This recipe is a bit time consuming but not really difficult, but it is so worth it because it tastes just like the fried apple pies that my grandmother (Nettie McLean Fields) used to make. I just imagine that since she used canned biscuit dough, dried apples, and an electric skillet, that her’s were, somehow, easier. But maybe that’s my imagination talking. I did add up the times to get a sense of how to have it ready for dessert for Christmas Eve – here’s what I have: 10-15 minutes to sauté apples, but get the puff pastry out about 30 minutes before to thaw. Then 10 more mins in the freezer and another rest of 30 minutes in the fridge. And then another 15 – 20 to bake, so … um, guess this involves math now – not my strong suit. But here goes: Get going about 90 minutes ahead of when you want to serve.
Might, next time, sprinkle some some kind of sugar on the top for a little bit of crunch. That could be good, since it’s not overly sweet to begin with (hate ending a sentence like that) (or like that – ugh.) Please see notes below.
- 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 x 1″ slices
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbs packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- dash freshly grated nutmeg (must be freshly grated – really!)
- 2 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tbs whole milk
- 1 package (14 – 16 ozs) frozen puff pastry, thawed
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter in a large saucepan and stir to combine and coat apples. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Set a fine mesh sieve over a small bowl and pour in apple mixture Let apples cool to room temperature and reserve juice in the bowl.
When apple ply mixture has cooled, whisk together the egg and milk in small bowl until the egg is broken up, set aside. Spread a sheet of puff pastry on lightly floured surface. Dust pastry lightly with flour and using a rolling pin, roll into 12 inch square. Using a sharp paring knife, trim the uneven edges and cut dough into four equal squares. Transfer the squares to the baking sheet and place in freezer until firm, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Using a pastry brush, lightly brush a 1 inch border on the edges of the dough with egg wash. Reserve egg wash. Spoon 1/4 of apple mixture in middle of each square and fold dough in half to form a triangle. Seal the edges with the tines of a fork. Cut a few slits in the top of each pastry with the tip of a paring knife. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm 15 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 425 degrees and arrange rack in the middle.
Remove the turnovers from the refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. Brush the top of each turnover with the egg wash. Bake until golden brown and flaky, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool slightly. Serve warm, drizzled with reserve juice.
Thank you – Chow.com for bringing back a memory.
24 Dec 2014
Notes: Well, this recipe says it’s for a package of puff pastry, but for four turnovers, it’s only one sheet of pastry. Pretty easy to double for eight, but it’s not accurate on that point.