Thursday, September 18, 2008

BB- Apple Turnovers

This week's bonus recipe was chosen by Anne of Anne Strawberry. I made it for a last-minute dessert the other night when friends came over for our "Italian Night" (a.k.a. husbands cook. yipee!). It's simple and quick- to make it even easier, I used the pre-sliced Granny Smith apples from Trader Joe's. I also cut the recipe in half (it makes 8!!). My husband really liked them, but I thought the filling was a little dry. I served them with cinnamon ice cream, which helped. Definitely a good, simple recipe for comfort food!

Apple Turnovers
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/4 pounds tart apples, such as Empire or Granny Smith (3 apples)
3 tablespoons dried cherries
3 tablespoons sugar, plus extra to sprinkle on top
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch kosher salt
1 package (17.3 ounces, 2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Combine the orange zest and orange juice in a bowl. Peel, quarter, and core the apples and then cut them in 3/4-inch dice. Immediately toss the apples with the zest and juice to prevent them from turning brown. Add the cherries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Flour a board and lightly roll each sheet of puff pastry to a 12 by 12-inch square. Cut each sheet into 4 smaller squares and keep chilled until ready to use.

Brush the edges of each square with the egg wash and neatly place about 1/3 cup of the apple mixture on half of the square. Fold the pastry diagonally over the apple mixture and seal by pressing the edges with a fork. Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Brush the top with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, make 2 small slits, and bake for 20 minutes, until browned and puffed. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. It sounds like you guys had fun making them (and husbands cooking sounds wonderful!) I bet cinnamon ice cream was the perfect addition, I'll have to try that next time! Did you make it from scratch? I'm looking for a good recipe...

  2. Hmmm . . . I'm going to have to institute an "Italian Night" around here! I wonder what could be done to make the turnovers a little saucier? I'm a recipe follower, not a recipe developer, but maybe one of these other wonderful cooks can help. Glad you liked them!

  3. I love the idea of "Italian" night. Now, how to persuade hubby???? My only thought on making the filling less dry is to cook the apples with a little water in a pot before stuffing so they start to break down a bit. Good luck!!

  4. The pairing with cinnamon ice cream sounds incredible!

  5. I would love to make it at home.Thanks for the recipes.

  6. What wonderful ideas ... great blog!