I was browsing at the bakery section of my local grocery store and I realized that I have never had a Turnover. This might come as a shock to most but it is not something that my family will ever consider buying when the other options include muffins, cupcakes, brownies and cakes. Same goes with me – it never crossed my mind to try a turnover. Of course, I decided to attempt making one at home. So the experiment began. I did some research and looked at tons of recipes for inspiration and whalaa I knew what I needed to make a turnover. The best thing about this recipe is that I had all the ingredients in my pantry. It is that simple to make.
The fruits that I had a lot of that day were apples and oranges which is why I decided to make Apple Turnovers with an Orange Zest Glaze. I love both flavors and what could be better than combining both together into a soft and fluffy puff pastry. Wouldn’t you agree?
My family always uses puff pastry but not once have they used it to make dessert. Usually it is used for savory reasons. So as you can guess a shock of delight came on my parents face when they tried these Apple Turnovers. This quick and easy crowd pleaser definitely got my family’s approval. I am sure you will love it just as much! Give it a try and please share your creations by using hashtag #figsontop
Preheat the oven to 400º F. Peel, core and dice the apples into small chunks. In a medium sized pan, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch and the brown sugar together. Then add the apples, orange juice and butter and cook on medium heat. Cook the apple mixture until the apples become tender and a caramelish glaze is formed around the apples. Once ready, let it cool down while the puff pastries are thawing.
Remove the puff pastries from the freezer and let thaw while the apple mixture is cooling. In the meantime, place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spray with oil. When both are ready, fill the middle of the puff pastry with the apple mixture and bring half of the pastry over, making a triangle, and press the edges with your fingers to close. Place on the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with the rest of the puff pastries.
To make sure all the edges are tightly closed, use a fork to press down on the edges again before placing the cookie sheet in the oven. When ready bake for about 15 minutes until the top of the puff pastry turns golden. Then remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool down.
To make the orange glaze, simply combine the milk, powdered sugar and the orange zest in a small bowl and whisk until completely blended together. To attain a thicker consistency, use less milk and/or for a looser consistency use more milk. Pour over the cooled turnovers and serve.