Apple Galette Low-Carb

Apple Galette Low-Carb Recipe
Autumn is in the air with the scent of apples and aromatic spice filling the house with comfort, especially when you have an Apple Galette baking to perfection in the oven, like your favorite warm fuzzy blanket. Also, we can’t forget to mention that it is Oktoberfest and it brings back memories of apples (not just beer and sausage) since the fall is harvest season and we recall having apple strudels at this time of the year from Corina’s German grandma “Oma”. Oh how we wish Oma Lena would make her famous apple strudel for us!

You know the feeling, when you almost can taste the food you are craving for and can’t wait to eat it again. To make an old fashioned strudel was quite a feat and time consuming. Oma would stretch the splendid dough across her crisp linen covered kitchen table so thin that we thought it will rip at any moment. But you know what, it almost never did. She then artfully drizzled the filling in just the right places, rolled it up, and baked it to crisp perfection.

With all of our busy schedules these days, we can’t even imagine attempting to bake the way she used to. Well thanks to the French, we have a quicker remedy for our apple craving. We made a healthier and easier French treat with a low-carb Apple Galette. As you may have noticed we are making healthier versions of some of our traditional favorites and this Apple Galette is made with no refined white sugar and no white flour.

Farmers Market Judit CorinaApple Galette Low-Carb Dessert
The best part about this truly scrumptious Apple Galette Low-Carb version is that you don’t need any special pie shell just a plain cookie sheet. The aroma of warm apple and cinnamon is so tantalizing that every time we wish we would have baked two galettes instead of one. This rustic galette is really simple to make and we made a low-carb version by substituting Low Carb Bake Mix instead of regular flour, and used coconut sugar instead of refined sugar to make it a little bit more healthy.

Apple Galette Recipe
In the past we never considered the negative effects of too much refined sugar and white flour. When Paul (Judit’s husband, Corina’s dad) in end of May got diagnosed with Diabetes you can imagine our shock because he was not over weight, and within a year he lost over 35 pounds and was already a slim and active person. Sometimes life gives you changes and first you think how difficult it will be until you realize it is actually a blessing. As we decided to live and cook in more healthful ways, we are excited daily to find small changes with big benefits. Judit lost 15 pounds without dieting and Corina 7 pounds and by the way Paul gained 16 pounds back and his blood sugar levels are much lower. Still not perfect but he will slowly get there!

It’s a daily change, but you still can splurge and enjoy our favorite foods in moderation. So we are more conscious of the ingredients and did you know that cinnamon is so good for you and as some studies say it helps with controlling blood sugar levels and fighting bacteria. Apples are high in soluble fiber and Vitamin C with pectin and antioxidants. They may even help your endurance when you exercise. Maybe we can run to the table faster now for another piece of Apple Galette!

Apple Galette Low-Carb
When you take a bite (a Glamorous Bite) of this Apple Galette, you taste crunchy bits of buttery crust enveloped by warm tender apple and spiked with spicy nuances from the cinnamon coconut sugar with a jolt of sweetness from the raisins. You can’t stop at just once bite, you have to go for another and another…. It is the simplest of autumn indulgences and really is a celebration of the ripening of the fruits of the earth and the beginning of harvest.

Santa Barbara Farmers Market Honey
Farmers Market Beeswax Dog
September seems to be very moody lately, one day brilliant summery warmth of over 80F and the next few days are overcast and chilly. We do not mind the cooler evenings, especially now that the Holiday season is soon starting, because it is more inviting to stay indoors and get busy in the kitchen and we all enjoy freshly baked goodies with a cup of coffee in the afternoon. And it is Oktoberfest, a German festivity that started in the 1800’s in Munich with the wedding of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and today is celebrated in other parts of the world with the main attractions being beer, sausages, sauerkraut, and apple strudel. Thinking of Oktoberfest we were craving something with lovely apples, not too sweet and without too much fuss.

To find the most sublime apples we went to the ‘Tuesday’ Farmers Market in Santa Barbara. Almost every day is a Market day in some part of the town and on Tuesdays it is in the heart of downtown on State Street. A section of the road gets closed for the afternoon so that the booths can be set up and market goers can wander the street in search of locally grown produce.

Santa Barbara Farmers Market Judit
Back home we examined our market treasures and as always perused through our bounty of shiny jewel colored eggplants, seedless red grapes, crisp round apples, local honey, salad and onions and bunches upon bunches delicate leaves of fresh herbs. First Judit put the herbs in vases (mason jars) filled with water so they retain their freshness longer and they do make nice decorations in fridge and on the kitchen counter. Corina quickly washed an apple and perched on the kitchen bar stool so we started to decide as to what shall be cooked first and when.

The gorgeous eggplants will become something next week…perhaps a delectable vegetable tartan or if we really want to splurge we might add cheese and breadcrumbs on top and make, as you may have already guessed, a lush vegetable gratin, well we will see. The red Gala apples looked especially good and crispy and we did end up with a lot of them which will be good for eating and of course for baking.

