Easy Apple, Honey and Cinnamon Turnovers
- 5 firm red apples washed
- 1/2 lime juice
- 2 tablespoons golden honey
- 1 tablespoon gold raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- 1kg ready to use or thawed puff pastry available at some local Irani cafes for pre-order
- 1 egg whisked (optional)
- extra maida or all purpose flour for dusting
- 1 tablespoon toasted and skinned walnuts (optional)
This homey and rustic dessert is delicious and simple to make. Its called a turn over because the pastry square is turned over the filling and sealed before baking. Buy butter free or lard free puff pastry if you are vegan. Whats available at local Irani cafes is often made with margarine or vegetable fat but do double check. You can also substitute the raisins and honey with lots of chopped dates and pecans. The recipe will give you 16 generous sized turnovers. You can also make them much smaller, bite sized even.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine honey, cinnamon and lime juice. Peel and slice apples into 1/4 inch cubes. Toss with lime juice, cinnamon honey, walnuts and raisins. Cover.
Flour a clean flat surface. Cut puff pastry into 4 equal pieces. Keep 3 pieces covered with clean damp cloth.
Roll out the fourth piece into a square about 1/4 inch thick. Using a knife or pastry wheel or cutter cut into 4 equal squares. You will fold this into a triangle after filling it so ensure that the squares come off the floured surface easily before you fill them. Use a very flat spatula to loosen them by sliding the spatula under each square.
Place 2 tablespoons of the apple mixture in the center of one half of the square and spread inwards. Hold the empty corner of the square and turn it over to form a triangle and cover the apple mixture- a bot like making Baklava or a phyllo dough samosa. Use a fork to press down the sides and seal them. Prick the top of the turnovers a couple of times with a fork to allow air flow.
Repeat with remaining squares and then again with the three portions of dough.
Brush each apple turnover with egg wash if desired. If vegan skip this step.
Place on a non stick baking tray and baking in the center of the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. When the tray goes in reduce temperature to 350F.
Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.
Serve at room temperature or warm with vanilla ice cream.