This is an easy recipe for a free form pie/galette with an apple and Chinese five spice filling. Paul’s friend did an incredible job on on HIS VERY FIRST BAKE EVER! You can, too!

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-makes enough for two galettes

-mixing bowl
-cling film
-rolling pan
-sheet pan with parchment lining
-cutting board
-cooling rack

-1 2/3 cups (225 grams) all-purpose flour
-1 tablespoon sugar
-1 teaspoon salt
-16 tablespoons or 2 sticks (225 grams) of cold butter
-1/2 cup (120 milliliters or grams) cold water

FILLING per pie (double amount for 2 pies)
-1 apple
-about 1/4 cup of granulated sugar (40 grams) or brown sugar (53 grams)
-a pinch of salt
-1 teaspoon of Chinese five spice
-1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour or cornstarch 

-1 egg
-1/8 cup (25 grams) granulated sugar

For the dough:
-Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.
-Cut the butter into the flour, sugar, and salt mixture until the consistency is pebble-like with some slightly larger chunks of butter (either by hand, or pulsed in a food processor)
-Add the cold water until the mixture is just mixed.
-Split in half and separate the halves.
-Shape both into discs, wrap them in cling film, and place them in a refrigerator.
-Allow them to chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
For the filling:
-Peel and core the apple. Cut thinly or dice the rest of the apple.
-Add the apple pieces into a bowl, a pinch of salt, and the flour/cornstarch.
-Add the sugar until it just coats the apples. You may not use all of the sugar. Add more sugar if needed.
-Allow this to sit for at least 30 minutes.
For the pie:
-Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6
-Place a sheet of cling film on your work surface. 
-Unwrap your dough, place it in the middle of the cling film, and place another sheet of cling film on top.
-Use the rolling pin to roll out dough into a circle (about 8 to 9 inches across) until it is at least 1/8th of an inch. If any cracks appear, try to push the dough back together.
-Remove the top sheet of cling film, grip the bottom cling film, and carefully, flip the dough onto the sheet pan.
-Keeping about 2 to 3 inches on all sides clear, spoon the apples onto the dough.
-Fold the empty dough border up over the apples on all sides.
-Beat the egg and brush the egg onto the crust.
-Sprinkle sugar on the crust.
-Bake for 35 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown.
-Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.
-Serve warm and ENJOY!