Best Easy Apple Galette
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Apple Galette

October 5th, 2021
4.98 from 42 votes
4.98 from 42 votes

Homemade Apple Galette is so much easier to make than apple pie! This recipe has a buttery, flaky tart crust and a perfectly spiced apple filling. The best rustic dessert to serve a crowd for Thanksgiving.

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Quintessential dreamy fall flavors.
Texture: The crust is perfectly crisp and flaky (not sogginess whatsoever!) and the filling is soft without being mushy.
Ease: Significantly easier than a whole pie.
Pros: Faster, quicker, and easier than a whole pie with all the same flavors.
Cons: None at all.
Would I make this again? I’ve already made this several times!

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I can’t believe how long it took me to get on the Galette train. They’re AMAZING.

All the flaky, buttery, fruity goodness of a pie with half the work.

And you know what? This Apple Galette was a HUGE hit with team Handle the Heat. Everyone raved about it!

homemade rustic apple galette on a baking pan with parchment paper and apricot jam to brush on top

Truly the best part of it is how simple it is to make. And if you always make a double or triple batch of pie dough whenever you’re baking it and keep extra in the freezer, you’ll never be too far off from a beautiful galette coming out of your oven.

I hope you love this apple galette recipe as much as we do! Get your vanilla ice cream ready because I’m answering tons of galette baking questions below.

a slice of apple galette with a fork

How to Make Apple Galette

What is a Galette?

This is a French term to describe what’s essentially a free-form pie. An apple galette is a free-form apple pie that is much easier, quicker, and less temperamental than a traditional apple pie. No pie pan, no fluting or crimping, no cooking the filling, no awkwardly cutting that first slice; instead, the pie crust is simply and informally folded up around the edges to form a border and create a rustic appearance. It’s the perfect impressive treat for entertaining, or bakers who are intimidated by pie!

sliced apples and spices in a bowl

Tips For Rolling Out Pie Dough

Here are my top 3 tips for rolling out pie dough, but there are lots more tips here.

  1. Make sure to keep everything as cold as possible. If your kitchen is warm, fill freezer bags with ice and a little water and set them on your work surface for 10 minutes to chill it, before rolling out your pie dough.
  2. Flour your work surface, the dough itself, and your rolling pin throughout the process. I recommend investing in a flour shaker and bench scraper. The flour shaker lets you easily add flour wherever sticking might be happening. The bench scraper allows you to easily keep the dough moving as you roll it out, which is essential to prevent sticking.
  3. If at any point the butter begins to get melty and sticky, return the dough to the fridge or freezer immediately.
Chef Tessa rolling out pie crust

What Type of Apple Should I Use?

  • Granny Smith and Golden Delicious both bake up beautifully and have the perfect balance of sweetness to tartness.
  • Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Gala apples are other great options.
  • Feel free to use a mixture of apples!

Do I Need to Peel the Apples?

It’s really a matter of personal preference, but as I don’t prefer the texture of cooked apple skins, I always opt to peel my apples. If that texture doesn’t bother you, feel free to skip peeling the apples to save time.

step-by-step collage of finishing my this rustic free-form apple pie

What Kind of Baking Sheet Do You Beed For a Galette?

How to Serve Apple Galette

  • As with most apple dessert recipes, a scoop of vanilla ice cream is simple perfection.
  • If you’re looking for additional indulgence, add a drizzle of my homemade caramel sauce.
  • Candied nuts and whipped cream also make for tasty finishing touches. 

How to Store Apple Galette

Store any leftover apple galette in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day or in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you’d like, you could even refresh your galette in a 300°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes before serving again.

Can You Freeze Apple Galette?

Yes! There are two ways.

  1. Freeze after assembling but before egg washing or baking. Freeze on a sheet pan until solid, then move to an airtight container. Bake from frozen, adding about 5 extra minutes to the baking time.
  2. Freeze after baking. Let cool completely, then freeze on a sheet pan until solid. Wrap in plastic wrap and store inside an airtight container. Let thaw to room temperature then refresh in a 300°F oven for about 10 minutes or until warmed through.
A slice of my perfect, easy Apple Galette served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

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4.98 from 42 votes

How to make
Apple Galette

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Chilling Time 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes


  • 1 (single crust) Best Ever Pie Crust
  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 grams) baking apples (about 3 large apples), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 5 tablespoons (63 grams) lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water, divided
  • Coarse sugar, for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam or jelly
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving if desired


  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove the pie crust from the fridge to soften slightly while you prepare the filling.

