Hello Foodies! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I apologize for the delay in blogging. The last few weeks have been very busy and I got behind. Between my full time day job, the family, house guests and preparing for the holidays, carving out time to do what I love (THIS blog!) just wasn’t possible, but I’m back and I’ve got a fantastic recipe to share with you today for Braided Apple Turnovers.
It’s apple picking season and apples in all varieties are abundantly available. Apple turnovers remind me of my childhood. My father used to occasionally buy the Pepperidge Farm Apple Turnovers in the freezer section at the grocery store. They were one of my favorite sweet treats. The flaky pastry combined with the tart apples is the epitome of comfort food. He would heat them up after dinner and we’d snuggle up and enjoy them with a movie. I have some great memories centered around food!
Although the pre-made turnovers are delicious, why buy store bought when you can make them yourself? This recipe for apple turnovers is super easy to follow, uses few ingredients and can be made in less than an hour.
Begin by peeling and slicing the apples and adding them to a small saucepan with sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. A little lemon juice will prevent them from turning brown.
As far as the apples go, you can use whatever variety is your favorite. Personally, I like to use Granny Smith apples when I make apple turnovers. They are tart and cut down on the sweetness of the pastries. As they cook in the pan, they release their juices and provide plenty of liquid to cook and soften in. It takes a lot of willpower not to dive into that pan with a fork!
Meanwhile, take your thawed puff pastry and lay it out on a lightly floured cutting board. I think the puff pastry from Pepperidge Farm is absolutely great for baking turnovers. It’s light and super flaky. Roll it out to your desired thickness. I get two turnovers out of each sheet of puff pastry. The turnovers are large, so they will each serve two people, but they need to be large in order to have enough dough to braid. Just cut each sheet in half and then on 1/3 of each end, cut diagonal slits.
The cuts do not have to be perfect and don’t worry about measuring. Just have fun!
Next, add the apple filling and braid the dough over the apple filling. Brush with egg wash and then top with cinnamon sugar.
The puff pastry if pretty forgiving, so don’t worry about being too precise. And if some of the filling spills out, no big deal. I use parchment paper when baking with puff pasty, so clean-up is super easy! Trader Joe’s carries cinnamon sugar in a grinder and it’s great for making cinnamon toast, and is also a great topping for apple turnovers! You can make a glaze if you like, but I find the cinnamon sugar provides the perfect amount of sweetness without making them overly sweet.
Finally, bake in the oven for about 20 minutes and top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. They are best served warm and you can add raisins or nuts for a little extra texture. These are great for serving when guests come over, or for a snow day. You can certainly make apple turnovers without braiding the dough, but I think the presentation of the braiding is impressive and it really takes very little effort.
I hope you will give this recipe a try and come on back and leave me a comment and let me know how you like them and snap a photo and share on Social Media using the hashtag #ketchumkitchen. It’s so much fun for me to see photos of my recipes online.
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