Apple pie can keep its blue-ribbon status—the apple galette is easier to make than pie, has rustic good looks, and a delicious flavor. Just roll the dough; pile on fruit; fold the edges over in a lovely, rustic manner; and put it in the oven. In about an hour, you’ll have a warming dessert to slice and top with vanilla ice cream.
For optimal flavor and texture, use a combination of two Granny Smith and two Macintosh apples. If you use all Macintosh, they will cook down to mush. If you want to use just one kind, go with all Granny Smiths or Cosmic Crisps (you may need only three, since both varieties tend to be larger).