I am a Brand Ambassador for Mazola Corn Oil®. I have been compensated for this post. All opinions are mine alone.
This Rustic Fresh Apple Galette is made with a flaky oil crust topped with a caramel glaze for a lower calorie, lower fat dessert.
As much as I love a flaky, buttery pie crust, I’ve been working on a healthier version. I wanted one that used oil but was still flaky and delicious. After many different attempts, I’ve found one I love. It seems the type of oil you use makes a huge difference. I tried this with olive oil and another neutral oil. It just wasn’t right. Luckily, Mazola® had contacted me about using their cholesterol-free corn oil. I jumped at the chance to work with them. Their corn oil gave the crust the flavor it had been lacking. It doesn’t taste like corn or oil; I really believe it mimicked butter. I am beyond thrilled.
As you probably know, my husband had a heart attack a few years ago now. While he has never been overweight, he does have high cholesterol. In order to combat his high cholesterol, we had to learn a better way to eat. I have learned that corn oil has a unique combination of healthy fatty acids and plant sterols, which research suggests help lower cholesterol. Plant sterols are plant-based substances naturally present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes and vegetable oils, such as corn oil. I am so proud of him for getting his cholesterol down to a manageable level. He has changed his eating habits, and we have made more changes to our diet to go along with his cardiologist’s recommendations. All of these changes are also helping me stay on my quest to lose weight.
Since I started this blog, 2 years ago, I’ve been working on making a lower fat and cholesterol pie crust. By George—or should I say, By Mazola®, I think I’ve got it! This crust was flaky, crumbly and the perfect crust flavor. One of my other favorite tricks about a pie crust is to add spices. Cinnamon makes food taste sweeter. A little touch of cinnamon and coriander give the crust scrumptious flavor and a little sweetness without any sugar. I also left the peel on the apples. Don’t throw away the magnificent peel. It is full of nutrients. With the healthy changes I had made, I had a little more for some indulgence with a lightened caramel sauce. This is like a caramel apple in a pie crust. How could anyone resist?
A galette is the perfect pie to make if you cannot roll out a perfectly round pie crust. I am not talented in that regard. I have tried all the tricks I’ve seen and still I cannot make a perfect round pie crust. Guess what? It doesn’t matter. Make it as round as you can but don’t stress if it isn’t a perfect circle. I actually like the way the crust looks when it is folded up. The little irregularities show it’s homemade and they bring some character. Even if you don’t think you can make a pie crust, you can make this one! You don’t need to worry about cold butter or what size crumbles the flour is. If you can stir, you can make this pie crust.
Want a little more information on Cholesterol? Check out this informative chart by Mazola
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