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Salted Caramel Apple Galette

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  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes Yield: 1 galette; about 8 servings

As delicious and impressive as pie, but half the work! This salted caramel apple galette is the easiest fall dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g; 1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed*
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) ice cold water*

Filling & Topping

  • 2 – 3 large apples, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices (about 4–5 cups slices)*
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons (12g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (to prevent apple browning)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salted caramel sauce
  • egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon milk
  • optional: 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Make the crust: Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter (love this one) or a couple forks, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse, pea-sized crumbs. Add the water and stir until the flour is moistened. Add 1 more Tablespoon of water if the dough seems dry. Gently knead the dough a few times on a lightly floured work surface until it all comes together. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten it into a thick disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days (or freeze up to 3 months).
  • As the dough chills, prepare the filling: Mix the apples, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Cover tightly and let sit until the dough is ready. I usually cover it and keep it in the refrigerator during this time.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle (or any shape, really!). Trim the rim of the circle to make a clean cut if desired. Transfer dough to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Arrange the apples (not the juices) into the center of the dough, leaving a 2-3 inch border all around. Gently fold the edges of the dough over the apples, overlapping the dough as necessary. Press gently to seal the edges. Drizzle 3 Tablespoons of salted caramel over the filling (not the crust). Brush the crust edges with egg wash and sprinkle the whole thing with walnuts, if using.
  • Bake until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown, about 35-38 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Serve with extra salted caramel sauce drizzled on top.

Notes

  • Make Ahead Instructions: Both the dough and filling can be made ahead of time and chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months after prepared in step 1. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before rolling out and filling.
  • Cold Ingredients: Make sure the butter and water are SUPER cold. Cold ingredients, as well as chilling, help the crust keep its shape.
  • Apples: You can use any apple variety, but here are my favorites for galettes: granny smith, honeycrisp, pink lady, or fuji.

Best NJ Fall Foliage Hikes Near Hoboken and Jersey City

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best NJ Fall Foliage Hikes

As the temperature cools and the leaves start to change, there’s no better way to embrace the season than to get outside and explore the nature around you. New Jersey is home to miles upon miles of beautiful hiking trails, many of which offer the stunning New York City skyline views unique to our state.

Below are a few of the best trails, within an hour or less drive from Hoboken and Jersey City, where you can immerse yourself in all of the reds, oranges, and golds that you can handle. Grab your water bottle, hiking boots — and maybe even your furry best friend — and get going!

Palisades Interstate Park (20 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: Take the Long Path, which starts at the stunning State Line Lookout, and moves through the park, hitting many other places of interest along the way.

Location: Bergen County
Trail Time: 4 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: State Line Lookout features a breathtaking panoramic view of the Hudson River. The park also boasts Greenbrook Sanctuary (a secluded woodland preserve), three historic sites (including the Kearney House, a nineteenth century tavern), four picnic areas, and three boat basins.
More info: Visit http://www.njpalisades.org/index.html.

Cheesequake State Park (40 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: A 4.5-mile hike explores Hooks Creeks Lake, Perrine Pond, and terrain ranging from forests to salt marshes. For this hike, take the Yellow Trail to the Blue Trail until you reach the Green Trail, which will complete the loop.

Location: Middlesex County
Trail Time: 3 hours
Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Why It’s Great: This park boasts a rare combination of vegetation, from salt marshes to wetlands to forests, all of which are easily accessible to hikers through various trails.
More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/cheesequake.html.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (40 mins from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: Pyramid Mountain staff members recommend a 3.5-mile, moderately challenging trail that begins in the parking area, passes through a scenic overlook, and culminates at Tripod Rock. Plus, the return loop has a stretch along the Taylortown Reservoir.

Location: Montville Township
Trail Time: 2.5 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: The trail boasts stunning views of the New York City skyline, waterfalls, wetlands — and an up-close look at Tripod Rock. It’s a glacial erratic — aka, a rock not native to the area — and, as a 160-ton boulder balanced on three smaller stones, it’s a striking feat of nature.
More info: Visit http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/pyrmtnmain.asp.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: The trails are adaptable, but we like the five-mile route that takes hikers along Ramapo Lake and passes through the ruins of Van Slyke Castle. Take the MacEvoy Trail for about 1.5 miles, turn off onto Castle Point Trail, and use the Todd Trail to loop back around to the MacEvoy Trail.

Location: Bergen and Passaic counties
Trail Time: 3.5 hours
Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm until November 1, when the trails will close at 6:00 pm
Why It’s Great: The trails are flexible, so hikers can mix-and-match routes based on their interests and ability. And Ramapo boasts New York City skyline views — as well as the ruins of Van Slyke Castle.
More info: Visit http://www.nynjtc.org/park/ramapo-mountain-state-forest.

Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: A scenic 7.5-mile hike covers Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake, and Hemlock Pond. Begin at Buttermilk Falls, head onto the Appalachian Trail until you reach the Crater Lake Trail, you’ll then use the Blue Mountain Lakes Trail to link back up with the Buttermilk Falls Trails and return using that route.

Location: Layton, Sussex County
Trail Time: 6 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: Buttermilk Falls is NJ’s highest waterfall and a favorite destination of visitors to the park. Be sure to plan your hike after a period of rain to get the best views of the waterfall.
More info: Visit http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/trails.htm.

Hacklebarney State Park  (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: Take the Main Trail to the Upper Trail, and then use the Lower Trail to hike along the Black River before looping back.

Location: Morris County
Trail Time: 2 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: This trail takes hikers along many streams as well as the Black River, which is a plus as proximity to water causes leaves to change color earlier in the season.
More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/hackle.html.

Norvin Green State Forest (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)Standout Trail: This four-mile trail will take you to one of the best views in New Jersey, Wyanokie High Point. Begin on the Otter Hole Trail, until you come to the Hewitt-Butler Trail, and follow this trail to the Wyanokie Circular Trail. Continue on the Wyanokie Circular Trail until it splits from the Mine Trail, at which point you should follow the Mine Trail to the Roomy Mine Trail. Stick to this trail until you once again reach the Mine Trail. From here, follow the Hewitt-Butler Trail to the Otter Hole Trail until you come back to your starting point.

Location: Passaic County
Trail Time: 3 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: Wyanokie High Point features breathtaking skyline views, and also overlooks the Wanaque Reservoir. You’ll also see an old copper mine, as well as many streams and unique rock formations.
More info: Visit http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/wyanokie-high-point-loop-weis-ecology-center.

Worthington State Forest (90 mins from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: A 7.8-mile trek follows the park’s Dunnfield Creek trail from the parking area for the first 3.5 miles, reaches Sunfish Pond, and returns on the Appalachian Trail.

Location: Hardwick Township, Warren County
Trail Time: 5.5 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: You can enjoy breathtaking views of Delaware Water Gap and Sunfish Pond, a stunning glacial lake. Warning: This terrain is rocky, so hiking boots are a must!
More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/worthington.html.

Holiday Cards They’ll Keep

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You want a holiday card that makes a statement.

We’ve thought through the envelope (those colors! The look of hand-addressing in light inks) but what we wanted was- weight. A sense of receiving a keepsake. A printed card this thick and luxurious will be displayed by all who receive it and saved as a treasured keepsake. Call us to arrange a holiday portrait session for your family as soon as possible – premium dates and locations are still available 201.610.1199.