Turnover is a type of pastry stuffed with filling which is either sweet like fruits and savoury like meats and vegetables. This treats are considered to be a type of a portable pie which existed during the ancient times. Though turnovers had existed for a long time apple turnovers is quite a newer invention and the first evidence of a recipe similar to the modern apple turnovers showed up during the 1753 found in a recipe book called The Complete Housewife. It says
"Apple Pasties to Fry. Pare and quarter apples, and boil them in sugar and water, and a stick of cinnamon, and when tender, put in a little white wine, the juice of a lemon, a piece of fresh butter, and a little ambergrease or orange-flower water; stir all together, and when it is cold put it in puff-paste, and fry them".
As it states the first version is fried but in 1972 a baked version appeared in the book The New Art of Cookery According to Present Practice. The name turnovers only showed up in 1874 in a cookbook called Cassell’s Dictionary of Cookery with Numerous Illustrations.
Similar to sandwich its main purpose is providing a portable meal or dessert. For this post we will be making some sweet variant which contains apples and raisins, it can be enjoyed as a snack or as a dessert.
- 4 pcs thawed pastry sheets, each sheet divided into 4 squares
- 4 pcs Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup raisins
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 egg beaten
- Melt butter in a skillet using low heat.
- Add apples, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon cook while continuously stirring for 2-3 minutes.
- Mix cornstarch and water together then pour into the skillet, cook until sauce gets thick. Remove from stove then let it cool.
- Prepare puff pastry sheets then spoon apple mixture in the middle. Fold into a triangle shape and seal edges by pressing it with fork. Place turnovers in a baking sheet then brush top with beaten egg.
- Place in a 200C preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until it’s all puffed up and golden brown.
- Let it cool before serving.