[T]art – galette – one crust pie – folded pie. This dish has an identity crisis. Tart is an English term for pastry with fruit, often one serving size, while galette is a French crusty cake with sweet or savory topping. So what to call this delectable dish? Besides a superb ending for a meal? How about Apple Pie Rustica? Rustica as in Italian for simple, without unnecessary embellishment. Not that I know anything about the Italian language! But rustic apple pie sounds like it would have paint flaking off, while ” rustica” sounds solid and to the point! Apples sweetened slightly with a touch of lemon to enhance flavor. Flaky pie crust providing both counterpoint and unifier from the most basic of ingredients. A dish beautiful on its own merits, honest and unadorned.
Cooks everywhere have been making this type of dish for centuries – flavorful and quick. First adaption to the 21st century: start with a premade crust. If you have a favorite crust recipe and the inclination, by all means go ahead. But if you are crunched for time, reach for the readymade. I use Gala apples and have discovered that by thinly slicing them, it is not necessary to peel them. Some apples have a “tough” peeling that you are very conscious of having to chew. Not so with Gala – and I know the source for mine so no worries about excessive chemicals. Don’t just dump the apples on the crust, but spread them evenly with your hands. The idea is to form uniform layers 2 or 3 deep so the apples bake evenly. Arranging apples into a single layer flower may be beautiful, but it is certainly optional. I prefer more open fruit on top so plan for just over an inch of crust to fold up and over the fruit. Just enough to hold in any juices released from the apples. You might like more crust and less fruit showing. No one’s judging – just do it! Serve warm. With or without ice cream. Heaven!
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- 4-5 apples
- 2 packets lemon crystals or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 1 premade pie crust
- Slice apples thinly. You can peel them or not – whichever you prefer.
- Spread pie crust onto baking sheet
- Place apples in center and distribute evenly, leaving about 1 ½ inch of crust uncovered all the way around the edge.
- Mix cinnamon, sugar and lemon crystals together and sprinkle evenly over apples. If using lemon juice sprinkle it over the apples first, then the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Fold crust up and over apples, pleating as needed to make rough circle.
- Slice butter thinly and dot over apples.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until crust is golden.
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