I originally wrote this recipe for Rosh Hashanah, when both apples and honey are traditionally served. I always try to make this as close to the time I need it, so that it will remain fresh and uneaten. Fresh cakes have a mysterious way of disappearing sometimes...
- 1 lb pkg puff pastry, thawed overnight in the refrigerator -
- 3 Granny Smith apples -
- 3 Red Delicious apples -
- 1 Tbsp oil -
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon -
- 1 Tbsp sugar -
- 2 Tbsp honey -
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Remove ¼ of the dough and keep it covered; set aside. Place the remaining dough on a large piece of parchment paper and roll into a 9 x 11-inch rectangle. Using a fork, prick holes in the dough at 2-inch intervals. Transfer to a baking sheet.
3. Cut the apples in half, and then cut another ½-inch slice off the cut side and discard. (That ½-inch slice includes the pits and core in the center.) Lay the pieces of apple on the cutting board cut-side down and slice into thin, even slices, creating semi-circle shapes.
4. Lay the apple slices in neat, even rows directly onto the rolled dough, overlapping slightly. Leave a 1-inch border of dough all around. You will probably need 3 rows of apple slices to cover the dough. Mix the oil with cinnamon and brush onto the apples. Sprinkle apples evenly with sugar.
5. Roll out the remaining dough into a 9 x 11-inch rectangle and cut into 4 long, strips. Place the strips along the outer edges of the apple-covered pastry, forming a raised edge. Overlap dough strips of the corners and cut off any excess dough. Press the very outer edges (where the dough meets) together with your fingertips. Using a fork, prick holes into the border as well.
6. Place in oven and bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with honey. Serve warm from the oven. (If serving later, let Galette come to room temperature before serving.)
NOTE: You can place the apple slices in a bowl of apple juice to ensure they don’t turn brown while you finish the remaining preparations.