apple turnovers

Recipe: Pear & Apple Turnovers

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Eat these still warm from the oven, jammy fruit, almost too hot, oozing from the cracks as you take a bite. A spoonful of cold clotted cream adds just the right contrast to the syrupy apple and a cup of tea completes the moment of pure bliss…

When I think about my favourite parts of the day, food nearly always plays a role.  Saturday breakfasts in bed – a perfectly cooked poached egg served with tea and a couple of hours of peace. Family suppers around the table, catching up on each others’ day over a bowl of something warming and restorative.  Even lunches at work; microwaved leftovers which often taste even better the next day, enjoyed with a few pages of a good book or a quick catch up with a friend.

apple turnovers

Even as a child, coming home after school was one of my favourite times of day – not just because it was good to have finished lessons but because I would come home to a cup of tea and a snack.  Sometimes rice cakes and Marmite, fig rolls, ginger cake or once in a while, apple turnovers.  

What a treat! What an indulgence! What little miracles these beautiful pillows of buttery puff and jammy apple were!  

Pear & Apple Turnovers

As a student, living away from home for the first time, I still remember the wonderful day when, shopping in Kwik Save for the usual basics of pasta, cardboard sliced white and tinned tuna, I discovered a pack of apple turnovers for the very reasonable price of 99p! It seemed almost inconceivable that such luxury could be possible for under £1…

Needless to say, this recipe beats the lot.  Homemade, eaten still warm from the oven with a mug of steaming tea and if you’re feeling particularly decadent, a dollop of cream, of either the iced or clotted variety.

Pear & Apple Turnovers

The recipe makes 6. I recommend starting with a double batch…

Pear & Apple Turnovers
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  1. 2 apples
  2. 2 pears
  3. 1 tbs lemon juice
  4. 1 tbs flour
  5. 3 tbs granulated sugar
  6. 3 tbs water
  7. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. 1 sheet of ready-made puff pastry
  9. 1 tbs light brown sugar
  1. Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper
  2. Peel and core the apples and pears and chop into cubes of approximately 1.5cm
  3. Put the fruit into a pan with the lemon juice, water, flour, sugar and cinnamon and mix together
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 180 C (fan)
  5. Heat for 5 minutes, stirring until the juices are syrupy
  6. Leave to cool
  7. Lay out the puff pastry and cut into 6 squares
  8. Dollop a spoonful of fruit on one diagonal half of each square and then fold over the other side of the pastry and seal the edges with a fork.
  9. Use the fork to pierce a few holes in the top of the turnovers and then place them on the baking trays
  10. Put in the oven and cook for 20 minutes, until crisp and golden
  11. Sprinkle with light brown sugar once out of the oven
  1. The pastry is best handled while still cold from the fridge. Once it starts to warm, it becomes much gooier (that's a word!) and harder (or in fact, much softer) to work with.
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Colette Broomhead

I am a mum of 2 boys and I live in Nottingham. When I'm not cooking, I run my own business as a business coach. My passions are my boys, gaming and of course, all things food and drink!

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