Good morning, Friend! I want to tell you about my salted caramel apple galette (perfect for your smaller, special Thanksgiving gathering), organic Christmas Décor, a gift for any adult on your list, and more. I will try to keep this brief for you!
Salted Caramel Apple Galette
I am making an apple galette (a free-form tart) for Thanksgiving…it’s easy! I serve it warm with French vanilla ice cream. It makes your home smell delicious. If there is any leftover, you could have it the next day for breakfast.
Here is the recipe adapted from Epicurious with my own touches.
Note: You can add more than the four tablespoons of sugar but the caramel sauce and ice cream make it plenty sweet for us.
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 tbsp (or more) ice water
- 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
- 4 tbsp sugar, divided
- 1 tsp finely grated lemon peel
- 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
- Whole milk
- 1/4 cup purchased caramel sauce for drizzling I like Mrs. Richard's
- 2 pinches sea salt for sprinkling
Blend flour and salt in processor. Add butter and blend, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and blend just until dough begins to clump together, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep dough chilled. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out
Roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper to 1/8-inch-thick round, 14 inches in diameter. Remove top sheet of parchment. Using bottom sheet as aid, transfer dough on parchment to large unrimmed baking sheet. Chill 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine apple slices, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon peel and cinnamon in medium bowl; toss to blend. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles, overlapping slightly. Using parchment as aid, fold plain crust border up over apples, pinching any cracks in crust. Brush crust with milk. Sprinkle crust edges and apples with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
Bake galette 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Continue baking until crust is golden (cover with aluminum foil if the apples get too brown), about 25 minutes longer. Remove from oven. Slide long thin knife between parchment and galette. Drizzle with caramel sauce and a pinch of sea salt.
Let stand at least 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature
Elegant Wine Tumbler
I bought this Carivino wine tumbler as a gift for my sister in the rose gold color (and mentioned it on CCH). She loves it. Carivino contacted me to ask if I would like one too. I said sure (I always try to give gifts that I would want, too–and this was one of them). So Christmas came early for me. Look how nicely it is packaged! Just needs a ribbon!
It’s good for wine (no metal taste with the ceramic interior)…but also I find that I use it for water all day long. The liquid doesn’t condense and make the papers wet on my desk. It has a cork base. I think this quality tumbler is worth the price!
I stopped in the new store location briefly and came away with some fun ideas (as usual).
What To Watch
Season four of The Crown on Netflix is out and I feel very royal in my quilted field jacket. They wear their field jackets hunting at Balmoral and I wear mine while walking Chief and hunting squirrels. Did you catch our last “Styling Jackets” post?
The 4 Different Types of Christmas Trees
You may already know this, but I needed a refresher by the Today Show. Which is YOUR favorite?
- Douglas Fir has a pyramidal shape with beautiful green to blue-green needles. It is a dependable tree that will last the entire season.
- Fraser Fir has a great pine smell to it and is more slender than other firs, so it will fit better in a smaller room. Its branches turn slightly upward giving it a more compact look.
- Noble Fir has a cool blue-green color with well-spaced branches. The branches are stiff, so they can hold heavier ornaments, and if you need to cut the lower branches off, they are perfect for wreaths and garland.
- Balsam Fir is a two-toned tree with green needles on top that become silvery toward the bottom. Its branches are flexible, so if you have heavy ornaments, this isn’t the tree for you.
I bought two smaller Noble Fir Trees at The Home Depot yesterday (yes already–that is unusual for me to be this early). I’m going to decorate them simply “ala Juxtaposition Home.”
That’s my Salted Caramel Apple Galette, Organic Christmas Décor, and Carivino gift suggestion! You may also like How To Host A Small Autumn Dinner Party
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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for you!!