamon and apples! It’s the perfect fall treat!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Servings 6
Calories 274 kcal


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Apple peeler
  • Large kitchen knife
  • Medium sauce-pan
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • 15×10 Baking sheet


Galette Crust

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Fine sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp Pure cane sugar
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp Ice cold water

Apple Filling

  • 3 Medium Apples peeled and cored
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 Cup Turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch

Egg Wash

  • 1 Egg White
  • 2 tbsp water


Galette Crust

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar.
  • Cube the butter and then add it to the mixing bowl with the flour mixture. Take a fork and start to mix in the butter until it resembles crumbs. Add the water to the bowl, and combine until the mixture clumps together and forms a dough.
  • Shape the dough into a disk, and wrap it in plastic wrap. Place it in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the fridge for 1 hour.

Apple Filling

  • Peel and core the apples, and then slices them into thin slices.
  • In a medium sauce-pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the turbinado sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and cornstarch and stir to combine.
  • Toss the apple slices into the pan and stir until evenly coated. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring consistently. When the apples are slightly tender, remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.


  • Remove the dough from the fridge or freezer and let it sit on the counter for a couple of minutes.
  • Spray a 15×10 baking sheet with non-stick baking spray.
  • Place a large sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and lightly flour it. Roll the dough out on the plastic wrap into a 12-inch circle. Pick up the plastic wrap with the dough, and transfer it to the baking sheet.
  • Place the pan in the freezer or fridge for 10 minutes to firm up a bit.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Remove the pan from the freezer or fridge. Pour the apple filling into the center of the dough and leave a 2-inch border around the edge. Now, slowly start pulling up the edges of the dough. Covering the mound of apples, continue in a clockwise motion and pinch the dough together to secure it.
  • Make the egg wash by combing the egg white and water in a bowl.
  • Brush the egg wash on the dough. Optionally but recommended, sprinkle the whole galette with turbinado sugar.
  • Bake the Galette in a preheated oven for 25 minutes. Carefully, place a piece of aluminum foil over the galette, and continue to bake for 15 minutes. The crust should be golden brown, and the apples should be tender.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Serve immediately or let cool completely and store in the fridge.
    Optionally top with whipped cream when serving.


  • Chill the butter in the freezer.
  • Cool the mixing bowl in the freezer before starting the recipe.
  • Be careful not to overwork the pie dough. It’ll make it tough and hard to roll out.
  • Keep the Galette leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Keyword Apple, Apple Pie, Fall Recipes, Galette, Rustic

29 thoughts on “Rustic French Apple Galette”

  1. 5 stars
    My husband and I are constantly looking for new recipes to bake and this is so perfect!! I love apples so this is going to be amazing for me. Thank you for sharing!!

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! I am not the biggest pie fan, but I will always eat apple pie! I have never had a galette, but it looks so tasty since then it doesn’t look like the crust would overpower the apples. I’ll have to test this out to prepare for Thanksgiving dessert! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Apples are my sweet spot. I love anything apple and this looks amazing. I have never made dough from scratch, but I may have to give this a try. Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. I love the simplicity of a galette and have already added this to my list of recipes to make this fall. I have never tried to put the butter and flour in the freezer beforehand though… probably because our fridge tends to run too cold!

    1. Keeping the pie crust ingredients super cold seems to work best for me. I’d love to hear how it turns out for you! I hope you enjoy the results 😊

  5. I’ve never made a galette before, but definitely plan to after seeing this. It sounds like such a wonderful fall treat. I appreciate the clear instructions and look forward to trying this recipe!

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