Marzipan (sweetened almond paste) can be found with other baking ingredients in the supermarket. Look for it packaged in a small box or can.
1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
1/2 cup marzipan, softened
4 cups sliced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 2 pounds)
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon almond extract, divided
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Dash of salt
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°.
Line a jelly roll pan with foil; coat foil with cooking spray. Roll dough to a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on prepared pan. Roll marzipan to a 9-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place marzipan on top of dough.
Combine apple, 1/2 cup sugar, flour, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, juice, and salt in a large bowl; toss well. Spoon apple mixture over marzipan. Fold 2-inch dough border over the apple mixture, pressing gently to seal (dough will only partially cover apple mixture). Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned (apple filling may leak slightly during cooking).
Place 1/4 cup sugar in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring as needed to dissolve the sugar evenly (about 4 minutes). Cook 1 minute or until golden. Remove from heat; carefully stir in 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Drizzle over galette.
Wonderful almond flavor! I would have given this a "5" except I, too, didn't like the way the caramel mixture hardened to a shell, rather than being warm and gooey. But the galette itself was delicious.
A delicious, easy dessert recipe that I would make again, but much too sweet, despite the fact that I used almond paste instead of marzipan: I would decrease the amount of sugar by a third. I also was not too keen on the glaze, which hardened as it cooled, and provided a bit too much of a texture contrast with the gooeyness of the galette itself.
This is also great made with sliced fresh or frozen peaches and a fistfull of blackberries. The visual is especially appealing. When I'm using apples I put a few dried cherries in for color and to kick it up a notch. This is such a wonderful basic recipe and you can make it your own in so many ways.
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