Okay, so here’s the deal. I didn’t even know that I liked turnovers until today. And now I don’t just like them. I LOVE them. What’s not to love about flaky, buttery layers of puff pastry filled with a sweet and spiced cinnamon apple filling? Nothing, that’s what. Especially on a chilly fall morning. Can fall just stay forever? K, thanks.
Back to my aversion to turnovers. I guess what has always been unappealing about them is that they sounded fancy and complicated. While I’m not one to shy away from desserts or dishes that have a few extra steps, I’m not a huge fan of making pastry crusts of any kind. I’ll do it a couple times a year for holidays for pies but that’s about it. That brings me to my dirty little secret of the day: frozen puff pastry. The stuff is great! Homemade? No. Delicious? Yes.
I’m sure there are some serious bakers shaking their head at me right now but the ease of using the pre-made stuff makes up for the fact that it’s not-made-from-scratch. But who wants to roll out pastry dough on a Sunday morning? Not this girl.
I made these turnovers for breakfast this morning and I’m already planning the next time I can make them. Luckily, they are so easy to make I won’t hesitate when I get a turnover craving. The process is simply to cut a sheet of puff pastry into four squares, saute some diced apples in some spices, vanilla, and sugar, put the apple filling in the puff pastry, seal ‘em up, dust ‘em with cinnamon sugar, and pop ‘em in the oven! Easy as that.
I’m happy (maybe a little embarrassed?) to report that all four of them are gone. Between the two of us. Those darn flaky layers! They just get me every time.
- 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
- 2 small apples, peeled and diced
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Properly thaw puff pastry by letting sit at room temperature for 2 hours, or letting it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
- Once ready to make the turnovers, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan, combine apples, sugar, vanilla, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Cut puff pastry into 4 squares.
- Spoon apple mixture evenly among puff pastry squares, in the middle of the squares.
- Fold one corner over diagonally, to make a triangle.
- Using a fork, press edges together.
- Brush each triangle with egg.
- Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over each turnover.
- Cut a slit in each turnover for a steam vent.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
- Let cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy!