I made these turnovers last week as I had a bag of frozen apple slices that wanted using, as well as a puff pastry dough that had been sitting in the fridge a couple days while I decided what to do with it. These turned out delicious, and well worth keeping the recipe on hand for the next time – and so I share it here! I found several recipes online, but most call for deep-frying; I don’t do grease. Baking them is healthier, ecologically as well as medically, and they come out tasting like the apple pie pockets from a well-known fast-food chain restaurant – except I know exactly what goes into these, no chemicals or unpronounceable ingredients involved. They only take about 10 minutes to prepare and would be a great dessert for guests, or a quick toss-together when you’ve got withering apples to use up.
For a real treat, serve these warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Enjoy!
Baked Apple Turnovers
3-4 apples, peeled, cored and finely diced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry
A bit of milk or cream for brushing
Prepare the apples as instructed; then toss together with the sugar and spices.
Roll out the pastry dough, and score with a knife to cut into 6 squares.
Spoon a bit of the mixture into the centre (off just a bit, as you’ll fold it at the centre), keeping it away from the edges. Fold over corner-to-corner into a triangle, and press the open edges together with the tines of a fork. Repeat until all are done, spreading them evenly on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush the tops with a bit of milk or cream (or egg wash).
Bake at 180°C (350°F) for ~30-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
Makes 6 turnovers.