  3. Gently toss apples, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and vanilla together in bowl.
  4. Roll out the prepared dough into a 13-inch circle on lightly floured counter, then transfer to prepared pan.

  5. Using a slotted spoon, pick up the apples from the bowl leaving the excess juices behind, and arrange them in center of dough, leaving 2-inch border around edge. Carefully grasp 1 edge of dough and fold up 2 inches over apples. Repeat around circumference of tart, overlapping dough every 2 inches; gently pinch pleated dough to secure, but do not press dough into fruit.

  6. Place in the fridge and chill while you preheat the oven. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. If you have a baking stone, place on the rack to preheat with the oven.
  7. Once preheated, beat the egg with 1/2 teaspoon of water. Brush all over the unbaked crust. If desired, brush about 1 tablespoon of the remaining apple juices over the apples. Sprinkle the crust with coarse sugar. Bake until crust is deep golden brown and fruit is bubbling, 50 minutes to 1 hour.

  8. Using two spatulas, carefully transfer the baked galette (still on parchment) to a wire rack and let tart cool for 10 minutes.

  9. While the galette cools, combine the apricot jam and 1 teaspoon of water in a small glass bowl. Microwave for 15 to 20 seconds or until bubbling. Brush over the apples.

  10. Loosen tart from parchment and carefully slide onto wire rack using two spatulas; let cool until warm, about 30 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

  11. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day or in the fridge for up to 3 days. Refresh in a 300°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes before serving if desired.
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Keyword : apple galette, apple tart
Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Pam — September 11, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    I used Honeycrisp apples and a store bought pie pastry, both of which I had on hand, and followed the recipe. Traditionally, I bake pies. There is a new dessert in town: ) This flavorful galette with a crisp crust is excellent!!!

  2. #
    Saeeda — August 8, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Hi oh wow flaky buttery crust!! So delicious! Thanks. I was scared of a soggy base layer so I topped apples with pastry! Worked so well!

  3. #
    Lisa Braun — July 31, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    This galette is amazing! Flaky tender crust and the apples are perfectly flavored with the right combination of spices. The perfect pie without the fuss of a pie!

  4. #
    Lisa — July 31, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    Wonderful treat to make with all sweet peaches available this time of the year. I made a smaller one because it’s just the hubby and myself.

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      Yulisa — August 6, 2023 at 9:34 pm

      I made ours with peaches too!

  5. #
    Leanne Gossett — July 30, 2023 at 4:40 am

    Made this for my brothers and sister. They loved it! It is delicious! Very easy to make. The crust is the star-so make sure to pick a good crust(Use Tessa’s-I did).

  6. #
    Shelli DelSignore — July 30, 2023 at 3:55 am

    These 2 Apple Galette especially made my Husband very happy. The second one I cut into several pieces so he could remove one at a time for his evening treat.

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    Shannon — July 29, 2023 at 8:56 am

    what is the preheated baking stone for? Do you move the galette with parchment paper directly onto the stone like a pizza, or do you put the prepared baking sheet directly on top of the stone?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 31, 2023 at 9:28 am

      Hi Shannon! No need to move the galette. Prepare the galette on a parchment-lined baking tray, as instructed, and then once the oven + baking stone have preheated, you can slide the galette on its baking tray straight on top of the baking stone. The purpose of the baking stone is just to help the galette crust crisp up beautifully! If you don’t have a baking stone, you can skip this step. I hope that helps! Happy baking 🙂

  8. #
    Susannah — July 28, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    So good! The only change I made was that instead of letting all that delicious juice go to waste, I cooked it in a saucepan over medium heat until thickened, and poured it over the apples halfway through baking. The gooey spiced caramel soaked inside all those apples, but since it was thickened, it wasn’t too soggy. Delicious!

  9. #
    Brooke Mautz — July 28, 2023 at 9:49 am

    This was so easy and delicious.

  10. #
    Shawn — July 28, 2023 at 8:06 am

    This was my first time making this desert and it turned our super yummy! My husband really liked it too! I will make it again and believe it will come out even better as I now have some confidence in making it.

  11. #
    Mae — July 26, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    I’ve always made pies with the pie crust. First time making a galette version. I love doing this because it’s really fast and easy. Plus you still get the same essence as if you’re eating a slice of pie.

  12. #
    Anna Buenaventura — July 26, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    First of all, the pie crust recipe was divine! It’s so buttery and flaky and a perfect crust to make the Apple Galette!

