Apple, Ham & Smoked Gouda Galettes

“A HUNGRY STOMACH SELDOM SCORNS PLAIN FOOD.”  Horace

Apple, Ham & Smoked Gouda Galettes | From My Sweet Heart

Have you ever been so busy that you forget to eat?  And then when you finally have a moment to realize that you are hungry, what you eat tastes so incredibly good.  Which leads you to wonder, was it really that good?  Or was I just really that hungry?! 

I decided to try this humble, savory galette today.  It’s made in stages.  First the dough for the crust.  Then it chills.  Then you fill it.  Chill it some more.  And then bake it for a half an hour or so.  And in between I kept myself kind of busy.  So at 4pm when this apple and ham galette was finally ready..I realized that I hadn’t had anything but a cup of coffee today..and I was more than ready to eat it!  So simple yet flavorful.  A warm, flaky, tender crust, sprinkled with grated smoked gouda and just the right amount of pepper is filled with buttery apples, apricot jam, mustard and ham; lavished with an egg wash and a pinch of sea salt; and then baked to a golden perfection!  Yes…I was hungry…..but this was delicious!

Galettes and crostatas are easy and rustic.  Rustic, however, is not a matter of laziness, but a matter of simplicity.  And I love when a recipe is simple; yet tastes like you’ve spent hours on it!  The only lengthy part of this recipe is waiting for your dough to chill.  But it is well worth the wait!

 

 

Apple, Ham & Smoked Gouda Galettes | From My Sweet Heart

 

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted, chilled butter, cut into cubes
  • 4 oz smoked gouda cheese
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 -1 cup ice water

In the bowl of your food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, pepper and salt.  Cover and pulse a couple of times to combine.  Add the butter.  Cover and pulse again just until the pieces of butter resemble small peas.  Add the cheese, cover and pulse a few times again to combine.  Add the egg yolks, cover and pulse to combine once more. 

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.  Gradually add just 3/4 cup of water, stirring with a fork to combine.  Squeeze a small handful of the dough together.  It should easily hold together without crumbling.  If necessary, add more water a tablespoon at a time.  (I ended up using close to a cup of water.)  When the dough holds together, gather it into a ball, kneading just enough to hold it together.  Transfer to a cutting board and divide into 6 equal pieces.  Wrap each in plastic wrap, and then pat the plastic wrapped dough ball into a 4 inch disk.  Chill for at least an hour.

 

 

Apple, Ham & Smoked Gouda Galettes | From My Sweet Heart

 

Yields: 6 galettes

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, cored, halved, and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 TBSP apricot or apple jelly, melted
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 3 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 12-24 slices of smoked ham (my ham slices were small and I used 4 in each galette)
  • 1 egg and 1 TBSP water, beaten for an egg wash
  • course  sea salt and fresh thyme for garnish if desired

Place the apple slices in a large bowl.  Add the melted butter, melted jelly and lemon juice and toss.  Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 

On a well floured surface, roll a pastry disk into a 9-10 inch circle, about 1/4 inch thick.  Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard over the center of the dough.  Overlap 2-4 slices of ham in the center of the dough circle.  Arrange 1/6th of the apple mixture on top of the ham.  I simply layered the slices of apple in a circle.  Be sure to leave about a 3 inch border uncovered.  Fold and loosely pleat the dough over the apple slices, leaving the apples uncovered in the center.  Using your bench scraper, carefully transfer the dough to the baking sheet and repeat with each dough disk.  You will have 3 on each baking sheet.  Return the baking pans to the fridge and chill for another hour.

Preheat your oven to 375°F.  When ready to bake, use your pastry brush to brush off any excess flour from the galettes.  Brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle lightly with the course sea salt.  Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.   If you are placing both pans in one oven, rotate them halfway through the baking process.

 

 

Apple, Ham & Smoked Gouda Galettes | From My Sweet Heart

 

NOTE:  Do you ever notice that sometimes what you make does not look like the picture of the recipe you were following exactly?  Here is something that I’ve learned.  Because I now have to photograph every thing I make, I try to anticipate how I want it to look and adjust what I need while baking.  For instance….this recipe called for the apples to be placed on the ham and left exposed in the center.  Yet, in the picture with the recipe, there were pieces of ham poking between the apples!  So I pulled the galettes out 10 minutes before they were done and snuck a couple of pieces of ham in each to make them look pretty and ensure that the ham wouldn’t burn.  I sprinkled each with fresh thyme once they were out of the oven.

 

 

Apple, Ham & Smoked Gouda Galettes | From My Sweet Heart

This makes 6 small galettes.

While I thought the apples would make this sweet as well as savory, it is really a more savory dish.  It is absolutely scrumptious!  I enjoyed having this for my dinner this evening and would easily enjoy it for breakfast or lunch as well.  I hope you enjoy it, too!

:-D

 

This recipe was adapted from Fall Baking Magazine

Comments

  1. This sounds wonderful. I love the combo of apples and ham and everything else. Yum! I always think galettes are so pretty in their simplicity. Beautiful as always Anne!

    • Thanks Susie. Boy, galettes really are simple and I’m looking forward to making them again…especially for dessert! ;- )

  2. Oooh, I like this! I’m crazy for galettes and the filling ingredients are incredible! I’d say it is definitely as good as you thought!

