Gala apples are 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. Grown in both the southern and northern hemispheres, Gala Apples are available year-round. A cross between Golden Delicious and Orange Red, the Gala apple is currently one of the most extensively grown apples in the world. The delicate flavor and texture of the Gala apple shine in fresh preparations.
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
- Add the dough's ingredients gradually until all mixed together. Then put the dough in the fridge.
- While the pie crust is resting in the fridge, prepare the filling by tossing the sliced apples with lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. And set aside.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and sit at room temperature for up to 10 minutes. This is required to soften the dough a bit to roll it out.
- Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
- Place the pie dough lightly into a pie plate after rolling it.
- Add apple mixture (filling).
- Cover it with a second layer of the dough.
- Trim the excess dough, if needed. Brush generously with beaten egg. Gently place on top of the filling and make vents using a sharp knife, or cut into long strips to make a lattice.
- Bake for about an hour or until the crust is golden and brown and juices are bubbling.