Rustic Apple Galette (Pie Tart)

8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Rustic Apple Galette (Pie Tart) is even easier than pie! Fresh apples are baked with vanilla and cinnamon in a flaky pastry crust for a perfect dessert.

Think of Apple Galette as a simplified Apple Pie. There’s no need for a pie pan, or for making a lattice crust. The fresh fruit is folded easily into the chilled pie dough and cooked on a baking sheet for a wonderfully simple Dessert Recipe.

Rustic Apple Galette on baking dish


This simple Galette is sure to become a favorite Fall dessert. In our house, Apple Baked Tart is a must-have treat around Thanksgiving. It’s right up there with other delicious Fall recipes like Pumpkin Pie and Apple Cider.

The fresh apples, ground cinnamon, and pastry crust all come together so easily. It has the warm flavors of an Apple Pie, but in an everyday dessert that you can make quickly. There’s no need for any fancy pastry skills. You get a buttery crust and sweet apple filling with minimal effort.

To take your Rustic Apple Galette up a notch serve it with your favorite ice cream on top. You could even make your own Vanilla Ice Cream and top that off with some delicious Whipped Cream. The creamy toppings will melt into the warm tart and pastry crust for the ultimate comforting dessert.


Although using a prepared pie crust is easy, you could also make your own pastry dough. Here’s a simple dough recipe:

  1. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ cup chilled butter, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt to a food processor or mixing bowl.
  2. If using a food processor, pulse the cold butter with the other ingredients until it’s in coarse crumbs. For a mixing bowl, do the same thing using a pastry cutter.
  3. Add 6 tablespoons water to the mixture. You want to use cold water for the best results. Pulse the ingredients again until combined with the chilled water.
  4. Form the dough into a ball and place it on a floured surface. Add some extra flour to your hands and flatten the dough slightly.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for an hour to make a nicely chilled dough.
  6. Take the refrigerated dough from the fridge and put it on the baking sheet. Use a rolling pin to spread the rolled dough out, until it’s the right size for your Rustic Apple Galette.



  • Prep time: It’s up to you if you want to peel the apple or bake the apple slices with the peel for some extra texture. Slice and core 3 medium apples into fairly thin pieces for the apple filling. You’ll also want to prep the sheet pan with baking parchment and preheat the oven.
  • Fruit Filling: Add the sliced apples, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl. Toss them thoroughly until the apples are entirely coated.
  • Pie Crust: Place dough on the prepared baking sheet. The rolled-out dough should be in about a 9-inch circle. If you’re worried about the crust drying out, you can melt butter to brush over it.
  • Combine: Take the apples from the mixing bowl and place them on the pie crust. Arrange the slices so they’re overlapping and going out in a circle like dominos. Make sure the apples stay 2 inches from the pastry border. Fold that outer dough over, making overlapping folds. You don’t have to worry about making the folds too perfect as it’s meant to look homey and rustic.
  • Egg wash: Separate the egg white from the egg yolk and whisk the egg white in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash over the Apple Galette. The egg wash will help the coarse sparkling sanding sugar to stick to the galette.
  • Bake time: Bake for 20-22 minutes. Take it out when the Apple tart is golden brown and bubbly. You can let it cool slightly on the baking sheet or a wire rack before serving.

Rustic Apple Galette on baking dish before baking


  • Flavor: There are lots of different flavor combos you could try in your Apple Galette. For some extra tartness toss the apples with fresh lemon juice. For a perfect spice blend mix the cinnamon with ground nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
  • Fruit: Granny Smiths are always our go-to favorite baking apples. However, if you want a sweeter tart, you could try Honeycrisp, Gala, or Golden Delicious apples. You could also mix in other fruits like peaches, strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. Galettes are great with pretty much any fresh fruit.
  • Sweeteners: Although the recipe calls for granulated sugar you could always use brown sugar, honey, or coconut sugar as alternatives to granulated sugar.
  • Small Galettes: Try dividing the pie crust into small pieces. You can divide it into 3-inch pieces for mini pie crusts. Put them all on one baking sheet and make sure to still leave room at the dough edge when you divide the apples into the mini crusts. Keep an eye on them while baking as the mini galettes will bake faster than a large one.



  • Serve: After letting the Rustic Apple Galette cool, you can wrap it in plastic wrap to store at room temperature. It will stay good in the pantry for 2 days.
  • Store: Kept sealed, the tart will also be good in the fridge for 4-5 days.
  • Freeze: For long-term storage, wrap the Apple Dessert tightly and freeze it for up to 6 months.

Rustic Apple Galette on baking dish

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Rustic Apple Galette (Pie Tart)

Rustic Apple Galette (Pie Tart) is even easier than pie! Fresh apples are baked with vanilla and cinnamon in a flaky pastry crust for a perfect dessert.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 large egg white , lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sanding sugar


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Peel, core, and slice apples thinly (between 1/8-¼ inch thick) into a large bowl.
  • Add the sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, tossing the apples well.
  • Add the pie crust to your baking sheet and brush with melted butter.
  • Top with the apple mixture, adding them in a domino, overlapping pattern in circles, spread to 2" from the edge of the pie dough, evenly.
  • Fold the crust over in 2" sections, making overlapping folds as you go.
  • Brush with egg white, then sprinkle with coarse sanding sugar.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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