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Baby Gala apples are small and covered in a thin yellow to orange skin, highlighted with pink to red stripes that vary in hue dependent upon the apple maturity. Their dense flesh is creamy yellow and crisp, offering a mildly sweet flavor and flora aroma. Galas that are allowed to reach the peak of their sweetness on the tree will have a deeper red hue and a slightly sweeter flavor.
The delicate flavor and texture of the Gala apple shine in fresh preparations. They are perfect for use in fruit, green, and chopped salads. Add diced gala to fruit salsas and chutneys. Slice and add to burgers, paninis, and crostinis. Their sweet flavor becomes milder when cooked, making them perfect in baked preparations when paired with stronger flavored apples such a Granny Smith, Arkansas Black, Pippin, and Mutsu. The flavor of pears, winter squash, onions, pecans, turkey, curry, brie, cheddar, and Swiss cheese complement Gala apples.
The optimum storage temperature for apples depends on the variety, but all are within the range from 30 to 40 F. Apples are moderately susceptible to freeze damage. Temperatures more than 1 or 2 degrees below freezing should be avoided.
Classic Apple Pie
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
6-8 tablespoons cold water
8 Apples peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon ground