Tis’ that time of year when folks bundle up in their sweaters and head out to the pumpkin patch/apple orchard to sip hot drinks and take pictures next to pumpkins.
Here is (yet another) reason to gather some friends and make a trek to the nearest pumpkin patch/apple orchard/hay maze to get your hands on some delicious, seasonal apples.
I never knew you could go to one place and experience so many fall festivities at once (we didn’t have these in Northern WI). A place where you can pick your own apples, corn or pumpkins. Drink hot cider, pose with animals/cut-outs of farmers, run through hay mazes, feed the animals in a petting zoo…the list goes on!
In my small town, you went over to your friends farm to pick apples.
We bought our pumpkins and corn stalks from local farmer friends and occasionally bought pumpkins from the stores in town.
I’ve been to two pumpkin patches since moving to Chicago. One was small and had the most AMAZING apple cider donuts I’ve ever tasted. I’m pretty sure I ate 6 all by myself. The Second was a giant place called Goebbert’s Family Pumpkin Patch…it was crazy.
There was a real giraffe. There were about 4,000 wagons and strollers that were abandoned by kids that were climbing all over everything for as far as the eye could see.
I thought we would have a relaxing time wandering around looking for the perfect pumpkin…I waswrong. There were police directing traffic and Mom’s who literally pushed us out of the way so their kids could see the giant pig feeding it’s babies (those piglets were adorable and I wasn’t done looking). BUT, despite all the craziness we still had an amazing time. Plus, who can complain about a place that had spiked cider, pumpkin and apple donuts, caramel apples and apple cobbler. Not this Gal.
And one more thing. This reminds me of an amazing post from Buzzfeed that I need to share with you.
I’m going to assume you’ve heard the term “basic” used to describe someone. If not, just google “basic girl” and you will be entertained for hours. Here is an example of how the term is used…
“She is so basic. Does she wear anything other than Lululemon?!??”.
“That girl just took another selfie with her pumpkin spice latte. She’s so basic”.
You get the idea.
As much as I want to fight it…I at times probably fall into the basic category. Don’t we all?? Here is the AMAZING Buzzfeed list that is now MY FAVORITE THING EVER! It is so unbelievably accurate. Please take a minute to read it, laugh at it…and stop judging.
Lets talk about galettes real quick.
They are super easy to make and so pretty to eat/take pictures of.
Any fruit would work and you could drizzle any sauce or top with any flavor of ice cream. It is like an apple pie, but easier! I highly recommend you make these for your next dinner party! A large size or these individuals, I promise your friends will thank you!
For the Dough:
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Sugar
3/4 Cup Cold, Unsalted Butter, Cut into pieces
1/2 Cup Ice water (plus more if needed)
For the Filling:
4 Apples, Peeled, Cored and sliced 1/4 Inch Thick
Zest of 1 Lemon
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt sugar and butter. Pulse for a couple seconds until the butter is slightly broken up but in medium pieces.
Sprinkle water evenly over butter and flour mixture and process until mixture just comes together (still seeing butter pieces is ok). Place the dough in a ziplock bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to a day to chill.
While dough chills, peel and slice apples. In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon zest and juice, sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Stir gently until apples are coated.
Line a baking sheet with parchment . Cut dough into 6 even pieces and roll them out, one at a time on a floured surface (about 1/8 inch thick). Transfer to baking sheet and fill with apples, leaving about 1 inch around the border uncovered.
Fold the edges of the dough up over the apples, pleating the dough loosely in places where it folds over.
Place galettes in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Bake galettes for about 40 minutes or until the crust has begun to brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream and a sprinkle of caramel sauce (I attempted to make some but burned my sugar and called it a day).