Apple Turnovers

naturally sweetened apple turnover with homemade puff pastry

 Pete Scherer

  • Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Rest Time: 24 hrs
  • Yield: 8 pastries (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
251 Calories
15g Fat
29g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 pastries (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 251
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 201mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 1g
Calcium 42mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Apple turnovers are an all-American favorite—who doesn't love the combination of gooey filling enclosed in delicate, buttery pastry?

Many people find homemade puff pastry to be an intimidating project, but it's likely easier than you think. Plugra is the best butter to use, due to its exceptional pliability, but any high-quality European-style butter, as we use here, will do the trick. Because the texture of the butter is so important, the main challenge for the home baker can be keeping the dough in the proper temperature zone. Too warm and the layers of butter will melt and the dough can tear. Too cold and the butter may not be pliable enough to roll properly, especially early in the process. Using the right amount of flour for dusting is also important. Too much will excessively dry the dough, while too little will allow it to stick to the work surface or the rolling pin. The baker must find a balance. Once you do, the process becomes relatively easy, if somewhat labor intensive. The results are worth it. Store-bought frozen puff pastry generally isn’t made with butter and just doesn’t yield the same flavor.

If you’re not up for the full scratch process, just grab some frozen puff pastry and try this filling with it. It's sweetened only with dates, so it’s a somewhat less guilty indulgence.

Our favorite kind of apples to use is red delicious. Raw, of course, their texture isn't always great, but when cooked, we think they’re just divine.


  • For the Puff Pastry:
  • 150 grams bread flour
  • 70 grams water
  • 15 grams butter, softened
  • 3 grams salt
  • 2 grams powdered malt extract
  • 2 grams lemon juice
  • 1 stick/4 ounces butter
  • For the Apple Filling:
  • 2 large apples
  • 6 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (for topping)
  • For the Egg Wash:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine all the puff pastry ingredients with the exception of the stick of butter. Mix to form a smooth dough.

  3. Form the dough into a flat square about a 1/2-inch thick. An easy way to do this is to push the dough into the bottom of a shallow square Tupperware-type container that measures approximately 6 x 6 x 2 inches. Put the lid on the container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare the butter for lamination. Place the whole stick of butter between two sheets of parchment paper and, using a rolling pin, pound the butter into a flat square about 1/4-inch thick. Refrigerate the butter block (now called the beurrage) until the dough is ready.

  5. When the dough has rested for 30 minutes, remove it from the refrigerator to a smooth, lightly-floured work surface. Roll the dough out so that it's slightly wider than the flattened beurrage and about twice as long. Place the beurrage on one end of the dough and fold the other end over it so that the butter is fully enclosed between two layers of dough. Gently pinch the edges closed.

  6. Roll the dough and butter (now known as the pâton) to a 1/4-inch thick rectangle with roughly the same dimensions as the dough prior to enclosing the butter. Fold this rectangle into thirds, like a business letter, very lightly moistening the folding surfaces with water to help them adhere to one another. In pastry lingo, this type of fold is known as a “single fold.”

  7. Repeat this process a total of 5 times, refrigerating for at least 30 minutes between each single fold. The dough must relax in order to be workable and the layers of butter must not become too warm.

  8. Between folds, prepare the apple filling. Peel and core the apples. Dice the fruit to 1/4-inch pieces and add to a medium saucepan. Add the dates, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice.

  9. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add the resulting slurry to the saucepan. Put the saucepan on the stove over a medium-low flame. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes. The apples should become tender but not soft. Remove from heat. Place filling in a covered container and refrigerate.

  10. The next day, preheat oven to 360 F.

    Roll the puff pastry dough into a rectangle roughly 10 x 20-inches wide and 1/8-inch thick. Using a pastry wheel or a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 squares approximately 5 x 5 inches each.

  11. Place the squares onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. Place a spoonful of apple filling into the middle of each square, brush the edges very lightly with water, and fold each square in half to form a triangle, enclosing the apple filling. Crimp the edges with a fork.

  12. Prepare the egg wash. In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk with just enough water to thin to the consistency of cream. Brush the pastries with a thin coating of wash.

  13. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to relax the dough before baking; this will prevent the turnovers from shrinking in the oven. After 30 minutes, brush lightly with egg wash again, cut a small vent in the top of each turnover, and sprinkle with the granulated sugar, if desired.

  14. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Cool on the sheet pan and serve.

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