Why have I not made a galette before? It's so rustic and delicious (translation: easy, messy, and you're tempted to eat all of it.) Galette just sounds like it couldn't be that simple, but perhaps that's just my fear for the French language in general.
Last night at 10:14pm I was craving something sweet and fruity. I unrolled my thawed puff pastry, peeled and sliced a few apples, took a couple handfuls of berries from the freezer and voila! -- a full-fledged dessert was baking in the oven!
apple & berry galette
serves 5-6 (or fewer if it is serving a late-night craving...)
1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
2-3 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/3 C frozen berries -- optional
squeeze of fresh lemon juice (I didn't use any in this one, but my apples may have suffered for it)
3-4 teas granulated sugar
2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven 375. Unroll puff pastry (about 10" square) and put the parchment paper it comes wrapped in on a baking sheet. Place puff pastry on the lined baking sheet.
In a bowl, stir together apples, berries (if using), butter, lemon juice, a dash of cinnamon, and a couple teaspoons of sugar. Mound in the middle of the pastry square, leaving a 2" border of pastry around the fruit. Pull pastry border up and over the edge of the fruit, leaving the fruit in the center bare. The pastry will kind of pleat as you work your way around the fruit.
Brush the pastry with the beaten egg. Sprinkle about a teaspoon or so of sugar over the whole galette. Bake for about 30 minutes, until pastry is golden and apples are tender. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving (some of the juices will get reabsorbed).