Two convenience items—apple butter and frozen puff pastry— make bakery-quality turnovers a breeze to whip up at home.
Why This Recipe Works
When done right, an apple turnover is equally as good with a warm cup of coffee and your morning newspaper as it is alongside a scoop of ice cream for dessert. These handheld pastries have a ton of appeal—puff pastry dough folded over sweet apple filling and baked until golden brown, flaky, and crisp. We wanted a turnover that was as easy to make as it was to eat. To avoid the work associated with making puff pastry from scratch, we relied on a good-quality frozen store-bought dough, which we thawed before using. A quick filling, made of savory apple butter and freshly grated apples, gave our turnovers complex apple flavor. Draining excess moisture from the filling reduced the threat of leakage, and dolloping the filling right onto raw dough squares allowed us to get these turnovers ready in just under an hour. Chilling the assembled turnovers in the freezer for about 20 minutes before baking them guaranteed that the pastries rose high.