An Easy Apple Pie Recipe: Simple Apple Galette (52 New Foods, Around the World Week 7)

Posted by Jennifer Tyler Lee on February 17, 2013 0 Comments
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This easy apple pie recipe is a simple French twist on a favorite sweet treat: apple galette.


“Get the galette!” shouted my 6-year-old son with the tenor of a football captain cheering on his teammates toward the game-winning touchdown. Called into the kitchen by the sweet smell of warm apples and cinnamon, my kids raced to the table and huddled around our delicious French creation, hoping to be the first to snatch a bite of this sweet treat.

It was no surprise to me that they were excited about trying apple galette. A perfect combination of their favorite flavors and textures – crisp apples, gooey cinnamon, and flakey, buttery pastry – it was a new food I knew everyone would enjoy. After my failed leek soup attempt last week, I needed an easy win. So much for no emotional eating!

Inspired by Martha Rose Shulman, we decided to add this French-style, easy apple pie recipe to our list of 52 New Foods. Without a doubt, this will become a regular part of the lineup at our family table!

What we Liked: Although this is a sweet treat, this easy apple pie recipe has a minimum of sugar. Like Martha says, “It’s all about the apples!” That’s what we loved.

An Easy Apple Pie Recipe: Apple Galette

Prep time: 15 minutes (plus 45 minutes in the freezer)
Cook time: 60 minutes
Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
Crunch a Color points: 5 red

Recipe inspired by Martha Rose Shulman’s Apple Walnut Galette

Ingredients:

easy apple pie recipe apple galette ingredients


2 lbs Braeburn apples
¼ cup brown sugar plus 1 Tbsp
1 small lemon
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 egg
1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 premade dessert pastry pie crust (12” diameter)

Note: When I have the time, I love to make my own apple pie crust. But with busy weekdays in full swing I wanted to find an easier solution so I made our apple galette with an organic, pre-made pastry crust. If you go this route, be sure to pick a crust that has five ingredients or less. The ingredient list on ours was: unbleached organic flour, butter, water and salt.

easy apple pie crust


Directions:

1. Peel and slice the apples. Wedges should be between ¼” and ½” at the widest part.

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2. Toss the apples with the juice from one small lemon.

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3. Heat the pan over medium, then add the butter. When the butter is bubbling (but before it turns brown) add the apples and ¼ cup of the sugar. Toss gently in the pan. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes, or until the apples are brown on one side. Then add the vanilla and half of the cinnamon / nutmeg mixture and turn the apples gently. Simmer another 5 minutes until the apples are golden brown and fragrant.

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4. Place the cooked apples on a parchment lined bake sheet and let cool. While the apples are cooling, remove the pie crust from the freezer and allow it to thaw slightly (about 10 minutes).

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5. Place the pie crust on a lined bake sheet. I like to use a Silpat liner for easy cleanup. Add the apples and then fold the pastry around the edges of your pie, pleating as you go. Place the galette back in the freezer for 45 minutes. This will help to keep its shape when baked.

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6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the galette from the freezer. Beat the egg together with the milk to create an egg wash and brush over the edges of your galette. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon / nutmeg mixture and 1 Tbsp brown sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

7. Serve warm or cool, whichever you prefer. Either way, enjoy with friends and family!

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* Do you have a favorite easy apple pie recipe? Have you tried apple galette? What other ingredients have you tried with this rustic French pie?

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About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color® -- award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Rachael Ray's Yum-O!, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at crunchacolor.com.

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Easy Asian Pear Sauce (52 New Foods, Around the World Week 1)

Posted by Jennifer Tyler Lee on January 07, 2013 2 Comments
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Pear sauce made with crisp Asian pears and a hint of ginger is an easy and fun twist on homemade applesauce.

It’s 2013 and Crunch a Color’s 52 New Foods adventure is setting off on a tour around the world! Like the sun, we begin our journey in the East, sampling and savoring foods from Asia. What better way to get ready for the Lunar New Year than a stop at the fresh market in Chinatown!

asian pears picking


A visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown would not be complete without heading home with a bushel full of sweet, crunchy Asian pears. Their flavor and texture is like a cross between an apple and a pear, and they are delicious sliced into wedges as a snack. But on this brisk January afternoon, my kids were craving a warm treat, so we whipped up a batch of Asian pear sauce with a hint of ginger, and not a drop of refined sugar: an easy and fun twist on homemade applesauce.

Asian Pear Sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 to 30 minutes
Yield: Makes 6 cups
Crunch a Color points: 5 yellow

Ingredients:

asian pear sauce ingredients


2 pounds Asian pears
2 pounds Fuji apples
Juice from 1 lemon
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
1½ cups water

Directions:

1. Wash, peel, and core the Asian pears and apples. Chop the fruit into ¼” size pieces. This is a fun job for the kids to do!

asian pear sauce step 1

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2. Load all of the ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until the fruit is soft. The Asian pears will remain slightly crunchy compared to the apples.

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3. Let the kids mash the fruit mixture with a potato masher until you achieve the texture you prefer. We made our sauce with small chunks of pear remaining.

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4. Let cool, then enjoy with friends!

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asian pear sauce


This delicious Asian pear sauce is a wholesome treat and an easy way to try something new alongside yogurt, roast chicken, or simply on its own as a healthy snack.

* What is your favorite way to enjoy Asian pears?

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About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color® -- the award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun, easy and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at crunchacolor.com.

