Thursday, 12 January 2012
Easy peasy apple turnovers
I don't know about you, but I love a good apple pastry or pie. There is just something about sweet apples wrapped in a fresh baked pastry that I find so comforting.
Even though I have been trying to watch my diet (especially after the festive feasting) and cut out as much gluten as I can, over the weekend I had such a craving for an apple pastry that I decided to make a few. They came out rather well for my first try, so I thought I'd share the super simple recipe that I used...
What you will need:
- 1 can of unsweetened pie apples OR 2-3 medium apples, peeled & chopped (I ended up using canned apples this time and they worked out really well)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (add a bit more if you like your apples more spiced)
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
- 1 roll of frozen puff pastry, thawed ( I used Today brand puff pastry)
- a little butter
- a tiny bit of milk
- 1 egg
- icing sugar
- If you are using canned apples: 2-3 tablespoons water OR if you are using real apples: 1 teaspoon of corn starch dissolved in 3 tablespoons water (to thicken apple filling if you want or need to)
What to do:
1. Sauté the apples with a blob of butter for a few minutes on a medium-high heat. Then add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, water (or corn starch) and sauté for a bit longer
2. Preheat oven to 200 C (400F)
3. Unroll the thawed puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface and cut into squares.
4. After the apple filling has cooled, spoon a little filling into the center of each square. Then fold the edges over to either make triangles or rectangle shapes and seal all open edges by pushing down firmly.
5. Place the turnovers on a baking paper lined baking sheet.
6. Mix an egg and a little milk together in a bowl and lightly brush the mixture over the top of each turnover.
7. Now bake turnovers for about 20 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown.
8. Make a thick icing paste (aka glacé icing) using water/milk, butter and icing sugar.
9. Once apple turnovers have cooled, ice each turnover and allow icing to harden.
10. Eat and enjoy as soon as possible, preferably with a cappuccino or a cup of tea :)
This recipe makes: 6 well sized apple turnovers Total time: About 45 minutes
A note: All the above photos are of my apple turnovers (taken by The Boyf & I )