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Quick Apple Turnovers

Updated on December 11, 2019
Apple Turnover with drizzle glaze
Apple Turnover with drizzle glaze

When I was very young, there were all kinds of vendors who would come to the door selling their wares. One of them was the Duquesne Baking Truck that later became the Jewel Tea Truck.

My sweet tooth waited every week for the brown truck to pull up on our street and for the driver to come in with his carryall of things to sell to my Mom.

My very favorite was the Apple Turnovers that had flaky pastry with just a hint of a buttery taste to them. Inside the apples were tender with their cinnamon flavor but the piece de’ resistance was the whipped cream that had been infused into the turnover on top of the apple filling.

I remember waiting patiently for dinner to be over that night so that I could bite into one of those wonderful tarts.

turnovers with sugar coating
turnovers with sugar coating

Today all the supermarkets and stores sell both full size and miniature turnovers in packages of six. They come in apple, cherry and berry.

defrost puff pastry and lay out on parchment paper
defrost puff pastry and lay out on parchment paper

Puff Pastry Sheets

A couple of years ago since I had puff pastry sheets in the house, I decided to try my hand at turnovers. The experiment went well and I got 4 delicious turnovers for dessert. What is so great about this recipe is that you don't have to be a pastry chef to achieve great desserts.

cut puff pastry dough in squares and fill with fruit
cut puff pastry dough in squares and fill with fruit


  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet
  • 2 small apples
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Defrost the sheet of puff pastrety. Roll the sheet open and cut into 4 squares.

pastry with filling turnovers
pastry with filling turnovers
make a triangle out of dough and crimp edges
make a triangle out of dough and crimp edges

Core the apples and slice thin. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Put an even amount of apples onto each square and fold over to make a triangle.

Egg wash the dough
Egg wash the dough

Line a small cookie sheet with wax paper and sprinkle with sugar (this is to make it easier to lift the turnovers off the paper after the the turnovers are baked.) Place your turnovers onto the sugared surface.

Brush egg whites or water on the tops of the turnovers and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake the turnovers for 15 minutes in a preheated 375°. Turnovers should be lightly browned.

Cool turnovers for 5 minutes on wax paper and then remove with a spatula to a serving dish.

turnovers with whipped cream piped into them
turnovers with whipped cream piped into them


If you wish you can use cherry pie filing or blueberry pie filling instead of the apples but you will have leftover pie filling to use in another recipe. You can also make this recipe really special by filling the turnovers with whipped cream just before you serve them. Bon appitit!!!

© 2009 Laura L Scotty


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  • MitaraN profile image

    Mitara N 

    7 months ago from South Africa

    Looks delicious, would love to try this recipe

    Thanks for sharing


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