Monday, May 9, 2011

Cranapple Turnovers

Necessity is the mother of invention.

I am not a big puff pastry fan. I'm not either a major fan of cranberries. But that's what happens when you open the freezer on a Thursday night, completely unprepared for the fast approaching Shabbos. You end up concocting things that you wouldn't normally dream of.

And, guess what? This accident turned out pretty good. Pretty, pretty good. Sweet filling balanced with a savory crust. Crunchy and flaky.

If not for my aversion to bought pastry dough, I might make this every week.

Cranapple Turnovers
Serves 4-6; about 1 hour 15 minutes prep

1/2 bag frozen cranberries
2 granny smith apples
1/2 cup brown sugar or agave nectar
1 cup apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 package puff pastry dough, defrosted
1 egg yolk
Turbinado sugar, for decorating

Combine everything but the dough in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and then cook, stirring from time to time, for about 20 minutes. Perch a colander over a bowl and pour the fruit into the colander. Let it cool, draining, to get rid of the extra juices.

Preheat the oven to 375*. Line a baking sheet with foil or a Silpat mat if you have one.

Roll the puff pastry just a bit to soften it. (I did this right on my Silpat mat.) Cut the dough into 9 squarish pieces. Put about a tablespoon of filling into the center of each square.

Fold the sides of each square in to make a pretty triangle. Seal the edges well by pinching them together with your fingers. Use a fork to crimp the edges.

Glaze with the egg and then sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375* for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350* and bake for 10 minutes longer. Cool on racks and serve as a dessert or side dish if you're feeling wicked.


  1. Your turnovers look so tasty! Please share your delicious recipe with our readers by linking it up at Muffin Monday. Thanks!

  2. Hi Rivki, the turnovers look great, the filling sounds delicious and I love the pretty colour.

  3. This sounds wonderful! I love the idea of the turnovers with the cranberries and apples! I also have a lot of frozen fruit in my freezer and I'm thinking I could definitely use it in your recipe alongside some apples. Thank you for sharing such a delicious and frugal idea with The Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  4. Thanks so much for linking your recipe up at Muffin Monday! Hope to see you again this week!

  5. Wow do those look scrumptious! I'm also not a puff pastry person, but if I happen to find some in my freezer, these would be a top choice!


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