  13. #
    Edith Lim — July 25, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    A fool-proof recipe with a delectable result. I had fun making it & was able to customize the flavor according to my kids’ preferences. Decided to split the dough, giving me 5 mini galettes. One apple galette for my youngest, with just a pinch of cinnamon. 4 other minis with stronger cinnamon flavor & a few pieces of grapes. Can’t wait for the next baking challenge.

  14. #
    Adrienne — July 25, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Delicious! I love anything apple and this did not disappoint! I sliced my apples a bit thinner because I like them well cooked and it was just perfect. The crust baked up crisp and flaky but still tender. A keeper for sure!

  15. #
    Carol G — July 25, 2023 at 5:31 am

    This Apple Galette did not disappoint, the crust was delicious and easy to make. This was a delicious, sweet taste that reminded us of Fall.

  16. #
    Erin M. — July 24, 2023 at 5:15 am

    I made 2 smaller galettes and they were very easy to put together! The crust technique was new to me but very easy to work with! They taste excellent!

  17. #
    Jess J — July 23, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    Both hubby & I are not big fruit pie eaters, but we genuinely loved this!! I honestly think the li’l bit of apricot jam put on right out of the oven was the difference-maker! I personally REALLY liked the texture of the dough with the chunky sugar on it 🙂 A great recipe all around! 5 stars for sure!

  18. #
    Laurie — July 22, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    So tasty and easy to make. Loved the pie crust! I usually don’t have a lot of success with pie dough, but followed Tessa’s instructions and trusted the process and it turned out great. I didn’t have the apricot preserves so I cooked the leftover “apple juice” and created a thick jam that I used instead. That really seemed to amp up the flavor.

  19. #
    Heidi — July 22, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    a beautiful dessert that is great for family functions. tastes great and recipe was perfect.

  20. #
    James Talvy — July 19, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Fantastic Apple galette. I made apple/blueberry.

  21. #
    Iman Osman — July 19, 2023 at 5:54 am

    loved it! so simple and delicious

  22. #
    Jaina Lunsford — July 18, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    Basically a free-form apple pie—delicious!

  23. #
    Susie Ryan — July 17, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    Loved this one! Better than apple pie

  24. #
    Melissa Lankheet — July 17, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Yum! It was delicious and tasted like pie! Much easier to make than I thought.

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      Fatima — July 19, 2023 at 9:00 am

      I loved it! Simple and very tasty. I’ll make it again

  25. #
    Holly — July 17, 2023 at 7:34 am

    My family loved the little apple treat!! We had it to celebrate the 4th of July! I was always intimidated by pie crust….. not anymore. This turned out great! Can’t wait to try another flavor!!

  26. #
    Kim Cerchiai — July 16, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    I used a sparkly decorative sugar on the top and it made for a wonderful little crunch on it. Everyone LOVED it!

  27. #
    David — July 16, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    Just pulled from the oven and cooled. So good. Easy and the all butter our crust is so flaky and tender.

  28. #
    Jennifer — July 16, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    The crust was so flaky! this whole galette was super quick and easy and the whole house smelled delicious while baking

  29. #
    Taylor — July 15, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    Yum! Everyone loved it!

  30. #
    Lenny Shepherd — July 12, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    This was so much easier than a pie! and the crust was so flakey! Loved it!

  31. #
    Stephanie — July 11, 2023 at 8:04 am

    Really liked making this recipe. Pie crust directions made it less stressful. Just pulled it out of the oven but can’t wait to try it!

  32. #
    Tamera — July 10, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    Delicious!!! feeling so satisfied!

  33. #
    Cindy Wall — July 10, 2023 at 5:33 am

    Such a great and impressive dessert. Make two crusts, you won’t regret it. I got lots of compliments on the crust. It has great flavor and perfect flakiness. Using bread flour with a little all purpose really makes a difference, don’t skip this part. The Apple Galette begs to be served with a decadent vanilla bean ice cream. 🙂

  34. #
    Gabriela — July 6, 2023 at 7:58 am

    This came out so good! I love the sugar crunch too!

  35. #
    Kim — November 18, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    I have a friend who’s diabetic and I wondered if you think I could substitute Truvia for the brown sugar? Thank you!

    • #
      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 18, 2022 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Kim! We haven’t tried anything like that, so I can’t say for sure, sorry! Let us know how it goes if you give that a try!

  36. #
    Darci — September 17, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Love this version of the apple galette. The combo of lemon with spices is spot on. Thanks for a great recipe.

