Sweet fall apples meet savory smoky gouda in this caramel apple smoked gouda galette that is perfect for the holidays!

Caramel Apple Smoked Gouda Galette - the perfect sweet and savory way to celebrate the holidays!

It only took me until four days after the biggest food holiday of the year, but….

PIE MOJO: I think I’ve found mine.

It’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s caramel apple smothered, and it has what I’m currently considering to be the most delectable crust of all time.

Caramel Apple Smoked Gouda Galette - the perfect sweet and savory way to celebrate the holidays!

And what’s truly the best thing about it?

It’s actually a galette!!!!

a.k.a. the rustic, perfect-in-its-imperfections cousin of pie.  It is supposed to be a little bit of a hot mess!! Meaning there is no stress about crimping perfect edges, evenly latticing a top crust, or getting the filling consistency just right. It’s just fly by the seat of your pants pie-making.

And it’s dang delicious.

Caramel Apple Smoked Gouda Galette - the perfect sweet and savory way to celebrate the holidays!

The apples turn into tender bites of sweet tartness and their rich flavor is brought out by the caramel drizzle that seeps into them as they bake.  All that sweetness is cut by the buttery flaky hint-of-savory crust that compliments them perfectly.

Now, the smoked gouda addition to the crust may seem a bit freaky to some of you, but you really can’t taste it except for the fact that the crust is extra addictive. You can tell that it has a little something something going on, but unless you stare at the ingredient list it’s unlikely to be apparent to even the most discerning palate.

Thanksgiving may be over, but I’m betting your December is chock full of holiday get-togethers. And pie is always welcome.


Caramel Apple Smoked Gouda Galette - the perfect sweet and savory way to celebrate the holidays!

As with most of my baking creations, I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose White Flour for my crust! I love that I know that every bag is freshly milled from organic hard red wheat and that it is not enriched with any additives. As a result, it is incredibly versatile and can be used in just about any holiday baked goods, from cookies to cakes to PIES. Want to try it out for yourself? Use this coupon to get $1 off any Bob’s Red Mill product of your choice!

Caramel Apple Smoked Gouda Galette
Sweet fall apples meet savory smoky gouda in this caramel apple smoked gouda galette that is perfect for the holidays!
Yield: 1 9-inch galette
For the crust
  • ¾ cups Bob's Red Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose White Flour
  • 2 tbsp stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1½ tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup grated smoked Gouda
  • 3.5 oz unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1-2 tbsp ice water
For the caramel
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
For the galette
  • 1½ lb Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  1. For the crust, in a food processor, pulse together the flour, cornmeal, and sugar to combine. Add in the smoked Gouda and pulse for another second or two. Add in the butter and pulse until the butter is in pea-sized crumbs. Add in the water, a tablespoon at a time, just until the dough starts to come together. Pat the dough into a flat disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. For the caramel, put the sugar into a heavy saucepan and heat over medium heat. In a separate saucepan, heat the heavy cream and corn syrup over medium low heat to a low simmer.
  3. As the sugar warms, it will start to melt and turn golden. Stir it using a wooden spoon to evenly distribute the sugar as it melts, just until it is all melted and a medium amber color. Add the heavy cream mixture and remove from the heat. When it settles down, return to the heat and stir just until it comes together and is smooth. Add in the butter and salt and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and pour into a heatproof jar to cool.
  4. When ready to bake the galette, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, toss together the apples and brown sugar. Heat oven to 325.
  5. Roll the refrigerated pie crust out into a 13-inch circle on a floured, cool surface. Arrange the apples on the dough, leaving a 1½-inch border around the edges. Drizzle ½ cup of the caramel over the apples.
  6. Lift one side of the dough so that it partially covers the apples and press it down. Repeat around the galette, making 5-6 large pleats, pressing firmly so that they stick together. Refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes.
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the apples are tender. Let cool completely before serving.
Adapted from Sweet
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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37 Responses to Caramel Apple Smoked Gouda Galette

  1. debbie says:

    Nice change from the usual apple pie and thank you for the coupon!

  2. It’s never too late to get your pie mojo… you are a pie crust genius!

  3. Erica says:

    This is a PERFECT blend of sweet and savory!!! Also can we talk about how gorgeous your crust is?!?! Love it. Hope all is well!!!

