Friday, January 14, 2011

M: Fruit Turnovers and An Announcement!

So I know it’s not strawberry season…yes, I know this. But when I walked into Whole Foods the other day to get groceries, this fantastic smell caught my attention. Low and behold, these beautiful and fragrant strawberries were right inside the front door. “Oh yes”, I said… “These will be mine”. And so they were.

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Maybe it’s just my lame attempt to pretend it’s not 40 degrees outside…That it is, in actuality 80 degrees and sunny and at any given moment I can walk to my neighborhood pool and take a dip. Ok, I digress.

Back to these turnovers. So I wanted to use these little puppies in some type of simple baked goods recipe, and I came across this very simple fruit turnover recipe on Martha Stewart’s website. Yep, I love Martha.

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This recipe is super easy – it calls for just a frozen puff pastry from your grocer, but if you wanted to make your own pastry, you can certainly do that. I didn’t have the time to make my own, so Pepperidge Farms it was!

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These little gems turned out SO tasty – the strawberries were perfect, but any fruit would of course be fantastic. You could do frozen or fresh. As the website says, just add a little more sugar if you use frozen fruit. And, if you’re using a fall fruit – like pears or apples, then adding some cinnamon would be a great addition!

I think these would also be ideal served at some sort of get together, they are so simple and you could even cut them a little smaller and make them more bite-sized. I will say, they will go quickly – I’ve already eaten like 5 of them – yea…addicting. You could also freeze these things after you’ve assembled them until you’re ready to bake them up!

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Ok, let’s do this…

Fruit Turnovers

from Martha Stewart

1/3 cup sugar

2 tsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 lb. fresh or frozen fruit, cut into small pieces

Zest of 1 lemon

2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed

2 large egg yolks

Coarse sugar (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add fruit and lemon zest and toss to coat. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each sheet of pastry into an 11-by-18-inch rectangle and cut into eight equal sized rectangles.

Place even amounts of the fruit filling lengthwise on one half of each rectangle, leaving about a 1/2-inch border around the edges. Combine 1 egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water. Brush border with egg wash. Fold dough over filling and press edges to seal well. I crimped the edges with the tongs of a fork just to double seal and make a prettier edge. With the tip of a sharp knife, cut vents into pastry. At this point, you can freeze your turnovers if you want.

After your frozen turnovers have thawed or with your freshly prepared pastry, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place desired number of frozen turnovers on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (These pastries WILL leak out, so you don’t want to put on a bare baking sheet) Combine 1 egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water and brush egg wash on top of turnovers and sprinkle with coarse sugar (if using). Bake until turnovers are deep golden brown and juices are bubbling, 14 to 17 minutes (mine baked for 14 minutes – I have a hot oven), rotating sheet halfway through.

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Enjoy!

Ok, and for the important part of this post. We will be making a very important announcement here at Itzy’s Kitchen in the next few days, so stay tuned!! I know, I teased you a little with the title, but I promise you’ll know very very soon =)

Happy Saturday!!

27 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Mmmm delicious treat!

Ahh, way to keep everyone in suspense! :))) Can't wait to read about the big news!

Pound said...

i had a strawberry craving and i made that strawberry pretzel salad. LOVE IT!

PS spill the beans!

Chef Bee said...

These turnovers look like they should be featured in a bakery window. Great job.

Plan B

Julie said...

share the announcement nowwwwww!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Yum, I'm really missing strawberries!

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

you did tease me!!! what's the big news?!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Those look fabulous!!
Happy New Year!

TiffersRunsTX said...

Yuuuuu uuuuuu uuuuuuhhhmmmyyyyyy!

Gen said...

Deeelish!!! Thanks for posting the recipe!!!!

Can't wait for the announcement! =D

fittingbackin said...

Well those are beautiful! I'm looking forward to your annc!

KatiePerk said...

These look fabulous!! I am definitely going to try them!!

Simply Life said...

oh my gosh, those look incredible!

I'm excited to hear about the news!

Sweet and Savory said...

Wow...I wouldn't be able to stop eating these!

Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

These look INCREDIBLE!!

Can't wait to hear your announcement!

wechosethelifewelive said...

ughhhhhhhh i wish i was at home so i could make these! thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!

Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) said...

I can't wait to hear this announcement!!

teresa said...

oh be still my heart, these look AMAZING! i love that you used strawberries. sometimes we need a little reminder of summer during these cold months.

Lisa said...

Looking forward to the big announcement :)

the fruit turnovers look super fantastic---actually I'd love one right now :)

Corey @ the runners cookie said...

Those look delicious! Fruit in a pastry = can't go wrong in my book.
Can't wait to hear the big news!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

you are SUCH a tease!! but i will wait, we all will :)

the turnovers look awesome!

and thanks for telling me you had my peanut sauce on the brain. lol

have a great weekend sweetie!

Tina Marie Frawley said...

If you come into the cafe tomorrow morning, I will make them put you in my section....then I will hold your food hostage until you tell me the big announcement! Lol! J/K....hope I get to see you guys though!

*Naomi* said...

UGH!!! i hate having to wait! LOL I cant wait to hear your announcement AND I want some of those fresh turnovers!!!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

Okay I'm in suspense, can't wait to hear the news!!!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Wow this looks absolutely heavenly! I am definitely saving the recipe.

I can't wait to read about the big news!

Erin said...

SUCH A TEASE!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

You did a great job on these turnovers--looks delish! I have a love/hate relationship with Martha..some of the recipes I've tried have been amazing, and others, not so much. But she's still an outstanding woman!

Krista said...

The turnovers look divine!!!