May 15, 2011

Apple Cream Cheese Turnovers




I always loved apple turnover! I love puff pastry treats in general but apple turnover are on my top 3 list for sure! When I found this recipe in one of my used cookbooks I had mixed feelings. On one side I thought the idea of a cream cheese dough wrap was intriguing. On the other side I wondered whether it could have ever competed in excellence with the traditional apple turnover recipes. Well, when in doubt you just have to test it yourself, right?!

The verdict? Forget about the traditional puff pastry version! This is way better! The dough is so soft, almost creamy. And the taste is very delicate. A perfect complement to the apple and cinnamon flavor of the filling. I’m sold!



Apple Cream Cheese Turnovers
Ingredients
Yields 8

230 g (8 oz) cream cheese
230 g (2 sticks or 8 oz) butter, at room temperature
30 g (2 tbsp) sugar
60 ml (2 fl oz or ¼ cup) heavy whipping cream
pinch of salt
325 g (11.25 oz or 2 ½ cups) flour
15 g (1 tbsp) sugar
5 g (1 tsp) cinnamon
1 large egg, lightly beaten

For the apples
8 medium-sized firm, juicy apples
150 g (5.3 oz or 3/4 cup) sugar
57 g (1/2 stick or 2 oz) butter
2 g (1/4 tsp) salt
30 ml (2 tbsp) freshly squeezed lemon juice


Method

Put the cream cheese, the butter, the 2 tbsp of sugar, and the cream in the bowl of your electric mixer and beat on medium speed until well blended. Add the salt and the flour and mix until just incorporated. Refrigerate the dough for an hour.

While the dough is chilling, prepare the apple filling. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Place them in a pan with all the other ingredients and cook them over medium heat until they are soft but still retain their shape (about 10 minutes). Let them cook down completely before using them.

Preheat the over to 350F degrees and prepare a baking pan with parchment paper.

Put the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out 1/8” thick. Cut the dough into 8 circles.

Mix 1 tbsp of sugar and cinnamon in small bowl and set aside.

To assemble

Put 1/3 cup of the apple mixture on one side of each circle and fold the dough in half, forming a half circle. Press the sides together and fold the edge over to seal the turnover.

Cut three air slits in the top of the turnovers. Brush them with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

Serve warm.

Have a sweet day!

36 comments:

  1. This looks scrumptious! I'll have to try it. Thanks for another wonderful recipe, Sara!

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  2. These are seriously gorgeous, Sara and you make the dough sound like a dream!

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  3. Man, do these look fabulous! Apple turnovers are my favorite, too, and that pastry crust is just perfect!

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  4. These look incredible! That pastry is so flaky! Wow!

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  5. Sara - the flakey-ness of the pastry looks so mouth watering. What a perfect treat on this rainy Sunday!

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  6. Oooh, those look heavenly! I love the idea of that cream cheese dough! That definitely sounds like a winner. Yum!!

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  7. These look delicious and so much easier than making my own puff pastry! I love apple hand pies!

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  8. Oh turnover heaven....I haven't had a good turnover in quite a while and these would hit the spot. Beautiful job.

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  9. I love cream cheese-enriched dough but have never had it in a turnover. What a brilliant idea. They look so good.

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  10. I shouldn't have read this right now, I'm stuffed from dinner but thinking something sweet might hit the spot. You were trying to drive me back in the kitchen weren't you. I love cream cheese in the dough. Hope you had a great weekend.
    -Gina-

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  11. I'm loving this! I love cream cheese doughs! My physique doesn't but mmm, how can I deny such a gorgeous thing? These look ridonkulous and I'm excited to be making them soon :-) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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  12. Your pasty looks like it's baked to perfection and the overall result looks so delicious and pretty! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week ! :)

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  13. Oh holy heaven--those look SOOOO good!

    Are you going to Blog Her Food this week? It would be great to meet up!

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  14. You know me and fruit desserts. I'm sold on this as well and I haven't even tasted it. They look so perfect. With coffee? I'll bet they're phenomenal (of course, everything is better with coffee).

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  15. Wow, these sound great, Sara. I've never heard of using cream cheese in the dough but it sounds great. This is what I love about looking through old books (been enjoying some old used dessert books, too)--there's lots of inspiration! :-)

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  16. Helloooo turnovers, have we met before? These look stunning.

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  17. These look so light and flaky - just lovely! What a perfect vehicle for apples!!

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  18. Cream cheese in the dough!!! wow, just pack em up and mail them to me! I love apple turnovers and I think you just took them to a whole new level!
    I do have to try that dough!

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  19. No need to limit ourselves to apples. This cream cheese dough sounds like it would be good with blueberries, cherries or strawberries too - basically any fruit that goes well with cheesecake. May have to try them all.

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  20. Yum! I just love apple turnovers, and this cream cheese dough sounds like the perfect vehicle for a turnover!

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  21. Sara... I am there! Delicious and I love the dough recipe....love love and more love this recipe -

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  22. delicious looking dessert wonderful

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  23. Ooooo! I haven't had an apple turnover in forever and I'm trying not to drool over the cream cheese dough to wrap around the filling :)

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  24. I love apple turnovers too and love the spiced up cream cheese dough :) These need to be in my kitchen soon!

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  25. I've only used once cream cheese in the dough for a savory tart but your turnover put the puff pastry ones to shame. Love your cream cheese dough and have the feeling you can use it in so many way (fruit tart pops in my head)
    thanks for sharing Sara, hope you're having a great time

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  26. Oh my do these look amazing. I LOVE apple turnovers. The cream cheese in the dough sounds so good. I can't wait to try these out! :)

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  27. Cream cheese in dough is wonderful and your apple turnovers looks fantastic:) I love apple desserts too and am looking forward tom trying this w/ my new apples sitting in my counter! Buon weekend Sara!

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  28. oh my, this dough sounds amazing!! thank you for sharing this i cant wait to try it out soon.

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  29. These look good enough to eat any time and I am tempted to make some myself. Your pastry looks fantastic-- flaky and perfect!

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  30. They are simply perfect and completely delicious!

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  31. The turnovers look great!

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  32. Oh, Sara, I'm absolutely sold!! I haven't had a good turnover in years, but you have my mouth water for one. I'm really eager to give this one a try!! I'm with you apple turnovers rank up there in the top 10 in treats on my list.

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  33. Stopped by to see what you have been up to. Guess you still busy like a bee.
    Hugs

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  34. Great idea to put the cream chees in the dough. YUM.

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  35. Cream cheese in the dough? I am sold! Looks SO good! My husband loves apple turnovers, I'll have to make him a batch of these!

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