Vegan Cranberry Apple Galette

27 November 2021 by Natanja

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  • Sweet, slightly sour and spiced with warming winter spices: this vegan cranberry apple galette is a festive and delicious dessert to make this season.

    Vegan Cranberry Apple Galette on a sheet of parchment paper

    When I think of festive desserts, cranberries are one the first things that come to mind. These little red berries are not only delicious but also look gorgeous thanks to their vibrant red color. Their flavor goes incredibly well with winter spices such as nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. They are, however, also very tart, which can be a bit overwhelming. To balance their tartness, we’re adding some apples to the mix to create a balanced sweet and slightly sour dessert that’ll have you going back for seconds!

    Vegan Cranberry Apple Galette before baking

    How to make a vegan galette crust

    To veganize galette dough, simply use vegan butter. The rest of the ingredients are the same as for a traditional version: flour, sugar, a pinch of salt and a bit of water to bring the dough together. 

    Since eggless doughs are always a bit crumblier, I like to roll the dough out on a sheet of parchment paper – flouring the parchment paper as well as the top side of the dough and rolling pin, so nothing sticks. While rolling the dough out on parchment paper makes the process a bit more slippery, I prefer it over the kitchen counter, as I can easily transfer it onto the baking sheet without risk of tearing it.

    Dusting Vegan Cranberry Apple Galette with powdered sugar

    Galettes vs. Pies – What is the difference?

    Both doughs work the same way. By using cold butter and cutting that into the flour-sugar mixture, little pockets of air are created, which expand whilst baking. This results in a crust with different layers, which are separated by the air-pockets and in turn give it that beloved flaky texture.

    However, a galette is a lot simpler to make. No need to crimp the edges or cut out any lattice designs. A galette is like the fun aunt of the family – a little wonky, rough around the edges but amazing nonetheless. 

    Serving a slice of Vegan Cranberry Apple Galette

    Make Ahead

    This vegan cranberry apple galette can be made ahead for up to 2 days. The crust will, however, lose its crunch when stored for longer than a day. If you prefer your pastry crispy, you can make only the dough the day before (or up to 3 days before), shape it into a disc and wrap it tightly in foil. Then continue with the dessert the next day. Making the filling and rolling out the dough only takes about 25 minutes, so it’s a manageable dessert to make when guests are coming over.

    Leftovers also freeze well when wrapped tightly in foil and stored in airtight containers.

    Vegan Cranberry Apple Galette dusted with powdered sugar
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    Vegan Cranberry Apple Galette on a sheet of parchment paper

    Vegan Cranberry Apple Galette

    • Prep Time: 35 minutes
    • Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
    • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes (excludes chilling time)
    • Yield: 1 galette (serves 4) 1x


    Sweet, slightly sour and spiced with warming winter spices: this vegan cranberry apple galette is a festive and delicious dessert to make this season.



    Galette Dough

    • 200g flour
    • 50g caster sugar
    • zest of ½ organic lemon
    • 100g vegan butter, chilled
    • 34 tablespoons cold water


    • 1 medium apple (about 150 g)
    • 70g brown sugar (1/3 cup)
    • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 250g cranberries (2 1/2 cups)


    • blanched sliced almonds for decor
    • powdered sugar for dusting


    Galette Dough

    1. Combine the flour, sugar and lemon zest in a bowl. Cut the cold butter into cubes and using a pastry cutter or your hands, work the butter into the dough until the butter chucks are pea-sized. 
    2. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, and combine until the flour is moistened. Knead the dough a few times on a lightly floured surface (if it seems dry, add one more tablespoon of water) until it comes together. Don’t overwork the dough.
    3. Shape it into a flat disc and wrap tightly in foil. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or up to 3 days.


    1.  To make the filling, peel, core and cut the apple into thin slices. 
    2. Stir together the brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and water in a bowl.
    3. Combine one tablespoon of the sugar mixture with the apple slices. Add the cranberries to the rest of the sugar mixture and stir to coat evenly. 


    1. Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F).
    2. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper (also flouring the topside of your dough and your rolling pin) until you have a circle of 30 cm ø (12 inches).
    3. Transfer the dough (along with the parchment paper underneath) onto a baking sheet.
    4. Leaving a 7 cm (2.8 inch) border, layer the apple slices onto the dough, then add the cranberries on top.
    5. Trim the edge with a pizza cutter to get a uniform circle. Then fold in the sides towards the middle. 
    6.  Brush the edges with water and decorate with almond slices.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Let it cool slightly, dust with powdered sugar and serve warm or at room temperature.



    See post above for make ahead tips and storage tips.

    Keywords: vegan cranberry galette, vegan apple cranberry galette, vegan Christmas galette


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