Apple, Spiced Pumpkin and Frangipane Galette

This apple, spiced pumpkin and frangipane galette is a delicious fall dessert when apples are at their peak, or for Thanksgiving! #apple #pumpkin #frangipane #galette #thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING IS THIS WEEK!! my original flight home was for wednesday night, but then i thought i changed it to a tuesday afternoon one when really it’s for wednesday afternoon. good because i’m only missing 1 class (instead of the 3 i would have if it was a tuesday flight), but sad because i’m ready to blow this popsicle stand. anyways, despite those caps and going home for it (some people stay because it’s so close to finals), thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday. i use turkey solely as a vehicle for cranberry sauce, stuffing tastes like salty mush to me, and pumpkin (too smooth) / pecan (too sweet) pie are not my preferred desserts of choice. what’s that? you don’t want pumpkin or pecan pie either and you’re in charge of dessert and don’t know what to make?! i’ve got you all figured out. apple, spiced pumpkin and frangipane galette. you get fall pie flavors, but in a less stressful format, plus a little boost from the nutty almond-based frangipane.

storebought or homemade crust works here. once upon a time, i made everything from scratch and refused to buy anything pre-made, especially in terms of lemon curd and pie crust. i’ve since relaxed from this stance, and find that so long as you buy a mostly or all butter crust, it’s fine. i like trader joe’s frozen one. and if you want to be that overachiever, go for it! my old stand-by was dorie greenspan’s, but use whatever one you want.

what you get is a galette with the flakiest crust, accompanied by crunch from the sugar baked into it. sweet/tart apples that are tender but not falling apart and a hint of spice from the pumpkin butter round it out. this apple, spiced pumpkin and frangipane galette is perfect for thanksgiving dessert: fruity and light enough that you can squeeze in a slice after the jello salad and garlic mashed potatoes and no mai fan, but with enough of the classic thanksgiving dessert elements (pie crust! apples! pumpkin! spices!) that you don’t feel deprived of the traditional.

This apple, spiced pumpkin and frangipane galette is so easy to make it look good. Arrange the apples how you want and sprinkle sugar on the crust, and you're solid. #apple #pumpkin #frangipane #galette #thanksgiving

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Apple, Spiced Pumpkin and Frangipane Galette
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
This apple, spiced pumpkin and frangipane galette is perfect if you're scared of making a normal pie, and if you want apple and pumpkin and can't decide!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: almonds, apples, autumn, fall, frangipane, galette, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin spice, vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 169 kcal
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 T all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 T unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
Pumpkin Butter
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 pre-made pie crust rolled into a 10" circle
  • 1 1/2 lbs 3 large or 6 small apples, peeled, cored, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 T raw sugar
  1. Mix everything.
Pumpkin Butter
  1. Combine everything in a small pot, and simmer until darker and slightly thickened (it will thicken more as it cools), 15-20 minutes.
  1. Transfer the pie crust to a parchment or Silpat-lined baking sheet. Patch up any cracks if necessary.
  2. Smear the pumpkin butter onto the dough, leaving a 2” border around the edge. Add the frangipane, and spread that on top of the pumpkin, leaving that same border plain.
  3. Arrange the apples on the frangipane in concentric circles, overlapping them slightly. It might seem like there's too many apples, but that's okay. Brush the apples and crust with the egg, then sprinkle with the sugar.
  4. Bake at 375F until the apples are tender, and the crust is golden, 50-60 minutes. Cool slightly before serving warm.
Recipe Notes

Frangipane adapted slightly from Joy of Baking.

This apple, spiced pumpkin and frangipane galette is delicious of course, but it's even better with whipped cream or ice cream! #apple #pumpkin #frangipane #galette #thanksgiving

16 Replies to “Apple, Spiced Pumpkin and Frangipane Galette”

  1. I have always wanted to attend an American Thanksgiving. A holiday where the focus is what you put on the table? um yes please! Mostly for the pie and the sides. This pie sounds amazing – pumpkin butter is such a genius idea.

    1. wellll for some people it’s more about getting together with good company and reflecting on everything you’re grateful for (; but the food makes it fun! and i agree; the dessert and sides are my favorites and i usually just have the tiniest sliver of turkey for tradition’s sake.

  2. Have an amazing time at home!! I’m with you on not feeling the turkey/cranberry sauce/stuffing combo, but I’ve just discovered the pecan pie of my dreams – a dark chocolate and bourbon version. Negates the sickly sweetness you end up with all too often! Love the sound of this – so unique with the pumpkin butter, and cheers to rustic galettes over fiddly pie lattices!!

    1. thanks! and oooh, that pecan pie sounds perfect (bc i agree, it usually just tastes like gloopy corn syrup with a few nuts tossed in).

  3. It looks scrumptious. Just pinned it. Noms!

  4. Wheee, I hope you have fun at home for the holidays! Lucky household with this amazinngggg galette. This will fix the dessert dilemma for sure 😉

    1. i’ve been counting down the hours since sunday! usually when i’m home it’s the dilemma of too much dessert (unusual, i know, but i go home and all of a sudden there’s cake and granola and waffles everywhere). 😂

  5. This galette looks soooo good! I completely agree with you about the store-bought pie crusts. I tried getting into the habit of making pie crust from scratch a while back, but some crusts (particularly frozen ones) you buy at the store are just (or at least almost!) as good as homemade, and it makes the whole pie- or galette-making process so much easier 😉

    1. thanks! using storebought pie crust makes it so much easier to go crazy and have fun coming up with what to put inside/on top of it 😊

  6. “if you want to be an overachiever, go for it!” lol I love that so much. I actually love thanksgiving for all the food especially turkey and cranberry sauce but totally understand if you don’t. However, this galette looks so tasty. I love the crust and the layers of it. Ooooooh can I be your taste tester puh-lease?!?!?!

    1. i’m not a huge meat fan to begin with (dealing with raw meat is not my favorite, hence why there’s mostly vegetables and desserts on this blog lol), so maybe that’s why i’m not like WHOO TURKEY!! i can totally get behind cranberry sauce though (:

  7. So delicious looking! x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  8. Your galette sounds and looks delicious! Love the combination of ingredients and flavours! Been thinking of trying to use pumpkin again and this seems a great way to do it… 🙂

    1. thanks lili! i guarantee that it’s a delicious and cozy way to use pumpkin (:

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