Fall is a great time to break out the comfort food. The weather is getting cooler and spookier and a person just wants something to make them feel happy and at home. Pumpkin is seldom used in turnover recipes but it is a fresh flavor to the traditional apple turnover and is easy to make using ready-to-use pastry dough from the supermarket.
Riverhead, L.I. is filled with farms and fall festivals with fresh pumpkins for sale by the garden full. And while, there’s no shortage of ready made pumpkin pies and tarts and pureed pumpkin at the store, fresh pumpkin for other desserts is not readily available unless, you buy or pick the pumpkin, yourself.
It’s always good to pick up a couple of extra pumpkins and use them for fall and holiday recipes. Pumpkin slices or chopped fresh pumpkin can be stored in the freezer for a couple of months and used throughout the holidays for desserts and side dishes. It’s also apple picking season and sliced apples also hold up well in the freezer, to be used during the holiday season. This recipe includes chopped pumpkin and apple.
- 2 cups chopped pumpkin
- 1 cup chopped apple
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 tbl maple syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
Filling: Chop 2 cups of fresh pumpkin into bite sized pieces. Chop one large apple into bite size pieces, approximately 1 cup. Place apple and pumpkin into a bowl and add 1/2 cup raisins, maple syrup, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix and put into microwave for 3 minutes. This will allow all the flavors to blend and the pumpkin to soften.
Dough: To make life easier, we’ll use a store bought pastry dough, which typically comes in two medium size sheets which should be cut into four pieces, making a total of eight turnovers.
Sprinkle flat surface with flour. Place pastry sheet on floured surface and cut into four equal pieces. Do the same for the second sheet.
Turnovers: Fill each pastry square with 1 large tablespoon of filling. Wet edges of pastry square with water and fold over into a triangle, pressing down on edges so turnover does not open in oven. Repeat for each turnover. Bake for 20 minutes or until the turnovers are lightly browned. Serve warm or cold. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar before serving.
In about 30 – 45 minutes, you can have freshly made turnovers.