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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Apple Cranberry Galette

Also known as How To Bake a Pie Like a Cheater But Look Like a Pastry Chef. Seriously the easiest pie you will EVER bake !!!

The ingredients are so ridiculously easy- in this case I'm using apples and cranberries, some flour, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and pastry.

Start prepping the fruit- cut up the apples (I used enough apples to get about 2 1/2 cups cut up apples). You can chop into chunks or small slices, whatever you prefer. I used about a cup of fresh cranberries, cut in half. A bit labor intensive but not too bad. Place fruit in a large bowl, toss with a tablespoon or so of lemon juice, a good dash of cinnamon or apple pie spice, about 1/3 cup flour and 3/4 cup sugar (use brown sugar for a caramel apple flavor). Set aside.

Prepare and roll out into a large circle a single crust pastry recipe. You can also cheat and use the store bought rolled up pastry if you want. Place pastry on greased rimmed baking sheet (sometimes a little juice leaks out and you don't want THAT mess in the oven). Pile the fruit in the middle, spreading out a little but leave a few inches of pastry open. 

Fold the edges up and pinch and ruffle as needed to get a nice rustic edge to the pie. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar if desired. Dot the fruit with butter (NO MARGARINE!!!) and bake at 375 degrees for about about 45 minutes. The crust will be deep golden brown and the fruit nice and tender.

Serve warm or cool.

You can use any kind of fruit to make this galette, but canned pie fillings don't work. Use fresh fruit. It's very versatile, quick and even easy to make up a bunch and freeze unbaked. Just pop a frozen one in the oven and bake about an hour.

Believe me, it will look like you fussed all day when it takes just minutes!!

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