Classic apple turnovers are an easy fall treat everyone should make at least once. Of course, once you’ve tried them, they’re sure to become a recipe you’ll make over and over again. With their flaky puff pastry crust and spiced apple filling, these turnovers are like little grab-and-go apple pies. Best of all, they have none of the fuss of baking a pie and require less than an hour to make.
To make these turnovers you’ll need just six ingredients: apples, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, cornstarch and puff pastry. You can find frozen puff pastry in most grocery stores. Defrost it in the fridge overnight, or simply set it on the counter for 30 minutes.
To start, prepare the filling. Peel, core and chop the apples and then combine them in a skillet with the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and cornstarch.
Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer until apples are tender and mixture is thickened. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool while you prepare the puff pastry.
Unfold the thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll it out into a large square about 15 inches on each side. Trim the puff pastry as needed to make an even square. Note that if the puff pastry gets too warm it will become sticky and difficult to work with, so try not to keep it at room temperature for too long.
With a knife or pizza wheel, divide the large square into 4 smaller squares. (If you want smaller turnovers, you can also divide it into 9 squares as you see here.)
Make an egg wash by combining 1 large egg with 1 teaspoon of water. Brush the puff pastry squares with the egg wash and then spoon some of the apple filling into the center. Exactly how much filling you’ll need will depend on the size of your squares.
Fold the puff pastry square onto itself, forming a triangle. Use your fingers to press all of the edges together. Press the edges with the back of a fork to seal them completely. Brush turnovers with more egg wash.
Sprinkle with coarse sugar, or cinnamon sugar, if desired. With a sharp knife, cut a few vents into the top of each turnover. Bake until turnovers are golden, about 25-30 minutes and serve immediately. Yum!