Apple Galette Low-Carb Dough
Apple Galette Egg
Apples Galette
Corina took a bite of the scrumptious apple and thought it could have a higher purpose as a delicious apple tart or something more rustic like an Apple Galette. First grandma’s apple strudel came to mind but then we thought lets make something faster we can’t wait that long to have dessert. We both smiled over the idea, just look how agreeable we can be when it involves dessert and quickly started preparing the apples for the filling and rolled out the dough, which we had already made the day before and kept in the refrigerator. If you have not tried a galette before, be prepared, it is a simple dessert, but oh so decadent in status and is very addictive, at least it is in our kitchen it is.

Apple Galette Filling
The word “Galette” is originally adapted from French Cuisine and best described as a round flat crusty cake. We love the simple but elegant rustic look of this delectable tart (or pie or cake or just call whatever you like) but most of all we adore that is very quickly assembled in a freeform style. You can whip up the dough the day before as we did. This apple galette (or if you prefer apple tart or crostata) is so tasty it is hard to have just one piece. The slight sprinkling of cinnamon wafts in the air as the galette bakes in the oven.
Music Apple Galette

Apple Galette Low-Carb
 
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Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 cup Low-Carb Baking Mix from Bob’s Red Mill
  • ¼ Tsp Sea Salt
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter - chilled and cut into ½” cubes
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp Ice Water or more if you need it
Filling
  • 3 -4 Red Apples - cored and thinly sliced
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Stevia - or other natural sweetener
  • ½ Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Golden Raisins
  • 1 Egg Yolk - whisked with a little water
  • 1 Tbsp  Unsalted Butter
Instructions
For the Crust
  1. In a food processor combine the Low Carb baking mix, sea salt and the butter pieces. Pulse a few times until it becomes crumbly.
  2. Add the ice water one tablespoon at the time, until the dough comes together. Don’t overwork your pastry dough!
  3. Transfer the dough to a large piece of plastic wrap. Gather the pastry dough and flatten with the palm of your hand into a 1 inch thick disk. Wrap it up tightly. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Or you can also prepare the dough a day in advance and leave it in the refrigerator.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
For the Filling
  1. Halve and core the apples and thinly slice them.
  2. Take the pastry out from the refrigerator and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to 12 - 13 inches in diameter. Gently transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Arrange two thirds of the apple slices over the pastry dough, letting them slightly overlap, starting at about 1 inch from the edge of the dough.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, Stevia and cinnamon.
  5. Squeeze the lemon juice, drizzle the honey and half of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the apples.
  6. Layer the rest of the apples decoratively on top.
  7. Lay the fruit out in overlapping circles or rows. Then fold the outer edges of the pastry over the apples. Remember it is a rustic tart so don't worry about perfection.
  8. Brush pastry border with beaten egg. Sprinkle with golden raisins, and the rest of the cinnamon sugar. Finally dot with butter pieces.
  9. Bake for about 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until the crust turns golden brown. Cool to room temperature before serving.
 

You can make this recipe gluten-free by replacing the Low-Carb Baking Mix with a Gluten-Free flour. We are partial to MacIntosh or Gala apples for baking because both have crisp tender flesh and lovely flavors. This time we choose the red Gala because it has thinner skin so no need to peel them (unless you really wish to) and we wanted something more aromatic to bring the kitchen in the baking mode.

Apple Galette Low Carb Nutrition Facts: Servings 8, Serving size 1 slice: Calories 207 • Fat 9.8 g • Cholesterol 23g • Sodium 106 mg • Carbs 21.6 g • Fiber 4.3 g • Sugars 13.7 g • Protein 5.6 g

Traditional Apple Galette Nutrition Facts: Servings 8, Serving size 1 slice: Calories 398 • Fat 16.5 g • Cholesterol 44g • Sodium 200 mg • Carbs 38.8 g • Fiber 4.4 g • Sugars 17.9 g • Protein 2.4 g

Glamorous Pairing: To keep our German themed menu we paired our scrumptious not too sweet Apple galette Dessert with a Late Harvest Riesling from Santa Barbara Winery. Riesling is really popular as a late harvest dessert wine and for our delight the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara county offers the perfect growing condition for this decadent liquid treat. We love the balanced aromas of honey, orange blossom, apple and caramelized sugar. Just like the flavors of harvest captured in a bottle. Serve only slightly chilled and let the beautiful aromas tickle your mouth at every tiny sip. You can also enjoy this dessert with sweeter Sparkling Wines or Muscat.

We would love to know what your favorite apple dish is!

Apple Galette

Bon Appetit!

Judit Corina

42 Comments

  • I never thought of it before, but you are right Gallettes are kind of strudel like. But waaaay quicker. You all took time to arrange the top beautifully. So that always adds pleasure to the dish. And who doesn’t like apple pie!

    • You right Carol, Galettes are really so simple to make, not like an old fashioned Strudel! Of course the texture is a little more dense but we are not complaining, special when filled with apples.
      J+C

  • I always think galettes look so impressive and yet at the same time they sound so easy to make. Making one is definitely on my ‘food wish list’ – I wouldn’t mind trying to make a savoury one, too.
    I love that you’ve combined apples with cinnamon and raisins … and it’s all so healthy! Bonus!