 

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Mini Apple Pear Crisp (Week 48, 52 New Foods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on December 10, 2012 2 Comments
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A mini apple pear crisp is the fresh food version of a big warm bear hug! Filled to the brim with sweet, bubbling fresh pears, apples and cranberries, it’s the perfect treat to serve at a cozy winter get-together by the fire with friends and family.

Pears and apples abound at our local market and they are one of our favorite snacks. To be sure, they are absolutely delicious enjoyed just as they are – nature’s perfect fast food. But this week my kids and I had a hankering for a holiday treat. We wanted to make something a little special for our upcoming school celebration, so we decided to make a big batch of apple pear crisp in mini ramekins. A warm little treat to greet each one of our guests.

Mini Apple Pear Crisp

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 to 35 minutes
Yield: Serves 12

Ingredients:

apple pear crisp ingredients


For the apple pear crisp filling:

6 medium apples
4 medium pears
¾ cup dried cranberries
½ tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp lemon juice
¼ c whole wheat pastry flour
½ c sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

For the apple pear crisp topping:
1 ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 sticks of butter
¼ cup flax meal
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar

Directions:

1. Peel and core the pears and apples, then cut into large chunks. I find this a bit tedious, but my kids love recipes with lots of peeling and chopping so they were in charge of this step!

apple pear crisp step 1


2. Load the fruit into a large bowl with the cranberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss gently to combine. Set aside.

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3. For the topping, combine the whole-wheat flour, oats, butter, flax meal and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix gently until the mixture looks like large crumbles.

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4. Portion the fruit mixture into 12 small ramekins, then top each with a handful of the crumble topping.

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5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and the fruit is bubbling. When it’s ready the smell is absolutely glorious!

apple pear crisp

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NOTE: To make ahead, simply assemble the mini crisps in the individual ramekins, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When ready, simply bake and enjoy!

My good friend and fellow family foodie, Kim Gerber at Out of the Box Food, inspired our apple pear crisp recipe this week. Be sure to check out her healthy remakes of all of your favorite foods.

* Do you have a family favorite recipe for apple pear crisp? What is your favorite way to prepare this cozy treat?

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About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color® -- the award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun, easy and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at crunchacolor.com.

 

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Savory Apple Soup with Pears and Walnuts (Week 39, 52 New Foods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on October 08, 2012 0 Comments
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Simple, savory apple soup is the best way to warm your kiddos from head to toe on a chilly fall day. Easy and fun to make, this tasty recipe brings together our favorite fall flavors for a cozy dish the whole family loves.

Apples, pumpkins and pears herald the start of fall at our local market. It is my favorite time of year – not only because of the wonderful family holidays and traditions but also because of the delicious fall flavors. This year I’ve been searching for new recipes to add to our collection of family favorites, and my good friend Melissa Lanz of The Fresh20 came to the rescue. She’s got the easy weeknight dinner routine nailed with her simple, tasty recipes. When she shared her savory apple soup recipe with us, I knew we had a winner.

Savory Apple Soup with Pears and Walnuts

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 to 20 minutes
Makes about 6 to 8 servings

apple soup ingredients


Ingredients:

3 tart apples (e.g., granny smith)
6 pears
1 small yellow onion
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
½ cup water
A handful of walnuts
Salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Wash, peel, and slice the apples, pears and onion into large wedges. Right on the baking sheet, toss with olive oil, fresh rosemary (stems removed and finely chopped), salt and pepper.

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2. Roast in a 450 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

apple soup bake


3. Cool slightly. Working in small batches, add the roasted apples, pears, onion, chicken broth, and water to a blender and puree gently. Transfer to a large soup pot.

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4. Simmer over low heat, adding salt and pepper to taste.

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5. Garnish with chopped walnuts. Serve warm and enjoy with family and friends!

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Recipe inspired by The Fresh 20.

Crunch a Color Kids Vote: Cozy!

What we Liked: This easy recipe was equally great as a simple weeknight dinner dish or after school snack. We served our savory apple soup with a side of cheddar and apple quesadillas. Delish!

* What is your favorite fall soup recipe? Share your ideas!

Craving more easy recipes to try? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Cinnamon Apples!

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color® -- the award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun, easy and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at crunchacolor.com.

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Cinnamon Apples (Week 37, 52 New Foods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on September 24, 2012 1 Comment
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Cinnamon apples are a favorite fall treat for my kids. This easy recipe brings together the best of what goes into making a cozy apple pie, but without refined sugar.

The crisp fall air has arrived in California, and so have farm fresh apples. Bushels were brimming over with red beauties at our local farmers’ market this weekend, so we decided to reinvent one of our favorite fall treats. Apple pie, with its sweet and warm filling, is a must on our fall table. Could we create a recipe easy enough to make on a busy school morning that brings together those delicious fall flavors without the sugar? You bet!

Cinnamon Apples

Prep time: 5 minutes
Assembly time: 5 minutes
Makes about 4 to 6 servings

cinnamon apples ingredients


Ingredients:

5 medium apples, granny smith or empire
½ lemon
½ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Leaving the skins on, slice the apples into ¼” cubes.

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2. Load the apples into a bowl and add the juice from ½ of a lemon.

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3. Add the cinnamon to the apples and stir.

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4. Enjoy!

cinnamon apples


Crunch a Color Kids Vote:
An apple a day…

What we Liked: This easy recipe has all of the wonderful flavors of apple pie filling, without any refined sugar. We served our cinnamon apples with a side of butterscotch no bake cookies. The lemon keeps the apples from browning, which makes this recipe a perfect lunchbox snack!

* What are your favorite ways to serve apples? Share your ideas!

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About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color® -- the award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun, easy and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at crunchacolor.com. 

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