I want you to come to my kitchen just so I may serve you a steaming hot cuppa and a generous slice of this simply outstanding apple and date turnover. Our mouths will be so full with the sweet, cinnamon-y, apple-y, hint of date flavors that there will not be room for words nor will we want anyone to break into our reverie as we enjoy and savor.
Apple and Date Turnover
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting375 gram package all-butter puff pastry **
½ tsp cinnamon
2 eating apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 pitted dates, finely chopped
25 gram (6 1/2 teaspoons) sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten, for brushing
If you are using frozen puff pastry, allow time for thawing before proceeding and follow the directions on the back of the box for rolling it out.
Preheat oven to 400*Fahrenheit. Place a baking sheet in the oven.
Lightly flour a work surface and roll the puff pastry into an 8" x 12" rectangle.
In a medium sized bowl, mix the apples and dates, 1 tablespoon flour, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Spoon over one half of the pastry, leaving a border around the edge.
Brush the edges of the pastry with a little of the egg. Fold the other half of the pastry over the filling, pressing the edges of the pastry together, sealing well. Slash the top with a knife and brush with the remaining egg.
Place the turnover in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up the pastry and then carefully lift and place onto the hot baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Drizzle with icing if you wish.
Because the puff pastry has to go into the freezer before baking, I used a sheet of parchment paper, floured, as my work surface. By doing so, I was able to move it from the counter, to freezer, to baking sheet.
This recipe is pretty forgiving. The puff pastry I used came in a 495 gram box (so my rolled out pastry was larger than 8 x 12; I didn't measure it, but the length equaled the length of my cookie sheet) so I increased the filling amounts. I used 5 apples (using a mixture of 3 Granny Smith and 2 MacIntosh; my apples were smallish), and increased the number of dates to 8. I also increased the flour to 2 tablespoons, and the cinnamon to 1 rounded teaspoon. After sealing the edges, I trimmed them with a knife to neaten it up.
I used a simple confectionery sugar glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk, a teaspoon at a time
Continually stirring until desired consistency is achieved.