Friday, December 13, 2013

ChezCindy: Easy Apple Turnovers

Impress friends and family with these easy apple turnovers. 
The apple filling in these turnovers is lightly sweetened, but then heightened with a generous sprinkling of powder sugar.  Store-bought frozen puff pastry is used for convenience.  You can also use store-bought applesauce, but cooking down a few apples with a bit of sugar is quick and easy too.  If you use store-bought applesauce, be sure to buy a low sugar brand with a chunky texture. 
Easy Apple Turnovers
2 pounds Golden Delicious apples
1/4 cup water
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 package frozen puff pastry (such as Pepperidge Farms) thawed
1 egg
flour for dusting while rolling out the pastry dough
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Peel, core and cut the apples into roughly 1-inch pieces.  Place the apples in a medium sauce pan.  Add the water, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.  Lower the heat; cover, simmer until the apples are very tender, about 15 minutes.  Remove from heat; gently mash until the apples are a soft chunky consistency. Cool completely.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Working with the now thawed puff pastry dough, dust your surface with flour for rolling out 1 sheet of the puff pastry dough.  Roll out until the sheet measures 12 x 12 inches.  Cut into nine 4-inch squares.  Place 1 tablespoon of apple filling into the center of each square.  In a small bowl, beat the egg mixed with 1 teaspoon of water, to make an "egg wash".  Lightly brush the edges of each square.  Fold each square over the filling, on a diagonal, to form a triangle.  Press and pinch the pastry edges to seal tightly.  Place the pastry triangles onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Brush the tops of each triangle with the egg wash.  Using a sharp knife, cut 1-2 slits into the top of each triangle - this will allow steam to escape while baking.  Sprinkle the tops with sugar.  Refrigerate this tray while you repeat the assembly process with the second sheet of puff pastry. 
Bake the turnovers for 18-20 minutes, rotating the trays half way through the baking time for even baking.  Turnovers will be puffed and golden brown.  Remove from the oven.  Allow to slightly cool.  Dust generously with powdered sugar.  Serve warm or room temperature.

Store the remaining apple filling in the refrigerator for another use.  

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