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Homemade Old Fashioned Apple Turnovers or Tarts

Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

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Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

Here is a wonderful old fashioned, easy and quick dessert that the whole family will enjoy.  The crust is flaky and tender.  The apple filling is a fabulous blend of tart and sweet. Give it a try with sugar sprinkled on top, or even a thin glaze.  This recipe can easily be made into tarts too!


Homemade Old Fashioned Apple Turnovers or Tarts


1 tsp. grated orange zest

2-3 Tbl. freshly squeezed orange juice

1 ¼ lbs. tart apple

1/4 cup butter

3 Tbl. craisins or dried cherries, opt.

3 Tbl. sugar, plus extra for sprinkling on top

1 Tbl. flour

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. nutmeg pinch salt

1 package (17.3 oz, 2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrostedApple Turnovers 1


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel, quarter, and core the apples and then cut them in ¾” dice.Apple TurnoversMelt the butter and toss with the sliced apples.

Cover a baking sheet with either parchment paper and place one layer of the apples on the sheet. 

Bake in the preheated 400 degree oven.Apple Turnovers 2Bake until browned, approx. 15 minutes, however this will depend on the size of apples. 

When the apples are browned on one side, turn over to brown on the other. 

Combine the orange zest and orange juice in a bowl. 

Very gently toss the browned apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; mix well.

Apple Turnovers 3

Flour a board and lightly roll each sheet of pastry to a 12×12” square. Apple Turnovers 4

Cut each sheet into 4 smaller squares and keep chilled until ready to use.Apple Turnovers 5Brush the edges of each square with an egg wash or water and neatly place about 1/3 cup of the apple mixture and seal by pressing the edges with a form (but not thin or it will burn).Apple Turnovers 6If you are adding in the craisins or dried cherries, add them on top of the apple mixture and brush edges with beaten egg as pictured above.Apple Turnovers 7

Fold the dough over the apple mixture to form a triangle.

Using the tines of a fork, press firmly to seal the edges of the turnover.Apple Turnovers 8Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle with sugar, make 2 small slits Apple Turnovers 9Bake for 20 minutes in the 400 degree oven, until browned and puffed.

Serve warm or at room temperature.Apple Turnovers 10

To make tarts:

Roll the puff pastry to about 14”, then cut into 16 squares.

Put a bit of the apple mixture in each, and a couple of craisins, if using, in each tart.

Poke holes with a fork to vent instead of slits due to smaller size.

Copy­right Car­rie Grone­man, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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  1. Tawni says:

    What temperature and for about how long do you bake the apples, and what temperature do you bake the turnovers?

  2. Deanna says:

    Yummy. These look amazing. It’s bee years since I’ve used puff pastry sheets.

  3. Yummy – I have a serious sweet tooth right now! visiting thru Treasure Box Tuesday party

  4. Danitra says:

    Wow, those look seriously amazing! Yummy!

  5. Diane Roark says:

    We really are so much alike. I love making these. Everything with Phyllo dough is WONDERFUL but this apple recipe is my favorite. Great idea to add Craisins. Thanks for linking this up at Saturday Dishes. I am PINNING IT!
    Diane Roark

  6. April says:

    These look delicious and easy Carrie. These are one of our favorite breakfast items! I will have to pin this! Thank you for sharing.

  7. These look so tasty!! I think we will have to try these for dessert on Sunday with a big scoop of ice cream, YUM!

  8. Delicious! Thanks for sharing at The Four Seasons Blog Hop~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  9. These look really yummy and easy to make!

  10. Cathy says:

    Wow! These look good and your post makes them look so easy! Thank you for linking up at the Blog Strut Blog Hop! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific week!

  11. These looks so delicious! I like the idea of roasting the apples before making the turnovers. Thanks again for linking up this week!

  12. Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  13. Krista Low says:

    Oh my yum!!! I love turnovers. I haven’t made any for awhile and I made mini-ones, great for sharing but always leaves you wanting more. I am totally pinning this to make some!

  14. Oh yum, another use for puff pastry!! These look delicious Carrie. Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Best of the Weekend. 🙂

  15. Winnie says:

    These look wonderful!
    My family loves everything with apples and they’d definitely love these 🙂
    I just prefer making my own dough

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