Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Fair Trade Apple Galette

It's apple picking time!

Last weekend my son and I along with some friends went to Julian, CA to pick apples.  Julian is a quaint town just outside of San Diego; its history dates back to the California Gold Rush of the 1840s.

My son and his friend, both toddlers, enjoyed picking and eating a ton of apples while at the orchard.  And then we had apple pie at Julian Apple Pie Company too.  It seemed they couldn't get too many apples that day!

Upon returning home I knew I needed to make use of these apples before they went bad.  I decided on a fair trade apple galette for practical reasons: it is tasty and easy.

When I returned to Ohio this summer to visit family and friends a friend of mine made a mixed berry galette; it was so good and she explained that it was also so easy.

The fair trade apple galette that I made was simple a baker of any skill level could make it.  And to make it even easier I used puff pastry instead of making my own dough.  I did make my own whipped cream too (recipe included), which is also remarkably easy.

Fair Trade Apple Galette: From All Recipes
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Ready in 1 Hour 5 Minutes
1 sheet puff pastry, rolled to 1/8-inch
4 baking apples - peeled, cored, and cut
into 1/3-inch thick slices
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon
1/3 cup superfine Fair Trade sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 egg, well beaten


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Lay puff pastry onto a round pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Mix apples and lemon juice together in a bowl until evenly coated; add sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Toss to evenly coat apples. Spread apple mixture into the center of the puff pastry and fold edges of pastry toward the center. Brush the folded pastry edges with about 1/2 the egg.

Refrigerate pastry-apple mixture for flavors and pastry to settle, about 10 minutes. Brush pastry with remaining 1/2 egg.

Place pan on the top rack of preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Give galette a 1/4 turn and lower heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking until pastry is lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly before serving, about 10 minutes.

(ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2014 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 10/6/2014)

Fair Trade Whipped Cream:


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Join us as we celebrate all the best of Fair Trade
in San Diego County! 
Lots of vendors!  Lots of samples! 
Learn about Fair Trade and the difference it is making in our world.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Fair Trade Gift for a Friend

Recently a dear friend of mine lost a loved one quite suddenly.  I knew that she and her family had received many frozen meals from friends in the wake of the death.  Still I wanted to bring something to the family at the memorial service, which would be at their home.  My friend's family owns a winery so wine seemed inappropriate and I never really want to bring cut flowers, which die quickly or a potted plant that they then need to tend to.  

A wonderful fair trade gift for a friend during a time of need.

Unsure what to do I consulted Pinterest since one can find anything on there.  Sure enough I found a great fair trade gift idea!  Frozen homemade cookies with directions for preparation.  This way my friend and her family could pop one or a dozen in the oven whenever they were in need of a cookie.  I know that when I am sad sometimes I just need a cookie and homemade cookies are the best.

The fair trade ingredients I used for my fair trade gift.

Here's the recipe that I used:


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) organic butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated Fair Trade sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed Fair Trade brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I need to pick up more Fair Trade vanilla for future baking projects)
  • 2 large organic cage free eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Fair Trade semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto plate and place in freezer.
  • For my friend's note I wrote: preheat the oven and place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bak for 9 to 11 minute (possibly longer if they put them in frozen).
I put the cookies on a plate and froze them and then put the frozen cookies in the package with some ribbon.

I did save two for my son! 

From you friends at Fair Trade San Diego!