This is the first year that I will make Christmas dinner for my family. And I wanted to find some indulgent (hey, it’s the holidays, right) recipes that weren’t completely off the reservation when it comes to calories, fat and sugar. It took me a while to find this apple galette recipe, but I think it totally fits the bill.

Rustic. Simple ingredients. Easy to make. Not too much sugar. Not too sweet. Feels indulgent. Perfect. And I can’t wait to try it Christmas evening!

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Serves 4


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups fresh apple, diced (recommend Honey Crisp or Granny Smith for flavor)
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4, 4×4-inch squares of puff pastry
  • 2 tbsp sanding sugar, clear


  1. Place an oven rack to the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix sugar, flour, lemon zest and cinnamon together in a bowl until well combined; stir in the diced apples.
  3. On the floured surface, gently roll each piece of pastry out slightly. This breaks up some of the pastry layers to prevent it from being too puffy when baked. Next, lay the squares of puff pastry on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, and using a pastry brush, lightly coat the edges of the pastry with beaten egg. This will help the pastry form a pouch while cooking.
  4. Spoon ¼ of the apple mixture into the middle of each pastry and top with ½ tbsp of cold butter. Fold edges of pastry over filling, leaving some filling exposed. Brush edges with beaten egg and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is puffed and brown and the apples are tender when pierced with a toothpick.
  6. Serve topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted sliced almonds (or fresh whipped cream).
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