  3. I had a thought to have this same meat, cheese and fruit combination tonight but on tortillas instead of galettes. I’ll have to make your galette version!

  4. I could just eat the crust – to heck with the filling! :) Actually the filling sounds delicious with the apples and complementary smoked ham. What a fantastic meal! Thank goodness for those hunger pains. :)

    • Thanks MJ! Funny you should say this. I thought about making this dough recipe into breadsticks…..it was that good! : )

  5. Yes, I hear you: I often forget to eat and keep on working…
    Pity you don’t do home deliveries with this rustic appley temptation!

  6. It is hard to drop everything and eat sometimes. Then the next moment you look at the clock it is way beyond time to eat that meal-closer to the next meal.
    I really like the elements you pulled together here and that close up picture is to die for. Sure wish I had been there to enjoy some of the galettes with you. Delicious post!

    • Thanks Tina! Some weekends feel so busy that I find myself eating one meal a day! But I love that reward of sitting down to eat what you just made and photographed. And believe me….I would have loved having you here to join me! (As long as you brought one of your awesome creations for dessert!) : )

  7. Its a lovely and simple one I must agree and that apples inside are so tempting.

  8. The filling of the galette is awesome and sounds incredibly delicious.

  9. I would go with this was plain delicious and you were not just hungry because this looks amazing. I have some pie dough sitting in my fridge (store bought of course)… I may have to play with making a galette myself. Your pictures are getting more wonderful by the day. I am really saving up for my new camera (scared as heck to learn to use it). I want beautiful pictures like this too. :) Well done Anne!! Have a great week my friend! ~ Ramona

    • Thanks Ramona! I know you could do wonders with that pie crust. You really have the talent for whipping up the most fabulous dishes! I can’t wait for you to get your new camera. To be honest….I haven’t made the time to learn mine as well as I could. It’s kind of daunting to me, actually! But I’ll keep plugging away! I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week! : )

  10. You do have a way with words dear and a way of coming up with the most amazing dishes! I’ve been fascinated with galettes for a while but never got around to making one. This is one dish I/we would have on the menu often. Thank you also for sharing your photo tips also. After all the holiday and birthday indulgences I should think about forgetting to eat once in a while, lol!!!!

    • Thanks Sandra! And your birthday is special….so you should indulge! I could have used a slice of your beautiful pink velvet cake to round out this meal! Now THAT….was an AMAZING cake!
      : )

  11. I love the idea of savory galette. Apple and gouda sounds like a winner of a combination.

    • Thanks so much. I’m glad this worked out as well as it did. I love savory baking….but I can’t wait to try a full fruit galette next time! : )

  12. Ham, cheese and fruit is such a delicious combination. I am sure this was amazing….whether or not you had eaten anything else. It sure is pretty, too!

    • Thanks Kristen! I sometimes love just having cheese and fruit for a meal….so adding a little more here was perfect…..either that or I was just hungry!
      ;- )

  13. There’s no way you were just hungry! This sounds incredible – just the right balance of flaky, sweet, and a little salty from the ham. Oh my Anne! Just stumbled these babies!

  14. I never forget to eat–kind of wish I did. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a savory galette, but what a great idea!

  15. I seem to recall once in a prior life forgetting about food :) Generally, though, it is front and center of mind. This galette is lovely Anne – reminds me of my youth; we use to get warm molasses galettes at a local French bakery…I love the apple and thyme in this recipe paired with the gouda… mmm! I can taste it now. Beautiful.

    • Thanks Kelly…..and while I may not be thinking about my next meal….I’m always thinking about my next post! So yes….food is on my mind more than it is in my stomach! Those warm molasses galettes sound awesome! What a great memory of your youth! : )

  16. Anne, these are awesome. What a great idea for brunch or a wedding shower!

  17. These are so pretty and I bet the taste is incredible. You really did a wonderful job with these. I once forgot to eat for 3 days, was taking care of my father at the time. Was not a good thing when I went for bloodwork myself and got chastised by the nurse.

    • Thanks Kim! Gosh…3 days! I know you were not thinking of yourself at that time. But boy…I hope you never go through that stretch of time without eating again! Just commented on your Turtle Banana Split post….that looked awesome!!!
      : )

  18. Sometimes when I make galette for my family I eat a small piece. I love the crust more than its filling. I am thinking of making gluten free. Your combo looks great!

    • Hi Balvinder! And thanks so much! I actually like the CRUST more than the filling, too! I could make this dough into bread sticks and be perfectly content! I hope you are able to make this gluten free! : )

  19. This looks so pretty. I love the idea of galettes, so much flavor in a little pastry crust. Plus they are free form, so they don’t have to look perfect!

    • Hi Erin! Thanks! You are so right! That’s the beauty of ‘rustic’ cooking and baking! Not so perfect but oh so good! : )

  20. Absolutely stunning.

  21. What delightful galettes! A compelling pairing of ham, Gouda and apples in a delectable toasty crust, just lovely.

  22. Oh, this is anything BUT plain!!!! For me these galettes were love at first smoked gouda! :D Happy Sunday … and HUGS!

  23. How did I miss this? It looks awesome!! I will add this to my ever-growing list of “to makes” from your blog. :)

    • Sheri….thanks so much! I hope you will try them….so many possibilities of ingredients to use! But honestly….I could eat the crust alone! : )

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