Old-Fashioned Apple Turnover Recipe with Puff Pastry and Apricot Jam

Old-Fashioned Apple Turnover Recipe with Puff Pastry

➡️ Searching for easy old-fashioned apple turnover recipes? You don’t need to look further because on this webpage, you’ll find out how to make jam and apple turnovers or apple strudel. Apple strudel is probably the most famous Austrian cake, but the gastronomy of this country has many other tasty cakes with this fragrant and juicy fruit.

➡️ I’m a big fan of old-fashioned recipes, but sometimes I don’t have time to prepare classic recipes, especially those that call for homemade dough. Therefore, I often adapt such cake recipes for commercial doughs and a good example is the apple turnover recipe I share on this page. My easy puff pastry strudel recipe enables you to prepare old-fashioned apple turnovers filled with apricot jam and fresh apples.

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Homemade Apple Puff Pastry Turnovers from Scratch

➡️ Baking my apple cake is child’s play even for those with no experience in making homemade cakes since they don’t have to make the dough but just unpack it and use it as described. Watch the cake-baking video below and learn how to make puff pastry apple turnovers from scratch using a yummy and easy apple turnover recipe with apricot jam!

Old-Fashioned Apple Turnover Recipe with Puff Pastry

Old-Fashioned Apple Turnovers with Puff Pastry

As I walked into my grandmother's kitchen, the aroma of freshly baked apple turnovers greeted me, instantly transporting me back to my childhood. The memories of warm, flaky pastries filled with sweet, spiced apples flooded my mind, and I couldn't help but smile. Today, I want to share with you my beloved recipe for old-fashioned apple turnovers with puff pastry, a delightful treat that captures the essence of homemade comfort and indulgence.
The magic begins with the puff pastry, a delicate and buttery dough that puffs up into light, airy layers when baked. The contrast between the crisp, golden exterior and the tender, cinnamon-spiced apples inside is simply irresistible. Each bite is like a warm hug, evoking a sense of nostalgia and creating moments of pure bliss.
Preparing these apple turnovers is a labor of love, but the effort is well worth it. From the moment you start rolling out the puff pastry to the satisfying moment when you take the first bite of the freshly baked turnovers, the entire process is a journey of anticipation and excitement. It's a chance to connect with the time-honored tradition of baking and to create something truly special.
Now, let's delve into the secrets of creating perfect old-fashioned apple turnovers. Alongside the recipe, I'll share five invaluable tips that will elevate your baking experience and ensure your turnovers turn out wonderfully every time. Get ready to embark on a delicious adventure and savor the comforting flavors of homemade apple turnovers.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 8 servings


  • 9/250 oz/g sweet apples
  • fresh juice from half a lemon
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 28/800 oz/g puff pastry from the store (2 sheets x 400 g/14 oz)
  • 1 egg, separated into yolk and white
  • 2/50 oz/g apricot jam
  • powdered sugar for garnish (recommended)


  • peel the apples, remove the stubs and seeds, then cut them into small cubes.
  • put the cubed apples into a bowl, then add lemon juice, spices, and honey.
  • mix the ingredients well and wait about 5 minutes for the aromas to enter the apple.
  • meanwhile, cut out circular shapes of dough with a diameter of about 10-12 cm/4-5 inches.
  • notch each piece of dough like in the video.
  • on each piece of dough, brush an egg white stripe on the edge with about 1-2 cm/0.4-0.8 inches of wideness.
  • put a teaspoon of apricot jam on each piece of dough on the side without notches.
  • put 2 teaspoons of apple cubes over the jam, then bend the notched part of the dough over the filling.
  • press the dough on the edge with a fork to join the sheets and do not leak the filling during baking.
  • put the filled dough pieces on a baking tray coated with baking paper.
  • brush all pastry turnovers on top with egg yolk, then place the tray in the preheated oven at 180 C/360 F and bake until golden (20-25 minutes or according to your oven).
  • remove tray out the oven and wait for the cake to cool to room temperature.
  • sprinkle some powdered sugar over turnovers before serving (recommended.)


