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Easy (as) Apple Pie



Easy (as) Apple Pie

Apple pie might be the classic heart-warming American dessert, but our recipe uses a French technique to make what’s called a galette — a kind of free-form pastry that’s as tasty as it is unfancy.
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plastic wrap
  • Baking sheet
  • Rolling pin


  • *For the dough*
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ice water
  • *For the filling*
  • 3 tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • Put the flours, salt, and butter in the bowl and massage them together with your clean fingers until the mixture looks like little round lumps. Be patient; this will take a little while to get the hang of and to do.
  • Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, massage some more, and form into a ball. Flatten the dough into a large disc, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Put the apple slices, yogurt, cinnamon, and vanilla in the bowl you just used to make the dough, and mix well.
  • Take the disc out of the refrigerator and put it on the baking sheet. Using the rolling pin, roll the dough into a 15-inch circle (it doesn’t have to be exact). Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour in the center, leaving a 2-inch border all around (this means: don’t sprinkle the flour on the outermost 2 inches). Spread the apple mixture evenly over the flour, arranging the slices so they overlap.
  • Fold up the dough border to partially cover the fruit and pinch and seal the corners where possible.
  • Once the oven temperature has reached 400 degrees, carefully put the baking sheet in the oven and bake until the crust is lightly browned and the fruit is bubbling, 35-50 minutes. Set aside to cool a bit and serve warm or at room temperature.
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