  37. #
    Heather — March 20, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I’ve made this numerous times! Thanks for reminding me that I had made this years ago! Everyone loved it!!

  38. #
    Luke — December 3, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    So, the pie crust recipe calls for cutting the dough in half at the end. Does this recipe just use one half of the dough from the recipe or do you combine the two halves for one galette crust?

    Excited to complete this recipe and share with friends! Looks amazing and delicious. And all the comments really are encouraging.

    • #
      Emily — December 7, 2021 at 9:47 am

      Hi Luke! Thanks for your feedback, I see where that can be confusing for each recipe! This recipe calls for 1 (single crust) Best Ever Pie Crust. Our Pie Crust recipe has directions on making a single or double crust, but I just included that cutting the dough in half in that recipe is just for when making a double crust. I also updated our Apple Galette ingredient list to clarify more.

      This is one of my all-time favorite HTH recipes, I can’t wait to hear what you think! You just might double this recipe next time 😉

  39. #
    Inga — November 28, 2021 at 11:26 am

    OMG, it’s the best pie crust ever!!! And I have tried many. Everything was explained so so well, that you cannot fail. Thank you so much!

    • #
      Emily — November 29, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      So glad to hear that, Inga!

  40. #
    Jessica — November 22, 2021 at 3:58 am

    Hi, I was wondering how soft the apples were in this recipe? My family is not a fan of crunchy apples. I just want to know if it would be okay for me to cook the apples and spices together first, let cool, then assemble and bake the galette?


    (Sorry if I have already asked the question, but it looks like my previous comment/question didn’t post.)

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      Emily — November 22, 2021 at 11:47 am

      Hi Jessica! It really depends on how thin your apple slices are. As long as your slices aren’t thicker than 1/4 inch, the apples will be soft when fully baked. Any thicker and you run the risk of slightly crunchier apples. You’re welcome to cook them for a little bit first, but I don’t think it’s necessary! Please let us know how what you think 🙂

  41. #
    Nora — November 16, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Hi dear I can’t See the recipe for the crust?

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      Emily — November 17, 2021 at 9:39 am

      Hi Nora! We link the pie crust used for this recipe in the Ingredients list as well as in the Directions. Please let me know if you need any more help 🙂 Enjoy your galette!

  42. #
    Regina Thamsil — November 12, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    A wonderful recipe, I made this 3 days ago and my son, husband fight for it. Just don’t forget to top it up with vanilla ice cream it’s a divine recipe

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      Emily — November 15, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      Yes! Vanilla ice cream is so yummy with the galette! Happy it was such a hit with your family! 🙂

  43. #
    John Brown — October 27, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Your Apple Galette was a great recipe in which my friends thoroughly enjoy

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      Haley Wehner — October 28, 2021 at 9:59 am

      Wonderful to hear, John!

  44. #
    Sarah Carver — October 17, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Oh my goodness! Another wonderful Handle the Heat recipe! I loved everything about this galette. Perfect dessert and so easy to make. It is loaded with just the right amount of cinnamon and ginger and the crust melts in your mouth. It tastes even better with a scoop of homemade French vanilla ice cream. I can’t wait to make it again.

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      Emily — October 18, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      Hooray!! Glad to hear it, Sarah 🙂

  45. #
    Susan — October 17, 2021 at 8:14 am

    I made this today and while we haven’t tried it yet, the apples on top at least seem a bit spongy feeling. Would I have cut them too thin? I used Honey crisp apples. I baked for 50 min. Looks beautiful though and can’t wait to try it.

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      Emily — October 18, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Susan! Have you tried the galette yet? The apples should be completely baked through and feel relatively soft to the touch. If they look a bit dried out from the oven, I highly recommend using the apricot jam mixture brushed on top as it not only adds a bit of moisture to the apples, but it also adds a picture-perfect sheen. Please let me know how it tasted!

  46. #
    Cassie — October 16, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Amazing! Love how simple this recipe is, and of course delicious.

    • #
      Emily — October 18, 2021 at 2:36 pm

      So happy you enjoyed it, Cassie! My husband and I agree, we devoured it within a day! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  47. #
    Idar Hoydal — October 7, 2021 at 11:44 am

    For the Apple Galette, do you use brown or white coarse sugar for the sprinkling at the end?

    • #
      Emily — October 7, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Idar! We used white coarse sugar 🙂 Please let us know what you think if you give this recipe a try!

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