You'll love these delicious, bakery-style vegan apple turnovers. Flaky puff pastry filled with sweet apples and warm spices. It is quick and easy to make and a perfectly delightful treat any time of the day.
Please welcome another tasty and guilt-free dessert on my blog. If you follow me on any social media platform, you know I'm not a dessert girl. But since I am using puff pastry for my recipes, my life has become much easier. Puff pastry is the right answer to make something quick, easy, satisfying, and more importantly, DELICIOUS, whether it's a sweet or savoury recipe.
Last time, I shared my Easy Puff Pastry Fruit Tart recipe with you, and at the same time, I was already testing these Apple Turnovers ( alongside another sweet puff pastry recipe ); I just had to make it perfect. And now I am super excited to share the recipe with you!
These bakery-style vegan apple turnovers are so easy to make. I don't even know why I never tried to make it before. I LOVE apple pie, which is very similar to this dessert, so when I made my fruit tart, I knew it was only the beginning of my pastry love journey. Since then, I have thought about sweet and savoury recipes using puff pastry because this little one is an absolute lifesaver.
And if I can tell you a secret, I was thinking about opening my little pastry shop or going to events because I want to show the world how delicious they are.
Vegan Apple Turnovers
These Vegan Apple turnovers with puff pastry are a delightful and classic dessert pastry made with flaky puff pastry dough and a delicious apple filling.
The apple filling is a simple yet divine mixture of diced apples, sugar, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, a touch of lemon juice and vanilla extract. So easy!
Whether you're a seasoned baker or a beginner like me, making apple turnovers is surprisingly simple and easy to make. It's perfect for any occasion and can be served as a dessert or a sweet addition to breakfast or brunch.
Why you will love this recipe
- Easy to make
- Quick to make
- Minimal ingredients
- Perfect for any occasion
What you will need to make these Vegan Apple Turnovers
- Apples - I used Granny Smith apples for this recipe, but you can use any type of apples you prefer.
- Puff pastry - The star of the show.
- Vegan butter - To cook the apples.
- Granulated sugar - For the sweetness. You can use brown sugar or other sweetener instead, if you prefer.
- Lemon juice - It provides a bright and tangy flavour to the apples. It also helps slow this oxidation process, keeping the apples in the filling looking fresh and delicious.
- Cinnamon and nutmeg - For the extra flavours.
- Cornstarch ( optional ) - Helps to absorb the excess moisture released by the apples as they cook.
For the full recipe and quantities, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
How to make Vegan Apple Turnovers
- Firstly, preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F ) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Peel, core, and chop the apples into small pieces.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped apples, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender but not mushy.
- When the apples are tender, remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let the apple filling cool to room temperature. Do not add it to the pastry straight away because your pastry won't be flaky otherwise, and it will be difficult to work with.
- Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface into a square or rectangle. Then cut the pastry into smaller squares or rectangles, depending on your desired turnovers.
- Spoon a generous amount of the cooled apple filling onto half of each pastry square, leaving a small border around the edges. Make sure you don't overfill them. Brush the edges with a mixture of dairy-free milk and turmeric.
- Fold the other half of the pastry square over the apple filling to create a triangle. Use a fork to press the edges firmly together and seal the turnovers.
- Place the turnovers on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with the mixture of dairy-free milk and turmeric to give them a golden brown colour when baked. And lastly, with a knife cut a steam hole into the top of each turnover.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the turnovers are puffed and golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let the turnovers cool for a few minutes.
Dust the turnovers with powdered sugar before serving. Serve it with ice cream, whipped cream or on its own. ENJOY!
Before storing, make sure the turnovers have completely cooled to room temperature. Transfer the cooled turnovers to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for 3-4 days. Please note that the tart will lose its crispiness. It still will be delicious, though 🙂
If you want to keep the turnovers longer, they can be stored in the freezer for up to 1-2 months.
To enjoy the stored turnovers, reheat them in a preheated oven at 175°C ( 350°F ) for about 5-10 minutes or until they are warm and crisp. If reheating from frozen, you may need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time.
Tips and tricks
- Don't Overfill: Avoid overstuffing the turnovers with the apple filling, as this can lead to leaks during baking. Usually, I'm cooking 4 Granny Smith apples and making six turnovers with them.
- Use Store-Bought Puff Pastry: Store-bought vegan puff pastry saves time and effort. Just ensure it's labelled as vegan, as some brands might contain dairy products. Luckily, here in the UK, almost every puff pastry is vegan.
- Let the Filling Cool: Allow the cooked apple filling to cool to room temperature before assembling the turnovers. This ensures the puff pastry stays flaky and doesn't become soggy.
- Thicken the Filling: Use cornstarch to thicken the apple filling. This will prevent it from becoming too watery and help maintain the texture of the turnovers.
Yes, you can prepare the apple filling ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Just let it cool to room temperature before filling the turnovers.
Absolutely! Feel free to get creative and add other fruits like pears or berries to the filling for a unique twist on traditional apple turnovers.
You can use gluten-free puff pastry and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free to make gluten-free vegan apple turnovers.
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