Sunday, June 21, 2009

Chocolate Glazed Cherry Turnovers


My little ones and I made a special Father's Day breakfast for my husband this morning, and I wanted to make some sort of pastry to go along with his meal. When we had our girls' baking day a while back, I left some of my apple turnovers at my friend Christy's house. Her husband commented on how good he thought they would be with cherry filling also. . . so I really need to say, "Thanks, Marty!" for this idea. I kept the crust as is because it had such a nice, flakey texture the first time through and I was really happy with the final product. I used a can of cherry pie filling for these and decided that instead of using the traditional sugar glaze on top, I would play with a chocolate ganache-- using some of the pie filling glaze to give it a hint of cherry flavor. My husband and I both really loved these (my son did, too, though he really only ate the chocolate off the top)!

Chocolate Glazed Cherry Turnovers
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 large can cherry pie filling
1 large egg

For chocolate glaze:
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cherry glaze (from pie filling-- do not add the actual cherries)

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.

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 1-2 tablespoons of cherry pie filling 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 cherry pie filling. Brush the turnovers with the egg mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Cool on wire rack.

To prepare the chocolate, heat the semi-sweet chocolate and heavy cream in a double boiler over medium heat. Once melted, add the butter and cherry glaze, stirring until shiny and smooth. Let cool slightly before drizzling on top of the cooled turnovers.




67 comments:

  1. What a absolutely stunning photo! Those look incredible!

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  2. These are so decadent and beautiful!

    I think I got that seasoning at a store called New Seasons Market. I bet you could get it at Whole Foods as well.

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  3. Wow! What great photos!!! I think my non-existent sweet tooth is finally coming back!!!

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  4. Oh, this looks like something I'd find in a bakeshop. Looks awesome!

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  5. These look awesome, wonder if I could use apple pie filling?

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  6. Amazing! I am soo craving these right now!

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  7. These look so good! And it just reminded me that I left my cherries on the counter :(

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  8. These look FABULOUS!!! I'm so glad that Marty's idea was a success..can't wait to try this myself. :)

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  9. These look so unbelievably delicious!!! I think I'm going to make some of each...apple and cherry :)

    We need to plan a day to get together soon!!!

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  10. These look absolutely mouthwatering!

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  11. These look so tasty. wish I had one right now!

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  12. I love chocolate and cherry together- these are beautiful! Yum Yum Yum!

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  13. Those look delicious...I'm sure your husband enjoyed them!

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  14. These look so decadent - WOW!

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  15. My mouth s totally watering...YUMMY! I will make these for a special occasion for my hubby!
    Holly @ 504 Main

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  16. I'm not a fan of cherries but my husband sure is so he thanks you very much! ;O) x

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  17. Your creations look and sound so good. Enjoyed my visit on your SITS day.

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  18. These look stunning, but very sweet. We tend to eat salty breakfasts. BTW - the second post's link does not seem to work.

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  19. When i saw the title of this post on your main SITS post i flew over. There isn't a single word in this recipe that doesn't make me drool.

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  20. Wow, your food photography skills are awesome! You should totally write a post on that! These look pretty darn tasty. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Oh my goodness... of course it's breakfast time and I want one of those NOW. LOL!! Absolutely mouth watering!

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  22. I never say a turnover with chocolate on top--great idea. It looks yummy!

    Happy SITS day!

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  23. I would love to try those, they look delicious!

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  24. YUM! I love pastries, I love cherries, and I love chocolate! I wish I had time to bake something now...before I get ready for work!

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  25. I didn't realize how much looking at things made with chocolate made my stomach make so such funny noises:)

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  26. You definitly have a new follower here. I love that your dishes can come out great without looking too complicated. Definitly a plus for my busy mom schedule. Thanks!

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  27. These look wonderful! You have such great presentation and pictures. WOW!

