Fall flavors are some of my favorites to bake with. Nothing better than a warm fall pastry right out of the oven. These turnovers are stuffed with crisp apples, sweet cranberries, and those lovely autumn spices, drizzled with a warm apple butter on top.
It’s November, which means another month of pumpkin everything…don’t get me wrong I love it. I dream of my mother’s pumpkin pie come Thanksgiving day, but it is nice to break away and try other fall flavors. I tend to be one of those pumpkin obsessors throughout fall. When I decided I wanted to make a fall dessert my first thought was pumpkin! I needed to extend my fall flavor reach. A few weeks back while at the grocery store I noticed how many different types of apples they had! This inspired me to make a fall apple dessert and oh boy did I succeed.
With so many varieties of apple out there it makes it pretty fun to mix n’ match; I like to choose a tart apple like Granny Smith and a sweet like Pacific Rose. One of the reasons I really love this recipe is that it is so easy to make and even easier to eat! It’s a pocket of fall deliciousness right in your hand!
Made with puff pastry, so there is no complicated dough recipe. Puff pastry comes in two sheets that can be cut into four perfectly sized turnover squares. The filling is a combination of apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice tossed in a saucepan with melted butter. The dried cranberries and vanilla extract are added at the end and cooked until it has an ooey-gooey texture. After baking that texture turns into a melt in your mouth spicy apple mixture…to. die. for. (okay, maybe not really. I wouldn’t jump off a cliff for it, but I would reach over the edge)
The tops become a lovely brown from an egg wash that it put on just before going into the oven. I chose to drizzle the top with apple butter, which gave it an extra snap of apple; you can also drizzle with caramel sauce or chocolate sauce. Get creative!
If you need something to bring to a Friendsgiving this year, these are your answer. Or if you just want a little fall treat for you and your family. Any excuse to do some fall baking am I right?
What fall flavors are you baking with this season? Let me know in the comments!
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 small apples cut into small cubes
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/3 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon All Spice
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 sheets of puff pastry
- 1 egg white for egg wash
- Apple butter for drizzling
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat
- Add apples, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and cook for five minutes stirring constantly.
- Turn down to low and add cranberries and vanilla extract and stir
- Cook for an addition three minutes, stirring frequently
- Remove from heat and place in refrigerator to cool for 20 minutes
- Fold puff pastry sheets onto well floured surface and cut into four even squares
- Spoon tablespoon scoops of apple mixture onto puff pastry square
- Whisk egg white lightly and brush edges of puff pastry and then fold into triangle
- Use fork to press edges down
- Brush tops of turnovers with egg wash
- Heat oven to 400° and bake turnovers for 20 minutes or until golden brown
- Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before drizzling with apple butter
- Place apple butter in a small zip lock bag and cut the very tip of one corner to create a piping bag
- Drizzle apple butter over turnover from one side to another
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.