Sweet as Pie Apple Turnovers

You know what they say, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”IMG_0603

CaptureWith Father’s Day this weekend I wanted to make my dad a special treat for brunch at our house and as soon as I found this recipe I knew I was on the right track.

My dad absolutely loves apple turnovers so I decided to surprise him with a homemade batch. As you can see, he was thrilled and so was the rest of my family.

After eating these I will never buy an apple turnover from a bakery again because these were seriously on a whole other level.

Instructions (Makes 8)

*Inspired by AllRecipes.com

2 tbsp lemon juice

4 cups water

5 granny smith apples (peeled, cored and sliced)

2 tbsp butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp water

1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tbsp milk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400

Combine the lemon and 4 cups water in a large bowl. Place the sliced apples in the water to keep them from browning.

Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Drain water from apples, and place them into the hot pan. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes. Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Pour into the pan, and mix well. Cook for another minute, or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat to cool slightly.

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Gently unfold puff pastry sheets. Trim each sheet into a square. Then cut each larger square into 4 smaller squares. Spoon apples onto the center of each squares.

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Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal. Place turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them. Use the back of a fork if you want to get a little fancy. Don’t worry about it being perfect.

apple3Bake for 25 minutes or until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned. Cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Adjust the thickness by adding more sugar or milk if necessary. Drizzle glaze over the cooled turnovers with a fork.

We served these to our guests right as they came out of the oven. Side note: The house smelled HEAVENLY! The pastry was light and flaky, the apples had just the right amount of sweetness and the icing made this breakfast treat taste like a dessert. It was hard to eat just one!

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In the future, I would probably fill the turnovers just a little bit less so that they didn’t open up but other than that this recipe was everything I wanted it to be and more.

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