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  28. OMG! Those look and sound delicious. Cherries are my favorite fruit and I LOVE chocolate. Suddenly cereal doesn't sound so great for breakfast this morning :(

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  29. I should have waited until later in the day to read your blog, I'm starving now, everything sounds and looks delicious! Congrats on being the featured blogger over at Sits!
    C

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  30. Chocolate and CHERRIES! YUM! Thanks for the recipe...
    pk @ Room Remix

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  31. These sound so "do-able" !!!! I automatically shy away from things that say "yeast", so I'm thinkin' these are great! LOL. What about filling with a custard filling? Oh Yum-O!!!!
    Dropping by from SITS and totally loving your blog!
    Come see me, I'd be thrilled!!!

    sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

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  32. This is a great idea. My husband would love these as well. Just wait till your kids start baking themselves and prefer *different* recipes--the little traitors- smile!

    @cheapchichome.blogspot.com

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  33. ((wiping drool from keyboard AND monitor))

    I think I could easily live on cans of cherry pie filling. Mixed with chocolate?

    OMG. Stick a fork in me ... I'm done.

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  34. Anything with chocolate has to be good.

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  35. Your blog is making me so hungry for sweets!! Your husband is so lucky that you can make such tasty treats!! Have a great day-- Hope you get a lot of Comment Love!!

    happy sits day!

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  36. These look soooo yummy. Your friends and family must love holidays if they mean treats like this!

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  37. Now I am craving chocolate. That's a good thing!

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  38. Mmmm...love that chocolate cherry combo!

    Jenn @ rookno17.blogspot.com

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  39. Oh wow - drooling. My husband LOVES cherries, so I'm going to have to remember this for the next special upcoming day. He'll love these.

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  40. Mmmmmmmmm. These would be a perfect addition to brunch!

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  41. ohhhhh I may try to make these for a brunch I'm having for some friends in November! Yummo!

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  42. yummy - I wish it was your SITS day every day...

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  43. I would love to wake up and eat one of these for breakfast. I wouldn't mind an apple caramel one either...

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  44. wow what a lot of work. of course if you love it, it doesn't seem like it. Amazing photos and I bet those do taste as delicious as they look

    I wish I had your patience.

    Happy SITS day!

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  45. You have excellent recipes! Happy SITS day!

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  46. Those look delicious! I wish you were my next door neighbor!!! :)

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  47. Great recipe! I haven't made turnovers in years. I like the chocolate drizzle. Very Julia C. of you! ; )

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  48. You just cost me another 5 pounds! Ahh! Can't wait to try these.

    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

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  49. My waistband - just - got - tighter! And I'm having an urge to hit the bakery (no time to bake today, but maybe Saturday!)
    ***Ally

    Happy SITS Day!

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  50. Ok, I was handling it pretty well until that last picture, and now I'm really drooling. Mmmm, what an amazing combo in such a creative presentation. Thanks for the great crust recipe! Happy SITS day!

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  51. Those look sooooo good. Remind me never to read food blogs whens I'm hungry! lol

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  52. Oh those look to die for I will have to make them. YUMMY!!!!

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  53. Wow... I am so hungry and this just made it worse lol. These pictures are phenomenal. You really have a talent for food *and* photographing food.

    www.americantribal.blogspot.com

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  54. I've really been working hard on losing my baby weight (I gained 70 lbs. ~ YIKES!)
    I can see now that I'm gonna have to work even HARDER!!
    GREAT recipes =D

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  55. Oh my goodness. I'm not sure I can take anymore - these all look delicious. I love adding new recipes to try! Thanks :o)

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  56. Wow, they look delicious! I'll definitely have to try them.

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  57. Delicious and so so pretty to look at!

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  58. Chocolate and cherry is an amazing combination. Looks delicious!

    Hope you had a great SITS Feature Day!

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  59. I know I would love these. They are a hit!

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  60. Oh sweet heaven! Those look delicious!

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  61. Oh my! You can eat those? They look too pretty to eat! Those are the best kind of pastries...delicious to the eyes and the palate!
    Thanks for the treat! And I'm really glad that you were featured on SITS...you've got a great way of presenting and enticing. Yum!

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