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Birdseye view of an apple galette on a sheet of bakign paper. It sits on a concrete background

French Apple Galette Recipe (Apple Crostata)

Luscious layers of baked apple wrapped in an easy tart pastry, my Apple Galette recipe is one of the easiest dessert recipes you can have in your arsenal. Ready in under an hour!
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword apple crostata recipe, apple galette, apple galette recipe, french apple tart, galette recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 325kcal
Author Isabel Laessig


  • Baking sheet
  • Food processor, pastry cutter, or a fork
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • rolling pin
  • Parchment paper


Easy Pastry Recipe

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1⅓ sticks salted butter cubed and chilled
  • 2-3 Tablespoons ice water
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten

Apple Pastry Filling

  • 3 medium granny smith apples
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • squeeze of lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar


Making the pastry

  • Place the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor and pulse for 20 seconds or until the largest piece of butter is the size of a pea. Add the egg and process just until combined. With the processor on low, drizzle in the iced water just until the dough starts to clump.
    Then, turn the dough out onto a very lightly floured board and just gently pull it together – don’t knead it too much. Wrap it in plastic wrap or baking paper and place it in the fridge for ½ an hour to rest.
    1½ cups all-purpose flour, 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar, 1⅓ sticks salted butter, 2-3 Tablespoons ice water, 1 egg
    The bowl of a food processor with pastry dough inside. The the right the dough is flattened into a disk.

Making the filling

  • Preheat the oven to 395°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Peel the apples, then chop each apple into quarters. Slice out the core of each quarter and then cut each quarter into 4 or 5 slices. Place the apple slices in a bowl and add the sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice.
    3 medium granny smith apples, ¼ cup packed light brown sugar, 1½ Tablespoons all-purpose flour, squeeze of lemon, 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    On the left, apples being sliced. On the right the slices are mixed with cinnamon and sugar in a white bowl

Assembling the galette

  • Sprinkle some flour over the bench top, place the dough on top and sprinkle the top with a little flour too. Gently roll it out to about a 10 inch circle (about ½ of an inch thick).
    Place the rolling pin on the dough on the furthest side from you, wrap the top of the dough over the rolling pin and roll it back towards you, rolling the dough around the rolling pin.
    Roll it back out in reverse onto the prepared baking tray.
    Arrange or scatter the apples in the center of the disk of dough, making sure to leave a 1.5 inch ring clear around the edge. Discard any remaining juice that may have come out of the apples in the bowl.
    Gently gather the edges of the dough and fold over the edge of the apples, leaving the center uncovered.
    Brush the egg around the edge of the pastry and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
    1½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 large egg, 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
    On the left, a top down view of a galette being folded. On the right a finished galette ready for the oven.
  • Bake for around 45 minutes until the edges of the pastry are golden and crisp. If there are any pools of liquid in the galette, you can just soak a little away with paper towel. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
    Taking a slice of apple galette on a cake slice. The galette sits on brown baking paper


  1. The water and butter need to be COLD: After you chop the butter, you may want to put it in the freezer. Both the water and butter should be ice cold for the crust.
  2. Don't knead the dough too much: It's important not to play with the dough or knead it too much. You want the cold butter to stay cold and not melt into the dough for a crisp, flaky pastry.
  3. Be careful not to overstuffToo much filling may may make the galette bake improperly. Carefully follow the directions so you don't overstuff your galette.
  4. Put a dab of butter on top: Adding a pat of butter to the top of the galette while it bakes will add an extra rich layer to an already delicious dessert!


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg