chocolate, toffee + apple galette

by amy on 29 November 2011

as many of you read on here last week, last week was special week for me – not only was it the one year anniversary of my engagement to my now-husband, but it also marked the first Thanksgiving for which i’d be doing all the cooking, including tackling my first turkey. thankfully, the meal turned out wonderfully – the bird was cooked perfectly, the sides were savory + delicious, + the meal was an incredible success. i’m already starting to think about what i’ll make for next year’s thanksgiving!

dessert-wise, i mentioned in my last post that i was looking to add something chocolaty to the dessert menu, but hadn’t quite figured out the exact recipe yet. y’all came up with some amazing ideas (seriously, you people know your chocolate!) including this chocolate, toffee + apple galette that i knew would be just perfect. my first experience making a galette a couple months ago turned out so delicious + i was ready to tackle another of these easy-to-make, rustic pies on thanksgiving day.

so how did it taste? fantastic! the crust is deliciously buttery, has a delightfully flaky texture + turned a beautiful golden brown. the apples are warm, flavforful, + tender, while the chocolate + toffee are rich + deliciously melty, a fab combination with the apples. add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top + you’ve got a perfect, festive holiday dessert! it was great for thanksgiving, + would be similarly great for the upcoming holiday parties that i know you’ll all be attending soon!

chocolate, toffee + apple galette

serves 8, adapted from two peas & their pod

ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup coarse cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 large granny smith apples, thinly sliced
cinnamon + sugar, for sprinkling on the apple slices (*optional, see my note in the directions below)
1 cup heath milk chocolate toffee bits + about 12 chopped Heath fun-size candy bars
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

directions

to make the dough, combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, + salt in a processor; pulse 2-3 times. add butter + pulse 4-5 times, or until mixture resembles coarse meal. with the processor running, slowing pour the buttermilk through the chute, processing until the dough forms a ball. remove the dough ball + adhere any remaining pieces of dough to it, then wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper. refrigerate for at least 45 minutes (or up to 3 days in advance) before rolling out.

center a rack in the oven + preheat to 350 degrees F.

remove the dough from the refrigerator + place on a sheet of parchment paper. starting at the center of the dough, roll out, forming a 14-15-inch wide circle. place the dough with parchment paper on a baking sheet.

generously sprinkle apple slices with cinnamon + sugar. arrange apple slices in a spoke pattern on the galette dough, leaving a 2″ border. (*note: i skipped sprinkling the apples with cinnamon + sugar because i figured that the giant pile of toffee + chocolate would add enough sweetness. i really like the way it turned out – sweet, but not overly so. it’s up to you whether you add the cinnamon/sugar or not.)

sprinkle the toffee bits over the apple slices, making sure all of the slices are covered. fold the border over the apples, overlapping where necessary + pressing gently to adhere the folds.

lightly brush the edge of the dough with the egg + sprinkle crust with turbinado sugar.

bake the galette for 45-50 minutes, or until the apples are tender + the crust is golden brown. transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes. serve warm or at room temperature.

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1 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl November 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

Amy, this looks amazing! And if this is any indication, I know the rest of your Thanksgiving meal turned out just as lovely.

2 amy November 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

you are too sweet! the rest of the meal did turn out very pretty – we’ll be posting pics + recipes of the other recipes on the blog over the next few weeks. hope your thanksgiving was perfect!

3 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee November 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

Looks fantastic. Your crust looks so pretty:) Glad your turkey day meal was so successful.

4 amy November 29, 2011 at 10:56 am

thanks so much, steph! i broke out the fluted pastry cutter to give it those pretty crimped edges. first time using that wedding gift + now i’m addicted! hope your thanksgiving turned out absolutely amazing – i’m sure it did. =)

5 Jeff November 29, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I think I’d need a cocktail after making something like that! What a tasty little dish! I suppose any fruit could really be added inside as well… like cherries! Or would that be too much of a mess?

6 amy November 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

i did enjoy a cranberry champagne cocktail while making this, so i like the way you think. =) you could definitely tweak it with any fruits that you want. i think cherries would be great, as would strawberries, maybe even cranberries. adding some sort of nuts, like almonds or walnuts would probably also be tasty. really, you can improvise quite a bit with galettes, which i love about them.

7 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD November 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I have no idea what a galette is but it looks fabulous and tasty!!

8 amy November 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

ha! it’s basically a rustic pie or tart – rather than baking it in a pie or tart pan, you bake it freeform on a baking sheet. they’re much easier than pies in my experience + look just as pretty!

9 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

this is so beautiful! I haven’t yet made a galette, but you keep inspiring me to finally give it a try :) I love that you changed things up a bit with these flavors!

10 amy November 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

i think you’ll love galettes when you give ‘em a try. they just turn out so pretty + rustic-looking. i’m looking forward to making more with the seasonal fruits that come through during the changing seasons – it’ll be fun to play around with pretty color combinations. =)

11 danielle November 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

This looks great – you always have the best chocolate treats on your blog!

12 amy November 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

aww, thank you so much danielle. i love finding treats + recipes that are a little different, a little unexpected. =)

13 Lesley November 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Oh wow, it looks fantastic! As in, it’s very pretty!

14 amy November 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm

thanks, lesley! some foods can be hard to make look pretty, as you know, but galettes always look gorgeous. one of the reasons i love ‘em!

15 Renee November 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

You have inspired me to try something new…a galette! Looks so lovely and tasty too. I am sure your Thanksgiving meal was fantastic and I am looking forward to your upcoming posts about it. Such a special time for you too.

16 amy November 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm

yay, i love that! i’m sure your galette is going to try out just fabulous – you can really play around with the ingredients/fillings + customize it to suit your taste. glad to hear that you had a night pre-thanksgiving weekend, + a relaxing thanksgiving. it sounded just lovely. =)

17 Ally Garner November 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Oh my this looks delicious. I love the toffee/apple flavor profile – perfect for Fall Holidays. I’ve only made one galette and it was superb, but would never have thought to add chocolate. I imagine this was a HUGE hit. I knew your Thanksgiving Dinner would turn out perfectly. You’re so talented Amy! So glad you had a terrific Holiday sweet friend!

18 amy November 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

i was skeptical about the chocolate, too, but it turned out delicious, especially when a little vanilla ice cream was added. a great mix of sweet, tart, savory, buttery, + rich. my type of dessert. =) thanks for your sweet words as always, ally! (+ thanks for your christmas movie recommendations today – my husband is going to love it when i surprise him with all these DVRd christmas classics).

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