Thursday, 29 January 2015

Let's Get Baking - Apple Turnovers

Now that December has well and truly gone I miss the time me and D spent baking, but we can't bake every week of the year or it's just not special (plus I will get fatter, not smaller!). With this in mind I have decided we will continue with our let's get baking (Woo hoo!) And we will do it every month,  we will bake at some point throughout each month so basically when we take a mood for something tasty and fun! Every month on the last Thursday we will share our 'recipes' ( I'm not sure if you can call them that) and all of our fun! Why not join in with us too and if you have something you want to try but are apprehensive then ask and we will (attempt to) do a dry run for you! Baking with children is funny, exciting,  wondrous and yummy! The mess? Well it happens and it's usually really easy to tidy as you go with our experiments 'recipes' (if it's not I will tell you at the top of the post!)

For this year's first Let's get Baking we are making apple turnovers as they are sometimes known as. As per usual I kind of started by following a recipe, got as far as ingredients and then just winged it (we like to experiment! ) and hoped for the best.

First you need puff pastry and we always make puff pastry so I usually follow this recipe.  However, true to form the one time I write about it and need it to work properly it didn't. I have never added anything on top of our puff pastry except on a few bits for puff pastry pizza, (yummy! A must try for everyone! ) but never like this. You can use shop bought puff pastry sheets if you don't fancy making your own (Yes we can all cheat). Once we have our pastry we can start on the filling! If you would like to follow the actual recipe it can be found here.

You will need:

  • 2 apples (preferably Granny Smith)

  • Puff pastry - The recipe above makes a good amount, if shop bought use 2 sheets.

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour

  • 2 tablespoons of water

  • 1-2 teaspoons of sugar

  • 1 egg, already beaten

I have to say this is the easiest recipe we have ever made! Firstly you have to peel, de-core and cut the apples into small chunks, D really enjoyed being able to eat all the apple skins and quite happily sat while I peeled and cut everything. once you have your apples all cut up you will need to preheat the oven at 200 C
Put everything except your egg and puff pastry into the bowl and give it a good mix! You may need to add an extra tablespoon of water it's up to you. D really enjoyed eating the apples!


Now its time to roll out the pastry follow the same directions as before if you are using your own. cut in half then divided your two squarish shapes in half diagonally. If you're using shop bought pastry cut each sheet in half diagonally.


Fill each  triangle half full by using about 1/4 of the apple mixture. Brush the edge with egg and seal closed using a fork and pressing the prongs around the edge (don't worry if you don't have a pastry brush you use one of your fingers). Prick the pastry on top with the fork and apply some egg over the top ( not too much though)


Pop it in the oven and cook until the pastry is golden brown, you can serve hot or cold and you add anything you like to have with apple turnovers. Easy peasy!

Like I said our pastry didn't really puff so I haven't added our finished picture so as not to confuse you.

We did all really enjoy making these and they are pretty nice even though we did something wrong along the way. I hope many of you give it a try!

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