Apple Galette With Cheddar Crust

Apple Cheddar Pie {Domesticated Academic}

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! Nothing is more American than apple pie right? But who wants to mess around w/ the precision work of making a pie? Me neither….You could make this with pre-made crust and sprinkle the cheese around but making a rough crust might be the way to say, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!” this year! A flaky crust that is slightly sweet and savory, combined with sweet apples and baked to perfection. Sound like a dream or just dessert? You’ll love this rustic dessert because it’s very much a pie but without all of the proper crust etiquette involved. I had a ‘cheese themed’ dinner to attend and dessert was on my hit list. I had wanted to try an apple cheddar rustic pie but had not had an occasion to make one. This seemed like the perfect excuse. I grew up in a pie making house. My grandmothers are both highly skilled pie makers. My Mema made this crumble top apple pie that would send you over the edge in a minute, it is amazing. I have her recipe and pull it out for special events. My other grandma makes a great crust, flaky, buttery, and light. She makes some killer apple dumplings. I’m lucky to have grown up with grandmothers who love to cook.

Apple Cheddar Pie {Domesticated Academic}

This rustic pie is a bit more work than getting a pint of ice cream from the freezer section, but I think you’ll enjoy making this for a special meal or having some other hands in the kitchen to help you. If you have help, get them to peel and core those apples while you make the crust and then enjoy a cocktail while the crust chills. Honestly, cooking is as enjoyable as you make it!

Makes 1 Galette

Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar (sharp preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons ice water + more just in case

Filling

  • 3 large apples, peeled, cored, & sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • splash of lemon juice
  • pecans (optional)
  • craisins (optional)

To make crust:

  1. Cut all ingredients together with a pastry cutter except for water. A food processor would work well too.
  2. Cut into good sized crumbs.
  3. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture sticks together when pushed but isn’t gummy or too ‘wet’
  4. Turn dough onto a piece of plastic wrap.
  5. Wrap and flatten into a 1-inch thick round disc.
  6. Chill for about an hour.

To make the filling:

  1. Combine apples, sugar, and cinnamon together.
  2. Splash in lemon juice if desired.
  3. Combine pecans or craisins if desired (I use a handful of pecans for some crunch)

To assemble the galette:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Turn out the crust onto a large piece of parchment or waxed paper (anything that’s oven safe)
  3. Place another sheet of parchment on top and use rolling pin to roll out to a large circle, about 10 inches in diameter.
  4. Place or pour apple mixture into the middle of the crust. You can arrange as neatly or messy as  you have time for.
  5. Fold crust up and over the edges of the filling gently. Imperfection is the key here! It’s rustic!
  6. Transfer pie to a cookie sheet or other flat meal pan.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes on 400 and turn oven down 350 for another 30 minutes or until apples are tender to your liking.
  8. Remove from oven and cool on parchment/pan. Run a long spatula under the galette to make sure it will lift from the parchment as it cools, about 15 minutes after removing from oven.
  9. Serve in wedges warm or at room temperature.

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Apple Fritters

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Apple Muffins

Grilled Bananas

Grilled Bananas | Domesticated Academic

SMILE! Summer dessert time!  You’ll love these bananas because you can make them and enjoy warm, grilled bananas with some ice cream or other fresh fruit without turning on the stove or oven. Hey grill season! what’s up? I missed you!!!

This works well with a banana that’s a bit more firm (AKA–the ones without the brown skin that are on their death bed) 😀

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • fruit to garnish
  • ice cream
  • whipped cream
  1. Heat the grill or have it on and hot from the meal.
  2. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a shallow dish so you can coat the bananas.
  3. Peel bananas and slice lengthwise.
  4. Dip in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  5. Place the bananas on the grill and cook on each side over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Serve warm with fresh fruit or ice cream or however suits you! It’s like bananas foster in your mouth!

Lemon Ice | Domesticated Academic

Lemon Ice

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Cheesecake Ice Cream

Tasty Bite-Fast & Tasty

I offered to review the Tasty Bite products and when a bunch of pre-packaged, heat and serve products showed up, I was skeptical. While I love fast and convenient, I don’t like salty and fake.

I was pleasantly surprised! They really are all natural, they really are pretty delicious, and the products I have tasted so far are pretty freakin’ good! They cook up quickly, are convenient, and didn’t leave me feeling like I’d licked the salt shaker.

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I grabbed the Asian noodles one afternoon when lunch was about two hours late and my stomach was letting me know. I opened the pouch and put it in the microwave. Upon pouring the noodles into a bowl, I added my own extra veggies and threw in some chicken. The peanuts were still crunchy and the sauce was savory and a little spicy. Go Tasty Bite!

 

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I made a quick stir fry last week and didn’t feel like making rice (AKA: the epitomy of lazy) and grabbed another tasty bite from the cupboard. I had cooked up some chicken, broccoli, and fresh baby zucchini.

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The rice was slightly lime-y and slightly sweet from the coconut, simply delicious as an addition to my stir-fry. I grabbed a photo of the back to show the nutrition info and the fact that there is ‘good stuff’ in there, without a ton of salt. I split this and ate if over a few meals with leftovers.

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Thanks to Tasty Bite for making a really fantastic product!

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Grilled Healthy Alfredo Greek Pizza

Healthy Flatbread Pizza | Domesticated Academic

You’ll love that this thin crust pizza is a healthier version with a thin crust, my “healthy alfredo sauce” and a plethora of fresh veggies! I could not stop eating this and didn’t feel quite as unhealthy shoving another square into my mouth! These are great for parties, making up some quick appetizers for people to munch on and the crusts held up great on the grill on low or indirect heat. I turned half of my grill “off” and left the other side on the lowest setting to make sure everything melted and was heated through without starting a small fire. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Healthy Flatbread Pizza | Domesticated Academic

I saw these at Target and like magic, they appeared in my cart and then in my car to go home….to be devoured! I actually saw them on Skinnytaste when she did a spot for Target but since I’m not quite ‘as big of a deal’ as she is, I paid for my own this time around. Dang…oh well…I’d buy these again!

You’ll need:

30 minutes

serves 2

  • 1 thin crust (doesn’t have to be target)
  • 1/2 cup healthy alfredo sauce (if you don’t have this, just skip it and use cheese–i keep some in my freezer)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of choice
  • 1 cup of finely cut FRESH spinach (it’s really just better on this one)
  • 1/4 cup olives cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  1. Pre-heat grill on low/indirect heat.
  2. Spread alfredo sauce on crust.
  3. Top with spinach, onions, olives, or other toppings of choice
  4. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  5. Place on grill.
  6. Turn occasionally if you find your heat is distributing in one spot.
  7. Grill for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and pizza is hot.
  8. Cut into squares and serve!

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Healthy Spinach Alfredo Sauce

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Healthy Alfredo Sauce