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Brown Butter Apple Galette With Your Kids

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The way I see it, there are two kinds of pie in this world: Perfect pie and imperfect pie.

To make a perfect pie, you have to get all the steps and proportions and assembly just so. But if you make a galette, you can relax. This free-form pie is supposed to be rustic and homey — not bake-shop perfect. And don’t worry, it tastes just as good (if not better).

As I took my first bite of fresh apple galette, my husband called out with a “How is it?”

I was in buttery-dough, caramel-topped-apple heaven. But I managed to get one word out. “Awesome.”

“Really? Awesome?”

“Mmm-hmm. Nothing short of awesome.”

A brown-butter apple galette would make a decadent dessert for any nice milchig occasion. But if I was a kid home from school for Presidents Day Weekend, I’d think that was occasion enough.

There’s nothing more American than apple pie, and nothing better to bake with kids than a dish that isn’t supposed to look perfect. Put them together and you get a brown-butter apple galette with caramel glaze.

Sounds fancy, but it isn’t hard at all. I'll show you.

Make the dough in your food processor, then roll it out and brush a tablespoon of brown butter over the surface. (To brown your butter, just let melted butter sit over the heat a bit longer than needed. Keep an eye on it to make sure you don’t end up with black butter!) Then start laying out your apple slices in a spoke pattern.


See? Already so pretty.

Now brown a bit more butter and brush it over the apples before folding the crust in towards the center.


Moisten the folds of dough by brushing on a bit of whole milk. Sprinkle the whole thing with a little sugar (vanilla or light brown are both great), and stick it in the oven.


Lookin’ good!

As it cools, make a quick caramel glaze and then drizzle your little heart out.


There you go.


The only thing that’s missing right now is…

Vanilla ice cream. Clearly.


Muuuuch better.

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Click for the full Galette Recipe.