  4. What a lovely galette. There is something so simple and rustic about the looks of one that’s a classic. As always, you did good, girl!

  5. grace says:

    forget apple and cheddar–apple and gouda sounds so much better! this is lovely, joanne!

  6. Okay #1) Can I get an amen for galettes?! All of the pie goodness w/o the fussiness.

    #2) This is an amazing flavor combo!

  7. Pam says:

    Sweet and savory – is the best combination. Your pie looks lovely & delicious! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  8. That is a perfect example of sweet and savory. Oh wait, I see everyone write that, because it is perfect.
    Love this galette. Pinning and off to see your other amazing posts.
    Hope your Thanksgiving was awesome girl.

  9. Kate says:

    Hmmmm, smoked cheeses are the only kind of cheeses I don’t love! I wonder how discernible the gouda is to non-smoked cheese people.

  10. I love the combo of flavour. The galette looks splendid!

  11. My husband loves a pie with apples and this galette sounds sweet and delicious ! Thanks for the coupon too. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!

  12. Heather says:

    I’m liking the addition of cheese into the crust. I love apples and cheese as a snack, but still have never had cheese with my apple pie and I have no idea why.

  13. Krista says:

    Ooooee!! This looks absolutely fantastic, Joanne. I do love a good galette. 🙂

  14. Beth says:

    Love, love, love this galette!

  15. This galette toys with the sweet and savory line SO well 🙂

  16. I love this galette, simple and rustic looking. I love the smoked gouda that you added to the crust. The sweet and savory combination is excellent!

  17. Oh My. This sounds better than good. Better than delicious. Better than anya pple pie I’ve had. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Hotly Spiced says:

    I do love galettes as you can just be free with them and not worry about delivering something utterly perfect looking. The caramelised apples sound awesome xx

  19. I think galettes are probably my kind of pie – but I have never made one! I need to get onto that.

  20. Oooo yum. Fabulous idea. I love the thought of the cheese right in the crust. Well done!

  21. Ala says:

    Eeeeee I’ve missed reading all of your updates–SO glad you found your pie mojo! Hope you had an amazing holiday and that many more pies come your way, girl!!

  22. mjskit says:

    One of my favorite snacks is to eat slices of apples with slices of smoked gouda, so I can tell with 100% certainty that I would LOVE this galette! It looks scrumptious!

  23. Daniela says:

    Another gorgeous sweet treat sans regret,thanks for sharing this !

  24. Susan says:

    Wow, looks delicious, Joanne! Love those caramely apples and lovely crust.

  25. Oh yum – I love the idea of adding smoked gouda to a galette! I bet it’s fantastic.

  26. Oh my gosh, you are killing it with this galette! Caramel apple was enough to keep me happy but then oh added that smoked Gouda. I’m dead.

  27. I’ve never made a galette before, but it seems much easier to make than a pie! The combo of smoked gouda with the caramel and apple is the best thing ever!!

  28. I am all over this! I love the cheddar/apple combo, and I think the use of smoked gouda is genius. And that photo of the caramelized apples is calling my name!

  29. What a great combination!! I’ve always wanted to try and make a galette!

  30. Zainab says:

    I may need to reignite my pie mojo with this baby!!

  31. We have friends coming for dinner and I really think this would be a nice dessert to serve them.

  32. Love the savory, sweet combo. Can’t wait to try it.

  33. daphne says:

    Never enough pie! Hot or cold, it is always a winner. Love that you like Bob mill’s products too!

  34. Cakespy says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. This looks amazing!!!!! I love the creative flavor combo, and the rustic presentation = cozy town.

  35. Yum! What a combo! I need this in my life!

  36. Kelly says:

    Pie is always welcome especially when it’s a stress-free galette 🙂 The crust is perfection and I love the caramel apple and smoked gouda combo!

  37. Johanna GGG says:

    I think I am in love with galettes – have made a couple this year including some using your yoghurt pastry and they are so generous with the perfect-is-not-perfect vibe. Your combination sounds amazing – I have a particular thing for apple and cheese – always seeking the perfect apple cheese recipe so this is going in there with the big boys!

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