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Homemade Old Fashioned Apple Turnovers or Tarts

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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

Ingredients:

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




Directions:

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.

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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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Festive Baby Green Salad

Festive Baby Green Salad

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Festive Baby Green Salad

Festive Baby Green Salad

I crafted this salad for the holidays, using baby greens, pears, apples, honey roasted nuts, parmesan and a wonderfully luscious dressing incorproating cranberries.   Not heavy but healthy, easy to put together for any gathering and sings of festivities and holidays.

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Festive Baby Green Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 cup canned cranberry sauce, whole-berry or jellied

2 Tbl. fruited vinegar (such as raspberry), or red wine vinegar

2 Tbl. water

1 Tbl. olive oil

1/4 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. Dijon or regular mustard

1/8 tsp. salt, or to taste

1/8 tsp. Montreal steak seasoning

6-8 oz. baby greens – or a mix of baby greens and spinich

2 medium pears, ripe, but firm, cored and thinly sliced OR apples

2 oz., about

6 Tbl., honey roasted almond or walnuts or pecans, chopped

1/2 cup craisins, or desired amount

1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese, shaved or shredded, or as desired amount  Festive Baby Green Salad 2  Festive Baby Green Salad 1

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Directions:

Process in a small chopper or whisk very well in a medium bowl the cranberry sauce, vinegar, water, oil, balsamic and mustard, salt and Montreal seasoning. This dressing can be kept overnight in the refrigerator.Festive Baby Green Salad 3When ready to serve, place greens in a large serving bowl. Add desired amount of dressing, pears and nuts; toss to mix and coat. Scatter shaved or shredded Parmesan on top.Festive Baby Green Salad 4Serve immediately.Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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