Touchdown!

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without gifts to yourself and this year Chris skipped that cookie downing middle man, Old Saint Nick, entirely and treated himself to an amazing new Canon EOS 40D camera. Obviously I thoroughly benefit from this gift as well. Since picking up the camera a week ago we’ve shot practically everything in the house and have now moved on to food.

I had several packages of puff pastry in the freezer left over from the holiday party that I mistakenly purchased to make Spanakopita. What can I say…I had a lot of recipes on my mind that day. So after searching around online for a bit I decided that Ina Garten’s Apple Turnovers were the way to go. Ina is smart and fabulous (or her assistants are smart and fabulous) and someone came up the idea to use orange juice and orange zest in the turnover filling instead of lemon. It’s scrumptious! Also, I’m completely fascinated by puff pastry. I kept turning on the  light and crouching down to peak at it bubbling and growing in the oven. I tend to regress quite dramatically during the holidays, due to all of the stress and sugar, so this probably means that your 5 year old will love watching the baking process too.

These spiced apple treats will actually receive double billing today as I plan to serve them to my guests this evening for dessert, heated and topped with rich vanilla ice cream. I figured it would be appropriate since they’re all coming over to watch the Pats and Giants game. Let’s hope the Pats don’t get too many “turnovers” tonight or everyone is going to be very very sad.

Zest
Zest
Freshly Squeezed
Freshly Squeezed
Peel
Peel
Dice
Dice
Measure
Measure
Toss
Toss
Lightly Flour
Lightly Flour
Slice
Slice
Fill
Fill
Fold and Seal
Fold and Seal
Brush
Brush
Sprinkle
Sprinkle
Vent
Vent
Touchdown!
Touchdown!

Apple Turnovers (originally published by Ina Garten)

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 (Note: I used dried cranberries)
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 (or cranberries), 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.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kat December 29, 2007 at 1:44 pm

this looks fairly simple enough that i could pull it off! why do you have to use kosher salt and not regular salt?

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2 Erin December 29, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Kat,

Regarding the salt, it doesn’t really matter what type you use. A lot of cooks and chefs tend to use Kosher salt though. I do too since I freshly grind both my salt and pepper, but honestly, in my opinion that’s just a little “snobby” Ina Garten addition. The salt is simply added to bring out the other flavors so feel free to toss in a little Morton’s table salt and call it a day :)

One last thing though…since Kosher salt has larger grains you would use 1/3 less salt if you replace it with table salt.

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3 Jerry December 30, 2007 at 4:31 pm

One of the reasons why chefs use kosher salt is it doesn’t have the same levels of additives as regular table salt. It is also easier to control the quantities than with table salt.

Wonderful looking turnovers.

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4 Jorr October 3, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Awesome

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5 Laura Zielke October 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Thanks for the apple turnover recipe. I saw her make them on the show, but the recipe was not on her site. You rock! Love the photos, too :)

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