From Cooks Illustrated: Crisp-crusted, juicy turnovers capture all the flavor of apple pie in convenient, fun-to-eat, individual pastries. The sweet crust is the perfect foil for the juicy apples. Most turnovers, however, take a long time to make, requiring a difficult-to-make pastry and a cooked filling. Perhaps we were asking too much, but we wanted a turnover that would take minutes to prepare (we were willing to use store-bought dough). Here’s what we discovered:
Test Kitchen Discoveries
Frozen puff pastry makes a quick and easy-to-prepare turnover dough. Allow the dough to thaw overnight in the refrigerator to avoid cracking.
Blend applesauce and fresh Granny Smith apples for a quick, complex-tasting filling. Process the fresh apples with sugar and drain them to remove excess liquid that would make the turnovers soggy.
Use the sticky, sugary juice shed by the apples to “glue” the seams of the turnovers together. Use the same juice to brush the tops of the turnovers for a shiny, crackly top.
Cook the turnovers in a hot (400-degree) oven for the best results. Puff pastry relies on high temperatures to lift the numerous, individual layers apart for its crisp texture.
If you don’t have a food processor, grate the peeled and cored apples on the coarse side of a box grater before mixing them with the lemon juice, sugar, and salt. This recipe is easily cut in half.