Jim requested that I make these and to be honest I was a little intimidated when he told me what he wanted. Apple turnovers sound hard and time consuming. I hoped on the Internet and started to do some research. After looking at a few recipes I started to realize that these wouldn't be hard at all. The key is the puff pastry, now you can make you own but the dough is super temperamental and is hard to work with so I opted to buy the pre-made kind. Here's what else you'll need....
- ONE PACKAGE OF FROZEN FILO DOUGH
- 4 APPLES OF YOUR CHOICE (I LIKE GRANNY SMITH)
- 1C BROWN SUGAR
- CINNAMON TO YOUR LIKING
- 1 TBSP CORN STARCH
- 1 TBSP WATER
- 1 EGG
- 2 TBSP BUTTER
- SUGAR IN THE RAW (OR ANY KIND OF LARGER GRANULATED SUGAR)
Pre-heat oven to 400F degrees
Start off by peeling your apples and slicing them into small cubes. As you slice them you can put them in a bowl of cool water with a little lemon juice so they don't turn brown. Once all four of your apples are cut, grab a skillet and put on Medium heat. Melt the butter in the pan and add the apples (make sure apples are not super wet if you did the water bath), add your Cinnamon to your liking and let cook for 2 minutes.
Next add in your brown sugar. In a small bowl mix the corn starch and water together. Add the cornstarch mixture to your apples and mix well. This will make the liquid in the pan thicker and more of a sauce. Cook this mixture for another 2 minutes and then set aside.
Grab your Filo dough and take out one of the sheets, lay it out flat and cut into 4 equal squares. I strongly recommend that you keep the other sheet of filo in the fridge until you are ready to use. If it sits out and warms up, it becomes this sticky, gooey mess and it's super hard to work with.
Now your ready for apples! Grab a spoon with slats in it, so the liquid can drain out. Spoon in the apples to the middle of each square of dough. Fold the dough over itself on the diagonal to create a triangle. Make sure that you seal the ends by pressing down on the edges with your fingers or a fork. (I did both to make sure that I sealed them all the way). Take out your other sheet of dough and repeat these steps. You will have 8 turnovers all together.
In a small bowl or cup crack your egg, but only put the white of the egg in bowl. add a small amount of water to your egg whites and mix. You just made an egg wash! Brush the egg mixtures onto the tops of your turnovers. Finally Generously sprinkle your raw sugar on top of the pastries.
Bake at 400f degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and then enjoy.
Let me tell you, these bad boys are impressive. Our friends couldn't believe that I had made these. I am still getting compliments on how good they were. If you can spare a half hour of your day to making these, you will be the talk of the town! I also made a batch for Jim and I and stuck them in the freezer and we just grab 2 in the morning and put them in the toaster oven for a minutes and they are super good!
Have a great day! See you tomorrow!