flaky apple turnovers

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I have officially relinquished my annual Fight Against Fall. Usually I’m very stubborn about waiting until October before I want to think about apples, pumpkin, or candy corn. But, eh. It got cold early this year, and we’re going to be really busy in October, so I figured I’d better soak up this time while I can.

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So bring on the apples! These turnovers are interesting because the dough has a bit of puff pastry-ness to it. It’s made kind of like pie crust, with butter cut into flour, but then instead of stirring in ice water, it’s hydrated with sweetened sour cream. Yum! If I wasn’t severely trying to curb my dough-eating, there might have been a problem. A there’s-not-enough-pastry-left-for-the-apples problem.

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The dough only has one turn (roll it out and fold into thirds like a piece of paper going into an envelope), but it has to be chilled before and after. Then it’s rolled out again and filled with a simple mixture of apples, cinnamon, sugar, and flour.

I will admit that I was starving when I ate this, but oooh, so delicious. The filling is a no-brainer; it’s just apple pie filling. But you know how sometimes you’ll be eating a turnover, and the corner bites are disappointing because there’s no fruit there? That isn’t an issue with these, because the crust is so darn good! And, as an added bonus, I got the best whiff of apples and spices while these were baking, and we had football on, and I don’t care how green the trees still are, it’s definitely fall for me.

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Julie chose this recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie, and she has it posted.  I skipped the butter in the filling.  I baked some of the turnovers immediately, and froze the rest and baked them a few days later, with absolutely no negative effects.  The second time, I brushed the turnovers with milk instead of egg, which worked very well.

One year ago: Chocolate Chunkers

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  1. Those look delicious! makes me glad I have the dough in the fridge so I can make them when I get home!

  2. Ils sont parfaits 🙂 la photo est très belle aussi !

  3. Beautiful! Those look outstanding!!!!!!!!!

  4. Wow, your turnovers look amazing and your photos are gorgeous!! Your dough looks like it was perfect!!! Yum!

  5. Oh my god these look amazing! I ate Apple Strudels the other day that were from the freezer section at Trader Joe’s and they were pretty good but now I’m inspired to make my own 🙂

  6. This dough was so amazing I even made my non-dough-loving friends try it! Yours look so perfect!

  7. Those look fantastic! Perfect for breakfast. A peach-ginger filling would stretch out summer a little bit longer….

  8. Wow, your food always looks so incredible, like angels made it. That is the most perfect looking turnover I can imagine, so crackly and golden.

  9. I love how yours came out! Thanks for sharing how freezing them before baking worked out well. I’ll have to remember that when I make these again with other types of filling!

  10. These look delicious–will make them soon! Your blog provides me with inspiration. Thank you.

  11. I absolutely love fall – the sooner I can start thinking about apples and pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, the happier I am! Love the turnovers – yours are so perfectly shaped!

  12. Wasn’t this a great fall kickoff? I’m glad you caved!

  13. These look great!

  14. I had to wrestle quite a bit with the dough, but looking at your picture I think if I make them another time I will definitely make the turnovers bigger and the apple chunks smaller!

  15. Oh wow, your turnovers are gorgeous! I had a lot of trouble with the dough but will all the raves I’m reading I might need to try these again.

  16. They look great!
    As for not accepting fall, I am still one of those people. I refuse to bake anything that’s close to pumpkin before October strikes. Afterwards, I would regret the fresh fruits!

  17. so nice and triangular!! a perfect treat for the start of football season!

  18. Jules says:

    Those look really really yummy. Glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for baking with me.

  19. They turned out beautiful. I’ll have to make them. I bookmarked the recipe. Thanks so much.

  20. Oh I love turnovers: these look irresistible! Gorgeous photos 😀

  21. Yum! I’m going to try my hand at apple turnovers soon and I’m so excited for it!

  22. Those look wonderful. Nice and flaky and sugary. Great job.

  23. hm, i’ve never brushed pastry dough with milk before. sounds intriguing 🙂

    beautiful turnovers!

  24. OMG yours look delicious!!! I wish I had one of these!