Thursday, March 10, 2011

Apple Turnovers




In my professional baking class, we (of course) use all butter puff pastry that we make ourselves. However, you can buy good quality puff pastry at most Trader Joe's.

2 sheets puff pastry (one package, defrosted)
4 medium or 3 large apples. peeled and diced (do not put the apples in water)
2 oz. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 T. vanilla extract
3 T. corn starch

Combine the cornstarch, water and vanilla. Set aside.


Heat a large (10 inch.) saute pan for one minute. Add butter, immediately followed by apples. Shake, do not stir, the apples until soft (about 6 minutes). If the apples look too brown, lower the heat. Add the brown sugar and allow to liquify.

Add the cornstarch mixture and gently stir.
Lower the heat and continue to cook the apple mixture until the juice gets very thick and jam-like. Remove from heat and allow the apples to cool.
Roll the puff pastry into six 5x5 squares.
Spoon one sixth of the apple filling onto each square.
Fold into a triangle.
Firmly press the edge with your thumb.
Cut the edge with a bench scraper.
Place the turnovers on a parchment-lined half sheet pan
Brush the turnovers with cream, like I have done here, or egg wash (one egg yolk with one tablespoon water).
Then sprinkle with sugar.
Bake the turnovers at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. The turnovers are best eaten warm or at room temperature. These turnovers are big. You can make them half the size, but it is difficult to control the apples from leaking out too much.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Carol,

    Going to make these tonight but I noticed that the brown sugar is not used. Mix in after the butter I'm assuming??

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