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Apple Turnovers

Apple turnovers are beautiful flaky pastries, filled with an apple cinnamon filling. It tastes just like autumn, and warms your body. Perfect with a cup of tea. These turnovers are so easy to make, and if you have puff pastry on hand, it makes a quick, portable dessert. I love taking these on long road trips. Keeps my kids quiet in the car.

Turnovers are made by filling pastry dough (usually puff pastry) with a sweet or savory filling, sealing the edges and baking. It becomes a portable dessert (like a hand pie), or a type of baked sandwich with a savory filling. Biting into an apple-filled pastry on the go is a real treat.

I love cooking with apples. They are perfect for the winter season. My Apple Pie with a Crumble Topping and Humble Apple Crumble are great hits in my family. You should definitely give them a try.

Can we freeze turnovers?

Yes. Turnovers can be frozen. After assembling the turnover, but before you apply the egg wash, freeze them flat on parchment paper. When they are completely frozen, transfer them to a ziplock bag. To bake them, place them on a baking tray and apply the egg wash. Bake at 190c for 25 minutes. Thats right! There is no need to thaw them out! It's perfect for a quick dessert, or tea time treat.

Can I put these in an Air Fryer?

As you can tell, these days I'm Air Fryer obsessed. I just place a piece of foil in the air fryer, brush it with a light layer of oil and place the frozen turnovers on top. Once, they have started cooking from the bottom, I remove the foil and bake like normal. I did try it without the foil, but the puff pastry got stuck to the bottom of the air fryer. Bake at 180c for 20 minutes.

Preparation Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Yields 8


500 grams puff pastry

1 Tbsp all-purpose flour for dusting

1 1/4 lb Granny Smith apples (3 medium) peeled, cored and diced into 1/3" thick pieces

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

1 egg + 1 Tbsp water for egg wash

3 tablespoons coarse sugar (for sprinkling)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the diced apples, and cook for 5 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally.

  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.

  4. Cook on a low heat for 2-3 minutes, until caramelised. Set aside the mixture to cool.

  5. Roll out the puff pastry into a 12 inch square. Trim the edges to straighten. Use a pizza cutter. It makes cutting so much easier. Cut into 4 squares,

  6. Place the cooled apple mixture in the middle of each square, making sure to leave 1/2 inch empty space around the edges.

  7. Lightly beat the egg and 1 tablespoon water to form an egg wash.

  8. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg wash and fold over the edges to form a triangle. Crimp the edges tightly with a fork to seal them shut.

  9. Transfer the turnovers to a parchment lined baking tray. Brush them with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

  10. Bake 20-23 minutes until the turnovers are golden brown and puffed up.

  11. To prevent the filling from leaking I place my turnovers in the freezer for 5 minutes, before brushing them with egg wash and baking in the oven.


I have tried making these turnovers in the air fryer. They were fantastic. I placed a layer of foil on the rack and brushed it lightly with oil. I baked them for 18 minutes in the air fryer. They were so delicious, light and crispy.

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