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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Apple Turnovers

Goodbye apple pie....Hello apple turnovers.  I don't think I'll ever make an apple pie again.  These turnovers were incredible and both Mike and I agreed we liked them better than apple pie.  I'm sure a lot of the success depends on the brand of frozen puff pastry sheets you use.  I used Dufour Classic Puff Pastry sheets.  They were incredibly easy to use and they puffed up perfectly, light and flaky. 
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cups water
4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored, and sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 (17.25) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine the lemon and 4 cups water in a large bowl.  Place the sliced apples in the water to keep them from browning.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Drain water from apples and place them into the hot skillet.  Cook and stir for about 2 minutes.  Add brown sugar and cinnamon and cook, stirring for 2 more minutes.  Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water.  Pour into the skillet and mix well.  Cook for another couple of minutes or until sauce has thickened.  Remove from heat to cool slightly.
Unfold pastry sheets.  Depending on the brand of pastry sheets will determine how many squares you get.  I got 6 nice size squares out of the Dufour Classic Puff Pastries.  Spoon apples onto the center of the square.  Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape and press edges together to seal.  Place turnovers onto a baking sheet leaving about 1 inch between them.
Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned.  Cool completely before glazing.
NOTE:  We actually ate these without the glaze.  We just spooned vanilla ice cream on the turnover and topped with the leftover sauce from the apples.  It was perfect!

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