Apple turnovers

Photographs by Bob Rozycki

An apple a day…

Well, November is here and what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with hot apple turnovers.  These will take the chill out of the air and warm your palate. They are simple and so delicious. Once you’ve made homemade turnovers, you will never again buy them in a store.


  •   1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  •   3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  •   ½ teaspoon honey
  •   1 ¼ pounds of Granny Smith Apples plus 1 sweet red apple
  •   3 tablespoons dried cherries
  •   3 tablespoons sugar (extra to sprinkle on top)
  •   1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  •   ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •   1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •   1 package frozen puff pastry  (l7.3 ounces – 2 sheets) defrosted
  •   1 egg beaten plus 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)
  •   Pinch of salt and pepper


  •  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix orange zest and orange juice in a bowl. Peel, quarter and core the apples and cut them into ¾-inch slices. Toss the apples with zest and orange juice immediately to prevent apples from turning brown. Add cherries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, salt and pepper.
  • Flour a board and roll out each sheet of puff pastry into 12 by 12-inch squares.
  • Cut each square into 4 smaller squares and keep chilled until ready to bake.
  • Brush the edges of each square with egg wash and place about 1/3 cup of apple mixture in the center, folding the square into a triangle and sealing the sides by pressing the edges with a fork.
  • Transfer to a parchment-lined sheet pan and brush the top with egg wash, sprinkle with pinch of sugar and make 2 slits on the top of turnover.
  • Bake 20 minutes until golden brown and puffed.
  • Serve immediately. You can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or confectioners sugar.
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