Preparation Tips for the Best Results:
  1. Chill the puff pastry: Before working with the puff pastry, make sure it’s thoroughly chilled. This helps maintain the butter’s structure and prevents the dough from becoming too soft. A cold pastry is easier to handle and results in a flakier texture.
  2. Prepare the apple filling with care: Select firm apples that hold their shape well, like Granny Smith or Braeburn. Peel, core, and dice the apples into small, uniform pieces to ensure even cooking. Toss the apples with a touch of lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg for a delightful flavor profile.
  3. Work efficiently when assembling: When placing the apple filling onto the puff pastry squares, aim for the center, leaving a border around the edges. This space will allow you to fold the pastry over and seal the turnovers effectively. Take care not to overfill, as it can lead to leaks and messy turnovers.
  4. Seal the edges securely: To ensure the turnovers stay intact during baking, press the edges of the pastry together firmly with your fingers or a fork. This creates a tight seal, preventing the filling from escaping and ensuring a beautifully formed turnover.
  5. Allow the turnovers to cool slightly: As tempting as it may be to dive right into the freshly baked turnovers, it’s best to let them cool for a few minutes before indulging. This brief resting period allows the filling to set and prevents it from spilling out when you take a bite. Plus, it gives the flavors a chance to meld together, enhancing the overall taste.
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FAQs about Old-Fashioned Apple Turnovers with Puff Pastry

What is a puff pastry?

A puff pastry is a light, flaky dough made by repeatedly folding and rolling layers of butter into a basic dough. When baked, the butter creates steam, which causes the dough to puff up and form distinct layers.

Can I use store-bought puff pastry for this apple turnover recipe?

Yes, you can use store-bought puff pastry for convenience. Look for a high-quality brand that uses real butter for the best results. Thaw the pastry according to the package instructions before using it in the recipe.

Can I make the turnovers ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the turnovers ahead of time and bake them later. Once assembled, place the turnovers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover them with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator, brush with egg wash, and bake as directed.

Can I freeze the turnovers?

Yes, you can freeze the turnovers before baking. After assembling the turnovers, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze until firm. Then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to bake, simply place the frozen turnovers on a baking sheet, brush with egg wash, and bake for a few minutes longer than the original baking time.

How should I store the baked turnovers?

If you have any leftovers, allow the turnovers to cool completely, then store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To reheat, place the turnovers in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes until warmed through.

Can I use other fruits instead of apples?

Certainly! While the recipe calls for apples, you can experiment with other fruits such as pears, peaches, or berries. Just make sure to adjust the amount of sugar and spices according to the fruit you choose.

Can I add additional spices or flavors to the apple filling?

Absolutely! Feel free to add a pinch of nutmeg, cloves, or ginger to the apple filling for extra warmth and complexity of flavors. You can also incorporate raisins or chopped nuts for added texture and taste.

Can I make mini turnovers instead of regular-sized ones?

Yes, you can make smaller turnovers by cutting the puff pastry into smaller squares and adjusting the amount of filling accordingly. Keep in mind that the baking time may be slightly shorter for mini turnovers, so keep an eye on them while they bake.

Can I serve the turnovers with a sauce or glaze?

While apple turnovers are delicious on their own, you can certainly serve them with a drizzle of caramel sauce, a dusting of powdered sugar, or a simple glaze made with powdered sugar and a touch of milk. It adds an extra touch of sweetness and enhances the presentation.

Related Apple Turnover Recipes and Culinary Articles

➡️ Enjoy making puff pastry apple turnover recipes from scratch! If you need additional info, read more about apple strudel origins here. Also, I recommend more apple strudel recipes such as German apple strudel, apple turnovers with puff pastry, old-fashioned apple cake with poppy seeds, and more.

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