Hi Everyone! Even though we are still experiencing a nasty heat wave with hot and humid weather here in Maryland, I’m determined to ignore it and continue on with my fall-inspired baking, hoping that fall will get the message and arrive already! Pastries are one of my absolute favorite things, whether they are fruit filled turnovers, buttery croissants or generously glazed danishes. And if you don’t have the time to stop at the bakery to pick some up or just want to have some homemade ones, these Mini Apple Turnovers are a great choice! They are so easy to make because of the puff pastry shortcut and only take about 30 minutes from start to finish! You could of course make these the standard size, but these little mini turnovers are the perfect little size for a snack or little sweet treat!
MINI APPLE TURNOVERS
YOU WILL NEED
1 sheet puff pastry
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 – 2 tbs granulated sugar plus extra for sprinkling
(Or use canned apple pie filling for a shortcut)
1. First thaw out your puff pastry (you will need one sheet). Peel and core the apples, then chop them into small pieces. Add them to a small pot, then add in the water, ground cinnamon, lemon juice and sugar (adjust the sugar/lemon juice/cinnamon seasoning to your taste). Let the mixture simmer for a couple of minutes, until the apples have softened (you may need to add more water while they cook if it cooks out). Once the apples have softened and let out some liquid, add in the cornstarch and stir for a couple of seconds, until the “sauce” has thickened. Pour the mixture into a small bowl, and set aside and let cool. (If you want to skip this whole process, just use canned apple pie filling instead).
2. Preheat your oven to 400 deg F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. On a floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into a 12×12 inch square, then cut it into 9 equal squares (4 inches in size each). Prepare your egg wash by whisking together 1 egg with 1 tbs of water. Spoon 1 tbs of your apple filling in the middle of each puff pastry square, brush the sides with some of the egg wash, fold the sides over to make a triangle and secure them using a fork. Brush the tops with more of the egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Let sit for 5 minutes before eating.
Happy Baking, Everyone!