This apple almond galette, or rustic apple tart recipe, is easy and impressive. With a layer of almond frangipane under the apples, it's a no-fuss combination of apple pie and French apple tart.
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But, they can be called tarts, pies, or simply rustic tarts! This rustic apple tart earns its name by being free form and homey looking. I love it. It doesn't feel fussy, but it's delicious.
What is the difference between a galette, crostata and tart?
Like my Pear and Frangipane Crostata, this apple tart is a rustic-style, open-faced pie!
These rustic tarts are like the jeans of the pie world. Casual forms of pie that everyone likes.
I love making apple tarts rustic, free-form and easy.
Don't miss my other apple recipes!
This glorious apple almond galette gets a custardy filling that bakes just under the fruit.
What is almond frangipane?
Frangipane is like a marzipan pastry cream. Well, not really, but let's start there.
Marzipan and Frangipane are both made with finely ground almonds and sugar – almond paste if you will.
Marzipan has more sugar and is usually treated as a candy. Frangipane typically gets the addition of eggs and other ingredients to create a filling that gets baked. Either inside tarts or pies, or croissants and buns.
I make the frangipane for this almond apple tart with store-bought almond paste, eggs and flour.
Is this apple galette like a French apple tart?
If you're looking for a French apple tart, but don't want to fuss with a tart ring, this rustic tart achieves similar results because of the eggs in the frangipane.
A French apple tart (often flavored with cream and Calvados, an apple liquor) includes eggs in the apple filling. This creates a lovely custard texture and the apple flavor sings through it!
Same thing here. The almond paste and eggs create a custard (now you know this is called frangipane) and the apples bake right on top. Yum!
I don't use puff pastry on my apple tart.
I use my Perfect Pie Crust to make this rustic apple dessert. It is buttery and flaky and I can make it ahead and keep it on hand in the freezer.
You can use store-bought pie crust, but you won't get the same flakiness and puff as you will with my recipe.
Dollop each serving of apple almond tart with sweetened whipped cream to serve!
With a layer of almond frangipane under the apples, it's a no-fuss combination of apple pie and French apple tart.
- 1 tube almond paste (7 oz)
- 2 large eggs (1 egg separated)
- 2 tbsp flour plus more for work surface
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1¼ to 1½ lbs baking apples peeled and cored
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp sugar plus more for top
- ¾ to 1 tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ recipe Perfect Pie Crust
- 2 tbsp sliced almonds
- Whipped cream optional
In a mixer bowl, beat together almond paste, 1 egg, 1 egg white, the flour and salt on high speed until fluffy, about 1 min; set aside.
Cut apples into 3/8-inch-thick slices and in a large bowl toss with juice, sugar, ginger and nutmeg.
Heat oven to 375°F and place rack in lower third. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a floured surface, roll out pie crust dough into a 14-inch oval. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Spread almond paste mixture over dough, leaving a 2-inch border around edge. Arrange apple slices over almond paste. Fold over border, pleating dough and covering outer edges of apples. Freeze 10 min.
In a small bowl, beat together remaining yolk and 2 tbsp water. Brush over crust. Generously sprinkle crust and apples with sugar. Top with nuts.
Bake until filling is just golden and apples are tender, about 1 hr. If crust browns too quickly, cover only crust with foil. Broil until apples are slightly browned, about 1 min. Slide galette on parchment onto a wire rack. Let cool slightly before serving. Serve with whipped cream if desired.
•You can substitute marzipan for the almond paste if that is what you find at the store.