I love pie. Buttery crust filled with sweet fruit, custards, nuts, toasted meringue, they are all delicious. The only downside? The amount of time it takes to make one. Yes, I could always buy a pie but like almost all food products, homemade is so much better. So when I’m having those deep pie cravings, I turn to galettes. Galettes are the rustic version of pies that are just as delicious and easier to make. Need to make a sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving? Make this maple sweet potato galette instead. Filled with a sweet cream cheese filling and drizzled with vanilla maple syrup, this galette needs to make an appearance on your dinner table.

maple sweet potato galette

maple sweet potato galette


Maple Sweet Potato Galette

1 hr, 30 Total Time

Yields 1 galette

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  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2-3 tbsp ice water
  • Vanilla maple syrup
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • Sweet potato galette
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large sweet potato, sliced into 1/8 inch thick slices
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make the pie dough. Combine 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour with ¼ tsp salt and ½ cup cold butter. Use a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add 1-2 tbsp ice water just until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. Scrape the seeds of ½ a vanilla bean. Simmer ½ cup maple syrup with the vanilla seeds for 5 minutes on low heat. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Cream together 8 ounces softened cream cheese with ½ cup sugar, 1 egg yolk, and 1 tsp vanilla extract until smooth.
  5. Peel and slice the sweet potato into 1/8 inch thick slices. Toss the sweet potato with 1/3 cup melted butter, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 2 tbsp brown sugar.
  6. Dust a clean work counter with flour and roll out the pie dough into a rough circle until it's about ¼ inch thick. Transfer the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread the cream cheese filling in the center and shingle the sweet potato on top. Fold over the edges slightly over the filling. Drizzle 2 tbsp of the vanilla maple syrup over the filling.
  7. Whisk together 1 egg yolk with 1 tsp water. Brush the edges of the crust with the egg wash. Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and drizzle extra vanilla maple syrup on top. Serve while warm.


**Helpful tips and common mistakes

The first step to making this maple sweet potato galette is to make the pie dough. This is the same pie dough I use for all my pies, a basic combination of flour, butter, water, and a pinch of salt. Mix together all of the ingredients, using cold butter and just a little bit of water to bring the dough together. The dough may seem a little dry but just wrap it in plastic wrap and chill the dough. The sealed-in moisture will help it come together once you are ready to roll it out.

vanilla bean

While the pie dough is chilling, make the vanilla maple syrup. This maple syrup uses vanilla beans for the intense vanilla flavor but you can also use vanilla extract. Just substitute 2 tsp vanilla extract for 1/2 vanilla bean. When purchasing the vanilla beans, make sure the beans are fragrant, have a shine, and are plump. If the beans look dry, they are not fresh. Simmer the syrup for 5 minutes and let it cool.

cream cheese layer

Now it’s time to make the sweet potato galette. Roll out the dough until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Don’t worry if the shape isn’t perfect, that’s the whole appeal! Spread the prepared cream cheese beaten together with sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla in an even layer.

stack sweet potatoes on cream cheese layer

Toss thinly sliced sweet potato with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon and shingle them on top of the cream cheese.

crimp the edges

Fold over the edges and drizzle the vanilla maple syrup on top. Brush the edges with egg wash and bake the sweet potato galette until golden brown.

finished galette

Let the galette cool slightly and serve warm with extra vanilla maple syrup. If you want to go the extra step, have it with a side of vanilla ice cream.

Who needs sweet potato pie when there’s sweet potato galette! This galette is certainly different than a pie but it is delicious in every way. From the cream cheese layer to the buttered sweet potato to the vanilla maple syrup, it’s just darn good. Don’t mind me as I help myself to a second serving.

maple sweet potato galette



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