Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Delaney's Apple Project: Turnovers

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Delaney had to do an apple project. Instead of doing the one idea they were given an apple pig. She decided to take the hard route and make something different. Whereas I appreciate her drive to go above and beyond (I wonder where she gets that from:) Sometimes it would be nice to take the easy way out. With Joe as her dad and me as her mom, the odds of that aren't good :) Enjoy this video slideshow of her apple turnovers.

AND here is the recipe, we found it on allrecipes.com. We did individual little ones for Delaney's class. We made 30 small ones. She used the lid of a martini shaker to cut the circles :) It was a little over 3.5 inches in diameter. I think we got 8 circles (or about that) out of each sheet of puff pastry. We probably used 6 apples, and 3-4 Tablespoons of butter, but left everything else the same. It turned out delicious and we even had leftover filling. Which if need be, you could throw on a scoop of vanilla ice cream :) I did NOT do that. I swear! But I should have :( Oh and we went through TWO boxes of puff pastry. For the regular recipe follow below.

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and chopped smaller then bite-size
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
NOTE: Try not to over work your puff pastry. If you do, it will end up being tough and not the flaky layers it is supposed to be. 

Directions

  1. Combine the lemon and 4 cups water in a large bowl. Place the sliced apples in the water to keep them from browning.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain water from apples, and place them into the hot skillet. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes. Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Pour into the skillet, and mix well. Cook for another minute, or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Unfold puff pastry sheets, and repair any cracks by pressing them back together. Trim each sheet into a square. Then cut each larger square into 4 smaller squares. Spoon apples onto the center of each squares. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal. Place turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned.

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