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Monday, August 10, 2009

Flaky Apple Turnovers






















I made these turnovers following Bakers' Banter and they were the best turnovers i ever made. I could not wait to bake this pastry and had to make some turnovers as soon as the pastry was ready. I did not have the ingredients for the raspberry filling but had some apples sitting on the counter,. so Apple Turnovers were baked and were so welcomed by everyone who tasted them , They were the flakiest ever, light and buttery. Please do refer to Bakers' Banter for step to step instructions.













Ingredients:

1 ½ cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup/8 ozs cold butter
1/2 cup/4 ozs sour cream



Filling

3 tablespoons Instant ClearJel® or cornstarch
2/3 cup sugar
3 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen or apples - peeled and cut into cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, to seal pastries (optional)

*If you use cornstarch, you'll want to dissolve it in cold water, rather than stir it into the sugar.


Method:

1) To make the crust: Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.


2) Cut the cold butter into pats, and work it into the flour mixture till it's unevenly crumbly, with larger bits of butter remaining intact.


3) Stir in the sour cream. The dough will be craggy, but cohesive.


4) Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and bring it together, if necessary, with a few quick kneads.


5) Pat the dough into a rough square, then roll it into an 8" x 10" rectangle.


6) Dust both sides of the dough with flour. Starting with one of the shorter (8") ends, fold it in thirds like a business letter, flip it over (so the open flap is on the bottom), and turn it 90°.


7) Roll the dough into an 8" x 10" rectangle again. Fold it in thirds, wrap in plastic, and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes (or overnight) before using.


8) While the dough is chilling, make the filling. Mix the sugar and ClearJel till well combined. If you're using cornstarch, mix it with enough cold water to dissolve.


9) Add the sugar mixture to the raspberries, tossing to combine. Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon (and the cornstarch/water mixture, if you're using cornstarch).


10) Heat the mixture in a saucepan over very low heat, stirring, till the berries soften and fall apart. The mixture will be thick and jam-like, even though it doesn't really warm up much; this will take under 5 minutes. If you use cornstarch, cook and stir till the mixture bubbles and thickens. You can prepare the filling up to several days before; cover and refrigerate till you're ready to use it.


11) You can also do this in a microwave; heat till the berries soften, then stir till they fall apart and the mixture thickens, like jam.


12) When you're ready to assemble the turnovers, preheat the oven to 400°F. Roll the chilled dough into a 16" square. Cut sixteen 4" squares, for small, triangular turnovers. For round turnovers, use a turnover press to cut nine 4 1/2" rounds. Re-roll the dough scraps, and cut 4 or 5 additional rounds, as many as you can get out of the scraps.


13) If desired, for a tighter seal, brush two adjoining edges of each square (or half of each circle) with 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water.


14) Place about 2 teaspoons filling slightly off-center in each square. Or about 4 teaspoons slightly off-center of each round; a level tablespoon cookie scoop works well here.


15) Fold the turnovers in half. If you've cut the dough in squares, fold in half diagonally, to create triangular turnovers. Press the edges with a fork to seal.


16) Place the turnovers on a baking sheet, preferably one lined with parchment to catch any spills. Bake in the preheated 400°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they're a deep, golden brown; you may see some of the filling beginning to ooze out.


17) Remove the turnovers from the oven, and cool on a rack.



Serve warm, or at room temperature.


Yield: about 16 triangular turnovers



Serves

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lily, An English way to enjoy apple pie is with cheese or cheese sauce. I will make this turnover and put cheese inside with apple filling.

Gloria

Anonymous said...

Lily,

I'm from Malaysia & you would probably know sour cream is not a common supermarket item here.

I also read the original link & some suggest to use plain flavour yogurt instead. Do you think it will work for the pastry?

Thanks.

lilyng said...

anonymous

i would suggest that you leave the yogurt on a piece of muslin or cheesecloth in the fridge - to drain away as much liquid as possible. i think it will work well.

Mary said...

Lily, these look just delicious. Your reader might also want to try a thick Greek yogurt which has much less liquid than regular.

Jennifer said...

Hi Lily,

This recipe looks easy to do. And apple turnover is my son's favorite. Will try it out one of these days.

Jennifer

J.C. said...

Just had Apple Turnovers baked by a friend using ready-made shortcrust pastry last Fri. And now I see the same item here.....I'm drooling and craving for Apple Turnover now. It's almost 11pm in M'sia now....time for supper?? Apple Turnover? Doubt the mamak stall here has this to offer.

Wish you a lovely weekend, Lily.

Ube said...

Their name really meant for them just the way they look very flaky. Procedure for rolling the dough sounds like a miniature version of puff pastry. Thanks for sharing this tried and true recipe.

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