    • Oh YES, a savory Galette sounds wonderful, Helen! Galettes are very rewarding for the time it takes to prepare them to admire your finished goods . It is also really easy to double the crust recipe and leave it in the fridge for later, or even freeze it. We are amazing about all the different low carb flours and substitutes what we could find in our grocery store and how much calories and carb we saved with this recipe.

  • A nice substitute for a strudel and I have always loved the rustic look of a galette like this.

  • Katalin says:

    Apple pie is one of my all time favorite dessert. Never made a Galette before but seems easy enough even for me! The beautiful photos are very inspiring to go to my kitchen and start baking.

  • Sues says:

    This is such a beautiful tart and feeds into my apple obsession even more!! Bonus points for making it healthier 🙂

  • Diana says:

    Beautiful AND yummy!!! Will give this a try for sure!

  • Beverly says:

    What a beautiful apple galette and I must give it a try! The coconut sugar sounds like a healthy alternative to the usual sugar and I haven’t tried low-carb baking mix before, but it sounds like a good idea.

    • We found the low carb baking mix from Bob’s Red Mill in our local grocery store. You can substitute beautifully for all propose or whole wheat flour in pies, tarts, muffins and in many other recipes. It has only 7g net Carb per 1/4 cup serving, and it is a wonderful ingredient for diabetics and for Paleo dieters.

  • Juliana says:

    YUM! This apple galette looks fabulous…I love the idea of using low carb crust…this way I can have an extra slice…love the farmer’s market pictures…
    Have a wonderful weekend 😀

  • gloria says:

    I love galettes and especially love this apple galette:)

  • Jane says:

    The photographs are just beautiful and the recipe sounds great. I am trying to be on a diet so this low-carb galette sounds just like the thing to keep me on track without depriving myself from enjoying dessert.

    • We are glad you like the photos Jane and you wont feel like you are missing out at all on dessert with this tasty apple galette. It is not too sweet, but still satisfying.

  • Apple galette? Mmmm… I am on a low carb diet so this is the dessert for me. In addition, who would resist to such a scrumptious treat?

    • We hope yo get to try the apple galette soon Denise! It is low-carb, but still has the wonderful apple flavors and crisp crust so you wont feel that you are missing the carbs at all.

  • cailee says:

    WOW!! This looks amazing!! …and it’s low carb?!! Good for you!! You guys are so cute!! What a lovely time growing up! 🙂

    • Oh you are so kind Cailee, you just made our day! The nice about this Low Carb baking mix is that you can substitute cup for cup instead of flour in most of your recipes. The flavor and texture is deliciously tender with a thin crisp layer. Now we can bake and enjoy our favorite desserts on a more healthy way 🙂

  • Miranda says:

    Apples in any form are just my favorite dessert and this Apple Galette is a wonderful low-carb version that sounds easier than apple pie.

  • Mona says:

    Come fall I always start thinking about making apple pie but after reading your post I think I will try a galette. With pie I always stress about getting the top crust to look perfect. Wouldn’t have to worry about this wilth a galette.

  • Mary Frances says:

    I love a rustic galette- almost more than a really perfect looking pie or tart.

  • I love any and all galettes, but apple is probably my favorite. Yours looks super good — thanks for this.

  • This is such a gorgeous galette and absolutely PERFECT for fall! I’d love a slice or two with a big ‘ol scoop of vanilla ice cream!

  • I love this recipe – it sounds delicious <3 I just came over from the G+ community where you introduced yourself a few days ago, and I really enjoy your blog!

  • What a beautiful galette! Low carb is a nice plus too! I love apples in galette and so nice to see a recipe using homemade crust. And I especially love that you added golden raisins! I put raisins in apple salad, etc but never thought of adding the raisins in the galette, so I’m going to remember to make this! Enjoyed reading your post. 🙂

  • What a beautiful dessert! I thought I left a comment earlier, but since I don’t see it here – I’m adding it again. Because this dessert is two comment worthy! 🙂 Looks delicious!

  • Daniela says:

    Beautiful pictures & presentation. The apple galette looks fantastic and light.

  • Lovely galette, J + C! And I love the connection to Corina’s grandmother. There’s nothing quite like making food that brings us back to a generation (or two) past.

  • Your galette would make a lovely addition to any party… or late night snacking binge 😛
    Beautiful photos!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    Your post made me think of the wonderful strudel that we had in Austria this time last year. A galette is much easier to make and yours sounds terrific. The apples in our orchard have a little frost on them this morning. When it warms up, I think I’ll pick some apples. 🙂

  • Marco says:

    This looks just great and I like apple a lot. I want it!

  • What a beautiful looking Galette!! I am sure it taste amazing too.. love everything about it.. 🙂

  • This galette is gorgeous and absolutely perfect for fall! Love that it’s low carb! That leaves room for a big slice with two big scoops of vanilla ice cream 🙂

  • mjskit says:

    What a lovely galette!! You asked what my favorite apple dish is, I have the feeling that after trying this, this galette would become my favorite. What a fun market! I’m quite jealous.

  • Rosa says:

    A beautiful galette! Really tempting and surely very delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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