Sunday, October 5, 2008

Apple Turnovers...a taste of Fall

Sugar & Honey Apple Turnovers
Beautiful Fall Saturday. What does that put me in the mood for? I'm talking food here....come on....Apples of course. I love making these apple turnovers in the fall. They're quick, easy and so tasty. I used store bought frozen puff pastry this time and they turned out great. If you have time to make your own puff pastry...well then have at it...but I see nothing wrong with taking advantage of pre-made items as long as you put a little homemade in there, too.

Avesta's Sugar n Honey Apple turnovers:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
For filling:
4 large apples, peeled, cored & cut into small chunks

Buy one of these apple corers. They're not expensive and it's great to have to make apple desserts and just to serve apple slices for a snack.

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lemon

In a bowl, toss the apples with the sugars, vanilla, lemon juice and honey.

The honey adds a rich, warm flavor to the apples.

Use fresh squeezed lemon juice. Bottled lemon juice has too harsh a flavor for this recipe.

In a nonstick pan, melt the butter until it just starts to turn golden then add the apple mixture and saute until the apples caramelize.

Turn the heat down to low and saute for another 5 minutes until the apples are soft but not mushy. Cool the apple mixture by putting it in a chilled bowl.

Letting the butter turn golden before adding the apples helps create a caramel flavor in this filling.

Meanwhile, roll out your puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.
Once your pastry is about 1/4 inch thick, cut out even squares, about 4 inches each. Begin assembling your turnovers by placing a spoonful of the apple mixture across the middle of each pastry square.

Fold over one corner of the pastry to form a triangle. If your mixture is a bit high, just lightly push the pastry & filling down so the corners can meet. Fold the edges up and using a fork, press the edges together to seal the turnover. Don't worry about the turnovers looking perfect. They will once they bake!

For a little twist, I made some of the turnovers with pecans. I folded these differently so that my guests could tell which ones had nuts in them. I folded these into rectangles instead.

Once all your turnovers are assembled, put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Make an egg wash by whisking one egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Using a pastry brush, lightly spread egg wash on the tops of all your turnovers. Finish them off by sprinkling a little sugar on top. This will help you get that nice golden crusty flavor and look of professional pastry.

Bake the turnovers on 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. After 8-10 minutes, rotate your cookie sheet so you can evenly cook the turnovers and bake for another 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. The turnovers are done when they are fully puffed and are nice and golden brown.


You can serve the turnovers on a platter just plain or you can serve them individually with some ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce.

They are delicious warm, at room temperature or chilled. If you want to store them make sure to store in an airtight container.


amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

shut up I gained 5 lbs reading this. OMG- I am making this too- curses you wicked woman :)

avesta said... will love them and so will your's so worth the calories! :)

Socialmommies said...

Wow those looks so good. I am going ot have ot make them this fall season! I bet they are good with a nice hot cup of coffee (insert drool)

Helene said...

This is a lot of work but they look so yummy. I should try this one day.

Anonymous said...

That's about as simple and as good as it gets!

What else could you wish for?

avesta said...

I had one with coffee the next day...yum! They're not a lot of work if you buy store frozen puff pastry...I don't mind shortcuts as long as you put some work into it!

nicole said...

YUM! I love all these apple recipes bloggers are coming up with. Anything with apples in it are good.

Ingrid said...

Those do look PERFECT! YUM, I want one...with ice cream, please, hot, straight out of the oven!


avesta said...

Yes Ingrid with ice cream is sooo good...I am in love with eating apple desserts with butter pecan ice cream...give it a'll love it!!!

amy said...

i found your recipe on tastespotting. having never worked with puff pastry before, i was a little intimidated. your step by step photos were a big help, not to mention that your recipe is wonderful. they were a huge success... HUGE! as in "fresh from the bakery" delicious. everyone loved them and it was no surprise they had disappeared by morning. you even inspired me to take photos of my own process.

BrandiRRoberts said...

I made these last night and everyone loved them. I thought they were a little bland and could use some cinnamon or something, but I'm always too critical whenever I cook something. They were very easy to assemble and took no time at all to make.