Thursday, September 20, 2012

Plum and Apple Turnovers with Thyme

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plum and apple turnover
plum and apple turnovers
At long last the summer haze is lifting from the city and it is being replaced by the cool crisp air of fall. I feel free to turn the oven on without fear of overheating the apartment and our cat has become a little bit more snuggly (one of my favorite parts of cool weather). Then, there is the market this time of year. The weeks during the transition from summer to fall when summer produce is still kickin', alongside apples, squash and other fall goodies are so incredibly bountiful that my market haul inevitably looks like a renaissance still life. These turnovers are a nice treat to bridge the seasons utilizing some of fall's finest apples cooked down with a few of summer's last plums and a bit of earthy thyme just for kicks.

Oh, and see that apple up there, lookin' fly? That's a mutsu, they are my favorite for baking and eating out of hand. What is your favorite apple variety?

Bonus Track: my all time, forever, favorite fall song. Autumn Sweater by Yo La Tengo.

Plum and Apple Turnovers with Thyme
yield 9 turnovers
The filling for these turnovers is on the tart side. Make sure to taste it before you fill the turnovers, you may want to add a bit more sweetness depending on your taste. If the idea of herbs in your pastry totally freaks you out, just leave out the thyme. The fruit has plenty of flavor as is.

For the Filling


1 lb tart baking apples, mutsus work great
10 ounces Italian prune plums
2-3 ounces sugar
1 tablespoon water
1tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
1 sprig fresh thyme

For the Pastry

1 lb puff pastry (about 1/2 of the recipe linked to here or one package of store bought)
1 egg for egg wash
few tablespoons of coarse sugar for sprinkling

1. Peel, core and chop the apples into 1/2'' pieces. Pit the plums and roughly chop them.
2. In a medium saute pan, cook the apples, sugar, water, lemon juice, vanilla bean seeds and pod, and the sprig of thyme over medium low heat for 3 minutes. Add in the chopped plums and cook until the fruit has softened, and the juices begin to reduce, about 7 more minutes. Set the mixture aside to cool completely. When the mixture has cooled, remove the thyme sprig and vanilla bean pod.
3. Preheat oven to 400ยบ
4. Roll the puff pastry into a roughly 15'' square. Cut the square into 9, equal squares and place the squares on a parchment lined baking sheet. Add a generous tablespoon onto each square and brush the edges with beaten egg. Fold the pastry in half diagonally and seal the edges with a fork, making sure to seal tightly. Brush the tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cut a vent in the top of each turnover and refrigerate or freeze the turnovers until firm, about 15 minutes.
5. Bake until the turnovers until they are deep golden brown, 15-20 minutes making sure to rotate the pan half way through the cooking time. Serve warm or at room temperature. These are best on the day they are made.

15 comments:

  1. this looks absolutely delicious. i can't wait till the weather gets even slightly cooler and the trees really start changing to make the drives upstate to start picking apples and pumpkins - i'll keep a special eye out for mutsus!

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  2. Love the addition of thyme to this recipe. They look amazing and I really wish I could have one right now :)

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  3. Wow, these sound so perfect for fall! I love the combination of apple with plum. I might freeze half a batch of these and then bake them up for an amazing breakfast. :)

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  4. I like a nice tart apple for eating out of hand and baking. Your turnovers look so good. I hadn't thought to combine apples and plums, but it seems like a fantastic idea!

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  5. Plums and apples. What a great summer-to-fall transition recipe!

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  6. Beautiful! I made pear turnovers this week but the bottoms were sog-city. Yours look crisp and perfect. I love Galas - they are sweet but not too sweet, and hold up so well when baked.

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  7. What a lovely combo. Never thought of putting thyme with these fruits but now you mention it ....I think I like!

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  8. Just beautiful! Plum and apple sounds like a wonderful combo. And thyme is my favorite herb but I've never tried it in a sweet recipe like this. Great idea!

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  9. Sounds like a great recipe. I froze some Italian plums while they were still available. Like the thyme seasoning, and that it's a bit tart.

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  10. Though totally obsessed with pie, I've never made a turnover. Your beautiful recipe, with thyme even, seems like an excellent reason to give turnovers a try. And I'll be keeping an eye out for mutsus–I just love all the great apple varieties in NYC.

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  11. I'd never thought of adding thyme to something sweet -- what a great idea, something I've got to try this fall!

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  12. You always post the most tempting baked goods, Yossy! Teleport one of these over for my breakfast, please?

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  13. Anytime, I have creative mood I click on your blog, and bake something !! This turnovers are just perfect !!! I´ve just taken ´em out of oven.

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  14. Just made these turnovers and they're fantastic! I added cream cheese to the fruit for half of them, also a delicious variant!

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