Today is Mike’s birthday! I love birthdays, but Mike is the complete opposite when it comes to his own. And, despite his preference that I not mention it at all, I’m simply too big of a fan of him to let it pass by without sharing a little something.
As you know, I started learning to cook when I met Mike. When we first started dating, I remember him telling me that he grew up watching Julia Child, amongst several other cooking shows. It’s funny for me to think about now, because whenever he feeds our cat (Ollie), he says, “Bon Appétit!!” as he sets the bowl down in front of him. It cracks me up every single time.
For Mike, cooking shows are about the discovery of new recipes and new tips and tricks you learn about the ingredients. For me, that’s definitely part of it, but I also love how calming cooking shows can be. They force me to slow down and learn something new… and for some reason, they always inspire me to make my next shoot even better than the last one.
One of our all-time favorites, next to Julia Child, is Jacques Pépin. We have his book and watch his cooking shows together. Whenever I get in a creative rut, Mike will tell me to sit down and watch one of his shows with him. As much as I hate getting in a rut, I love how Mike always knows how to pull me out of it.
When I discovered Jacques’s Country Apple Galette recipe, I was immediately inspired to head out and grab the ingredients. It sounded like a perfect recipe for “almost fall.” I actually made two so I could nibble while I worked and Mike could enjoy some without having to wait for me to finish the shoot. One of my favorite parts is the drizzle of honey and lemon on top. Delicious! A galette is basically a “rustic tart” and is a lot of fun to prepare since the crust is folded over and not perfectly formed like you might do with a pie. It takes the pressure off and honestly, I love how natural and imperfect it looks. You’ll have to add this to your list of recipes this fall for sure!
So… here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to Mike. My love, and my number one fan, who always sees the best in me and keeps me laughing daily. I love you!
COUNTRY APPLE GALETTE
2 Granny Smith apples
2 Golden Delicious apples
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
Lemon juice, about half of one lemon
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 box pre-made pie crust (1 box = 2 crusts)
Optional: I bought 1 box of pre-made at the market (1 box has two crusts), but you can make your own if you’d like.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Peel, halve and core the apples and slice them crosswise 1/4 inch thick.
3. Set aside the larger center slices and coarsely chop the end slices and any broken ones; about half of the slices should be chopped.
4. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
5. Spread the chopped apples over the pastry to within 1 inch of the edge.
6. Decoratively arrange the apple slices on top in concentric circles or in slightly overlapping rows.
7. Drizzle the honey and lemon juice over the chopped apples.
8. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the apples and dot with the pieces of butter.
9. Fold the pastry edge up and over the apples to create a 1-inch border.
10. Bake the galette for 45-50 minutes until the pastry is nicely browned and the apples are tender.
11. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
All images © Regan Baroni 2016.