This cheesy apple, cheddar and caramelized onion galette has a flaky whole wheat crust and tons of flavor. It's a perfect, light appetizer.

Back in September I attended IFBC, a food blogger conference in Seattle. I’ve been to many of these conferences now and always have a wonderful time. There is usually great networking, workshops, etc. There are also often contests for attendees and I always try to take advantage of every opportunity. But I never expect to win anything. It turned out this was my lucky conference.  

This cheesy apple, cheddar and caramelized onion galette has a flaky whole wheat crust and tons of flavor. It's a perfect, light appetizer.

I entered a contest to become a brand ambassador for Stemilt Growers, a family-owned and operated tree fruit company based in Wenatchee, WA. Stemilt specializes in apples, pears, cherries, summer fruits and organics and if you follow my blog you know that this is the kind of company I love working with and developing recipes for. Simple, natural, unprocessed ingredients. I couldn’t ask for a more exciting partnership and I was so happy when they picked me.

This cheesy apple, cheddar and caramelized onion galette has a flaky whole wheat crust and tons of flavor. It's a perfect, light appetizer.

Not long after I began working with Stemilt they sent me some of their signature Piñata apples to work with and I used them to create this apple, cheddar and caramelized onion galette. Piñata apples have a classic flavor with a tropical twist and are available in stores nationwide from November to April every year. Their heirloom parentage (Golden Delicious + two European heirlooms, Cox’s Orange Pippin and Duchess of Oldenburg) make them perfect for baking into sweet or savory recipes. They paired perfectly with the cheese and caramelized onions.

This cheesy apple, cheddar and caramelized onion galette has a flaky whole wheat crust and tons of flavor. It's a perfect, light appetizer.

I felt like the ingredients would do well with a whole wheat twist so I tweaked my standard tart dough and settled on a ratio of 3 parts all purpose flour to 1 part whole wheat flour. The result is light and flaky with a flavor and texture that reminds me of english biscuits (the kind you dip in tea). I really loved the final galette and I know you will, too.

This cheesy apple, cheddar and caramelized onion galette has a flaky whole wheat crust and tons of flavor. It's a perfect, light appetizer.

Stemilt is sending me to BlogHer Food in Miami next year! I’m very excited to be attending this conference for the first time and experiencing the workshops firsthand. I can’t wait to document the trip and share all of the details with you here. Please do me a favor and check out Stemilt Growers on Facebook and Twitter. They’re a fantastic company and I am honored to help spread the word about their delicious produce.

This cheesy apple, cheddar and caramelized onion galette has a flaky whole wheat crust and tons of flavor. It's a perfect, light appetizer.

Apple, Cheddar and Caramelized Onion Galette
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Serves: 1 galette
Whole Wheat Tart Dough:
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
Galette Filling:
  • 1½ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tart apple
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
Prepare the dough:
  1. Add flour, butter and salt to a food processor. Pulse on and off until the mixture is crumbly. Slowly add the water with the machine running just until the dough forms a ball. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Prepare the onions:
  1. Heat olive oil on low in a large skillet. Add the onions with a pinch of salt. Sweat the onions, stirring, until they begin to caramelize. Turn up the heat to medium-low. Once a brown glaze has formed on the bottom of the skillet, pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of water into the pan to deglaze and use a spatula to scrape up the brown bits and stir them into the onions. Repeat this glazing and deglazing process until the onions have been thoroughly caramelized and taste both sweet and bitter, approximately 25-35 minutes. Use more or less water as needed. Set the caramelized onions aside.
Prepare the galette:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface until very thin. Use a pizza cutter to make a circle with the dough that's around 12 inches in diameter. Carefully transfer the rolled dough to a baking sheet covered in parchment. The best way to do this is to gently roll the dough around the rolling pin, then unroll it on top of the baking sheet.
  3. Distribute the shredded cheddar cheese evenly onto the dough, leaving approximately 2-inches around the border. Top with the caramelized onions.
  4. Core the apple and slice it in half. Slice each half very thin, preferably using a mandoline on one of the thinnest settings. Fan the apple slices decoratively on top of the onions. Top with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. Fold the excess dough on top of the ingredients in a circle, until you have a tightly formed tart.
  5. Bake the galette until the dough is firm, approximately 18-22 minutes.
You can adjust the ratio of all purpose to whole wheat flour in the tart dough. The final photos in this post show dough with a higher percentage of whole wheat flour than the final recipe. I prepared the tart several times and was happiest with a ratio of 3 parts all purpose to 1 part whole wheat flour in terms of flavor and texture. That ratio will result in a dough that is lighter in color. The photos show the tart dough with a 50/50 ratio.


Tools I Used

Cuisinart Classic 7-Cup Food Processor
OXO Good Grips Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer
French Rolling Pin
All-Clad Stainless Steel 3-Quart Saute Pan
Focus Foodservice 13 by 18 Inch 18 Aluminum Half Sheet Pan
Parchment Paper Sheets

More Apple Recipes

Savory Simple – Apple, Sweet Potato and Bacon Turnovers
Savory Simple – Skillet Apple Cobbler
Savory Simple – Spiced Acorn Squash Apple Muffins
All Day I Dream About Food – Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Damn Delicious – Baked Apple Butter Brown Sugar Wings
Sally’s Baking Addiction – Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza


Disclaimer: I am a brand ambassador for Stemilt Growers. I was not financially compensated for this post but Stemilt is sending me to BlogHer Food in 2014. As always, all opinions are my own.

  • Two Red Bowls

    Congratulations!!! This galette is beyond gorgeous — I love cheddar and apple together anytime and to add caramelized onions is genius. Stemilt’s choice seems like a no-brainer to me :) Hope you have a fantastic time at the conference!

  • Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}

    Congratulations my dear! Caramelize onions, cheddar cheese and apples, I can’t get enough!

  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    I love that you made the brisee whole wheat, especially considering this is a savoury galette. I bet it added the most wonderful, nutty flavour.

  • Gail

    This is going on my Christmas Eve dinner list! I was born and raised in Wentatchee, WA, and am familiar with Stemilt growers — congratulations! My range of whole wheat to white flour in pastry is 1/4th to 1/3rd, and I’ve used this blend for my apple pies for almost 20 years. It really accents the apple flavor, doesn’t it?

  • Jess

    What a great partnership, and this galette looks absolutely divine!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I need this for dinner #2 please!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Very nice partnership and I’m sure they are VERY happy with your work. Your description of this galette makes my mouth water – looks so delicious!!! Love that you added caramelized onions. I always love it more when they are in it. :)

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    Congrats Jen!!! and what a lovely galette!

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    My mouth is watering! This is gorgeous and it sounds delicious. I love the whole wheat crust, and I can never get enough apple cheddar combinations. Then you went and added onions… YUM!

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade

    The piñata apples sound amazing! A must find. The galette is beautiful :)

  • Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    Great idea for a sweet and savory galette! Apples and cheese are perfect and it looks incredibly gorgeous!

  • Irina @ wandercrush

    This is really beautiful! I rarely use apple in savoury recipes, but the idea of it with sharp cheddar is so appealing—particularly in galette context (then again, what isn’t made more appealing when served in galette form?).

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Gorgeous galette, I love these flavors!

  • Tina @ Tina’s Chic Corner

    I’ve never made a galette. Yours is so pretty and tasty looking…definitely need to change that!

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh this looks beautiful! I am so excited to try this for myself, I bet it tastes amazing!

  • Amanda

    Congrats! I love this combination (and your photos are beyond gorgeous!) I am sure you will have a blast at the conference!