Sunday, July 31, 2016

Apple Turnovers
























 My Mom didn't call them Apple Turnovers. She didn't call them fruit pies or apple pockets. She called them hand pies it's the first dessert I can remember her teaching me how to make. She used to fill them with any fruit she found at the local produce stand...peaches, apples, cherries, strawberries and blueberries. So good and so easy to make now that we can buy puffed pastry already made and ready to use.

Apple Turnovers (Apple Hand Pies)

1 package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
2 medium Fuji or Gala apples – peeled and diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
course sugar for topping (optional)

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Melt butter in a large skillet and add diced apples. Cook for about 3 minutes. Next add brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, cornstarch, and nutmeg. Continue cooking until apples are tender and sauce has begun to thicken. Stir apples occasionally while cooking. Remove apple mixture from heat and add the vanilla. Set aside to cool.


























Unfold pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface. Smooth or roll out seems to make sure they do not separate. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut each sheet into four squares.

Mix the egg white and water together to make an egg wash. Brush egg wash all along the edges of the pastry squares. Next spoon about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the mixture into the center of the 1 pastry square leave about an inch on all sides. Fold pastry in half diagonally and pinch the edges with a fork to seal. Prick with fork for steam vents. Sprinkle a little course sugar on top if desired. Repeat with remaining squares.

Transfer to an baking sheet. Leave at least an inch between pies. Bake at 400 degrees for 14-16 minutes until the top is puffed and nicely browned. Remove turnovers from pan to a wire rack and cool 10 minutes.

Vanilla Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix to a smooth, thick consistency. Add more milk to thin, if necessary. Drizzle glaze over warm turnovers and serve.


















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