Apple Turnovers

Total Time:
40 min
20 min
20 min

8 servings

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/4 pounds tart apples, such as Empire or Granny Smith (3 apples)
  • 3 tablespoons dried cherries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, plus extra to sprinkle on top
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces, 2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine the orange zest and orange juice in a bowl. Peel, quarter, and core the apples and then cut them in 3/4-inch dice. Immediately toss the apples with the zest and juice to prevent them from turning brown. Add the cherries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Flour a board and lightly roll each sheet of puff pastry to a 12 by 12-inch square. Cut each sheet into 4 smaller squares and keep chilled until ready to use.

Brush the edges of each square with the egg wash and neatly place about 1/3 cup of the apple mixture on half of the square. Fold the pastry diagonally over the apple mixture and seal by pressing the edges with a fork. Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Brush the top with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, make 2 small slits, and bake for 20 minutes, until browned and puffed. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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    I love this recipe! I don't use the cherries though because I don't like cherries, but it still tastes yummy.
    Delicious and easy. Left out cherries and added a lot more cinnamon and a little more sugar.
    Loved the turnovers! Easy to make, I will make them again
    I gave this 5 stars because Ina usually makes wonderful things, but I changed it so much that it's almost a different recipe. It's strawberry time here, so I used them and also a layer of mascarpone for the filling, hoping to approximate strawberries and cream; they were delicious!
    What a wonderful treat. It's hard to believe that something that easy and humble looking can come out of the oven so crispy, golden, and delicious. I easily halved the recipe the first time through, and am glad I did -- because I can't wait to use the other half of the puff pastry to make another batch for company. My only change would be to use sparkling sugar on the tops for a bit of posh. Thanks Ina. This is a definite keeper.
    Loved the turnovers! Will make them again
    Wow! This recipe is amazing. I would def recommend adding extra sugar to the apple mixture because it is a little bland for my taste. Yum!! Will make again!
    Easy to make and so good. After reading all the reviews, I bought two boxes of the pastry puff and ended up making 16 turnovers. I didn't have any dried cherries so I used raisins. I also sprinkled cinnamon sugar over the egg wash and then drizzled caramel sauce over the top before serving. My two boys to include my husband loved them. I'll definitely make these again.
    Quick, easy and a tasty use of all those backyard apples. I had a basket of apples that had to be used pronto and I didn't have the time or energy to make my standard apple pie. SO, I tried these on the fly this morning instead and they were a big hit. Will make again.
    just perfect....i realized that this recipe will make extra filling so used less apples.i served them warm with a home made vanilla whipped cream...yummm
    These were pretty good. I followed everything exactly. I had a lot of leftover filling so next time I will only use 2 apples. Also, I would make an icing to drizzle over the top to cut some of the tartness of the apples and cherries. In the future I will also try raisins and craisins to see if it is just as good.
    These were awesome!! Took some in to the office and they were devoured in no time!
    Tried this for the first timeSat. everyone thought they were out of sight. Thanks Ina
    these aree so delicious! i made them for a dinner with friends and there were no leftovers!! I made some cream cheese icing and put it over the top and they were delicious! I did skip the orange juice and I added more sugar, but the rest of the recipe I followed closely! Wonderful!
    Bland and the pastry was tough. Also, pastry absorbed the moisture from the filling.
    it was okay, nothing special... not Ina standards if u ask me :)
    I love you barefoot! I watch you almost everyday at five, it really can't be helped. I don't like apples, so I used strawberries, dried cranberries, and some blueberries instead. The recipe still came out great and tasted even better straight out of the oven. Thank you barefoot <3~
    Very tasty, not too sweet. This recipe also allows for alterations. Great!!!
    I loved watching Ina make this recipe. It was even easier to make it myself, it came out so beautiful and flavorful. It reminded me of how much I just love to bake.


    Thank you so much for this recipe

    Well, I was anxious to try this recipe and didn't have any apples. But, I did have 3 over ripe Bosc pairs so I tried it using those and dried cranberries (not the sweetened craisens though) Added a little extra sugar, as other reviewers suggested, and they came out fabulous! This really is a great/easy recipe and I think it can be adapted to other fruits.....I highly recommend the pear and dried cranberry version, although will definitely try the apple version because I love everything apple. Thank you Ina for another wonderful recipe!
    Yummy! After reading reviews, I added a bit more sugar than the recipe called for, but it still could have used a touch more. I think I will also add add a bit more cinnamon. Overall, though - very good!
    These were delicious, but I took the advice of others and added a bit more sugar and I think it still could have used a little more. I have decided on the next batch to spread the square with Smuckers Apple Cinnamon Preserves before adding the filling to give it a little more bubbly flavorful filling. A keeper for sure!
    Was good and looked beautiful. I took other's advice and made apple chunks smaller. I'd add more sugar next time or add a giant scoop of ice cream on the serving plate. Ice cream is a great fixer :-
    This was so easy! I'll experiment more with this and make it great.
    I replaced the dried cherries with raisins, and followed the remainder of the recipe exactly. It turned out wonderful. I am so impressed with this recipe, because it's homemade, and just made easier by the puffed pastry. It almost seems like I'm cheating, because it's so easy! Will make a cherry filling next time!
    Outstanding and so easy to prepare. I've made this many, many times, and have used multiple fillings, in addition to Ina's original apple and cherry recipe. Perfection everytime. I also dress them up a little with a nice icing drizzled across the top.  
    The orange was a little overpowering for my taste. The apples could definitely have been diced smaller to better stuff the pastry with more filing.
    very easy to make, although next time i think i will omit dried cherries AND add a little more sugar. the results were beautiful--baked exactly 20 minutes--perfect! served them with purchased (sigh)caramel sauce for extra sweetening. i couldn't get the puff pastry dough to stretch to 12 x 12, so my square was 11 x 11, but it seemed to work just as well.
    Made these for the 2nd time to serve to company. Set them up early in the day , set up on pan covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated. While we were eating dinner I just pulled out the tray and baked off while we were having dinner. HUGE hit. Definitely a keeper
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