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Almost Like Grandma's Apple Turnovers

Servings: Makes 6 turnovers
Light and buttery puff pastry makes these turnovers a delectable treat. Although your grandmother probably would have made her own puff pastry from scratch, here you use store-bought ready-made frozen puff pastry sheets which makes the whole process much easier and quicker for today's home baker. The turnovers taste just as good as you remember your grandmother's and take much less time to prepare. Pre-cooking the apples and spices caramelizes the filling, adding great flavor. This technique also works well for pears. Note that the apple filling can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator until you assemble the turnovers.

3 medium size tart apples (such as Granny Smith or Fuji), peeled, cored and sliced 1/8-inch thick
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick/2 oz./56g) unsalted butter
1/4 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1/4 cup raisins, currants or dried cranberries, (optional)
1 sheet puff pastry, 10 x 15 inches
1 egg, lightly beaten

Toss the apple slices with the lemon juice and place them in a large skillet. Add the sugar, spices, salt and butter and cook over medium-high heat until the apples begin to soften, but still hold their shape, about 5 minutes. Add the cream and raisins and cook until the sauce thickens and the apples are soft and glazed with caramel, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and cool completely.

Cut the puff pastry into 6 (5 x 5-inch) squares. Divide the filling among the pastry squares, placing the apples on the bottom corner of each piece of dough. Leave a 1/2-inch border of pastry uncovered. Brush the edge of the dough on all four sides of the pastry squares with some of the beaten egg. Fold the dough over the filling to make a triangle-shaped packet. Press the edges of the pastry together with the tines of a fork. Cut two small slits in the top of each turnover. Brush lightly with egg and sprinkle with sugar. Place the turnovers on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and transfer to the freezer for 15 minutes.

While the turnovers are chilling, position a rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat to 400 degrees F/200 degrees C.

Transfer the chilled turnovers to the hot oven. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes.

Makes 6 turnovers.

Date: August 19, 2006