Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Apple Turnovers

Many of the recipes that I have found for Apple Turnovers use Puff Pastry as the crust. I've been looking for one made completely from scratch, but was a bit intimidated by the process involved. With this particular one, while I did plenty of complaining during the time-consuming dough making process, I have to say that it was well worth every minute spent! The only thing better than the taste of this pastry was the smell as they came out of the oven. I've already been thinking about all of the great options for different fillings that I can't wait to try! Each recipe does make eight turnovers, but if you choose to make more than that, they do reheat well as long as you keep them in the refrigerator.
Apple Turnovers
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2 large cooking apples
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg
For glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon water
Prepare pastry dough: In medium bowl, with fork, stir flour and salt. With pastry blender, cut 1/2 cup butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cold water, a tablespoon at a time, into the mixture, mixing lightly with a fork after each addition until the dough is just moist enough to hold together. With hands, shape dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll out the dough into an 18" by 8" rectangle. Cut 4 tablespoons of butter into thin slices. Starting at one of the 8" sides, place butter slices over two-thirds of the rectangle to about 1/2 inch from the edge of the dough. Fold the unbuttered third of the dough over the middle third. Fold the opposite end of the dough over to make a 8" by 6" rectangle. Roll out the dough again into an 18" by 8" rectangle. Slice the remaining butter; place slices on dough and fold as before. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Roll out the folded dough into an 18" by 8" rectangle. Fold rectangle lengthwise then crosswise; wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Peel, core, and slice apples. In a one quart saucepan over low heat, cook apples with sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and cinnamon, stirring frequently, until apples are tender. Refrigerate until cool.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut dough crosswise in half. On a lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll out half into a 12 inch square. Keep the remaining dough refrigerated. Cut the square into 6 inch squares. In cup, with fork, beat egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the egg mixture over the dough squares. Spoon one-eighth of the apple mixture in the center of each square. Fold diagonally in half and press edges to seal. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Refrigerate. Repeat with remaining dough and apple mixture. Brush the turnovers with the egg mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Cool on wire rack.
Prepare glaze, mixing the confectioners sugar with the water. With a spoon, drizzle it over the turnovers. Allow the glaze to set before serving.


  1. These look delicious!!! Marcus LOVES apple turnovers, but I don't have the heart to show him your recipe just yet--he's still trying really hard to watch what he eats! Maybe I'll keep the recipe as a "reward" :)

  2. These look wonderful! How many weight watchers points do you think they are??? I have a stupid question...what is a pastry blender?

  3. Kelly... not a stupid question at all! A pastry blender is a tool that blends/cuts butter into dry ingredients. You can find one pretty inexpensively at most any store selling kitchen accessories. They are really convenient, but you can also use forks in a scissor motion if you don't have one.