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Apple Meringue Galette

By • Μάι 10th, 2012 • Category: My recipes

I know I have virtually disappeared and it will take some time until I am back and start visiting your blogs.

My husband was operated and had his gallbladder removed (cholecystectomy).    Although technically it’s not a difficult operation if it is done laparoscopically, however the doctor began laparoscopic but had to proceed to an open surgery as there were remains from a previous stomach operation, which had to be cleaned.   It will take some time  until he fully recovers before resuming everyday activities.  When he was well, he would help me in my everyday chores but until then I have to do everything by myself.   At the end of the day I am so tired that I don’t feel like doing anything else than lying down to rest and watch some television.

 

A few days after he was released from the hospital we had a few reasons to celebrate as  it was the anniversary when we first met, thirty three years ago and my son also came back from England.

So to celebrate, I made this easy and light dessert, suitable for his diet.

I have made fruit galettes in the past but as I had three leftover apples, I used them to make the galette with an apple pie filling.   I adjusted some of the ingredients, mainly not adding butter so that at least he could eat a small piece.  The galette can be made without the meringue on top but as I had some leftover egg whites from another recipe,  I made the meringue and topped the galette (as egg whites do not contain cholesterol).

Apple Meringue Galette, recipe by Ivy

For the crust:

  • 255 grams all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar ( I used raw cane sugar)
  • 200 grams Greek yogurt (I used yoghurt with 2% fat)
  • 100 grams butter (I used olive oil based margarine), at room temperature
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 vanilla
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 7 morning coffee  biscuits with a pinch of cinnamon (I used 3  diet biscuits)
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 1 tsp corn flour (if necessary)

For the filling:

  • 3 medium size apples ( I used starking), cored, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup raw cane sugar mixed with 1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon and ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil based margarine (or don’t add any)
  • 1 heaped tbsp honey

Meringue:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla
  • ½ tsp lemon zest

Directions:

In a bowl, mix together the margarine or butter with the yoghurt.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix with a spoon (or use your hands) until the crust is soft but not sticky.   Do not over mix or knead.   Shape into a ball, cover with cling film and chill until you prepare next step.

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C.

Wash, core and peel the apples and each quarter cut it into six thin slices, in a bowl with the juice of half lemon.

Cut some parchment paper about the size of your baking tin and place the ball of dough on it. Pat out or roll with a rolling pin to about 30 cm / 12 inches in diameter. If at any stage it is sticky, sprinkle some corn flour on the dough.

In a food processor, crush the biscuits and add a pinch of cinnamon.

Sprinkle the biscuits over the rolled out pastry, leaving 3 – 5 cm / 1 – 1 1/2 inch margin all around. In the same food processor, crush the almonds and add them on top of the biscuits.  This prevents the crust from turning soggy but also adds some crunch to the crust.

Gently slide the parchment paper with the dough onto your baking tin.

Drain the apples and mix with sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest. Spread the slices of apple over the biscuits in concentric circles, slightly overlapping each other.

Save 1 tbsp cane sugar and a pinch of cinnamon and lemon zest and sprinkle over the apples. Fold the edges of the pastry over the apples. Then add the butter and the honey on top of the apples.

Place the tray in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes.  (At this stage if you do not want to add the meringue continue baking the galette).

Meanwhile ten minutes after putting the galette in the oven, prepare the meringue. Whip egg whites with lemon juice on medium speed, then add vanilla, lemon zest and gradually add the sugar and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Spoon mixture on top of the apples or pipe meringue into a piping bag and quickly pipe the meringue over the apples.  Leave a few gaps at the edges so that steam may escape.

Continue to bake until the meringue is golden, for another 20 – 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and gently slide the galette onto a platter and cool for at least 10 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature as is or for those not on a diet, with a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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is I was born in Limassol, Cyprus and being married to a Greek, we now live in a small village near Nafplion. I spend most of my time cooking, photographing and publishing my recipes on my blogs Kopiaste (in English and Greek), which I started in August 2007 to pursue my passion in food. I am the author of cookbook "Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!", a compilation of 150 Cypriot family recipes, available on all Amazon stores. The book is also available as an e-book. My new cookbook "Greek Delights" with over 250 recipes is also available on Amazon.
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17 Responses »

  1. A great idea! I love the fact that you topped your galette with meringue. Perfect for teatime.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. I was about to pop over here and see what you’ve been cooking when I saw this on Facebook and hurried here double time. This amazing galette – who would have thought to add meringue which is fantastic! – is certainly a dessert for a celebration. Happy your husband is home and healing and congratulations on 30 years together( we’ll soon be celebrating 25) and your son’s return. You end each day tired but, I am sure, happy to have all you love around you (and eating well).
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  3. I hope that Demetris will get well soon. I know it is hard to be responsible for everything… The dessert looks delicious! I wish I was able to have at least a bite… (Still on diet…)!
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  4. Super irresistible galette,makes me drool.
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  5. how nice that your sweet so inviting. I must say that your recipes, I miss you a lot. then this is great, simple, fragrant apple. Hugs to you soon.
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  6. A nice variation on the them of galette. Best wishes to your husband for a speedy recovery.
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  7. What an absolutely beautiful galette, Ivy! I hope your husband is recovering well, pes ton perasktika!

  8. I’ve just discovered your blog…beautiful recipes…I love greek cusine! I hope your husband will get better soon…Delicious cake!

  9. Wow, apple meringue is something I haven’t tried making yet, I wonder if I am up to the task of doing this over the weekend though… Thanks for this delicious recipe

  10. Wow! That looks fantastic…..Happy mother’s day, Ivy!
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  11. I’m so sorry about your husband’s surgery. I hope he’s feeling better! What a great dessert for a celebration. The meringue looks delicious!
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  12. First off, sorry to hear about your husband. I hope he is recovering well. As for,this galette …I love it Ivy! The meringue on top sounds like a great addition!
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  13. It’s been a long time since I remembered eating an apple meringue! My mom used to make this for me, though. Five brownie points for you for posting the ingredients.

  14. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. I remember making a similar dish at my hotel management university many years ago.

    Wishing for a speedy recovery for your husband.

    -Jean
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  15. I made this for dinner tonight, it came together so quick and everyone loved it! Including Mr. Picky 4 year old that won’t eat anything besides hash browns and chicken nuggets. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  16. apple galette looks so delicious .
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  17. I hope your husband recovers soon! What a nice and healthy treat .. You are the proof that everything can be enjoyed, if there is a creative chef in the kitchen.
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