Archive for August 14th, 2011

MYO Turnovers

I know I’ve vanished for a while from posting. It isn’t that a lot wasn’t going on, it was more what was going on wasn’t worth posting about.  Mother Nature and I had a big fight this year and she won. With the drought and hundred plus degrees for months on end,  I’ve lost my entire garden.  With now being under a water constriction I am truly fearful how many younger fruit trees and bushes will be lost before this is over.  Being one who relies on putting up her own this was a harsh blow, but one that will be gotten over and worked through.

This week I made up Apple and Cherry Turnovers.  The children loved them, and while I made mine from scratch…I will offer you a more simple way to do the .  The simple method is to purchase puff pastry dough sheets from freezer section of your grocery store, flour a surface and roll out until thin, then add a filling either using homemade apple and cherry pie filling, or canned variety from store, and fold.  I do a side fold method as it is just cleaner, but you can do the more recognized triangle version as well.

A second method, and what I used, is using what is known as a “Rough Puff Pastry”, for this you need:

2 1/2 cups cold flour

3/4 tsp salt

24 tbsp cold unsalted butter cut into pieces

3/4 cup very cold water

Sift flour and salt into cold cubes of butter. Using a pastry butter, large chef knife or even your fingers cut the butter into the flour until you achieve a crumbly mixture.  Add ice cold water a little at time and mix until it all just sort of hangs together.  Shape into a messy, shaggy dough and roll to 1/2 inch thick.

Use your pastry scraper to fold the dough into thirds like a business letter.  Turn 90 degrees and roll out again.  Refold and turn once more and roll again.  This takes about four to five turns before your dough will take on a smooth appearance.   Wrap and chill the dough for half an hour before you do two more additional roll outs and turns.  Return to refrigerator for another half hour before doing your final roll out for use.


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