“I need a pastry!”…Apple, Craisin & Brie Turnovers

Apple, Craisin & Brie Turnovers

My best friend and I have an inside joke to let the other one know when we are having a rough time in life. Years back when we were roommates, we would often find ourselves navigating through Big-D {where we lived at the time} on the hunt for a good pastry. This was before the days of cupcake shops on the corner of every trendy shopping strip. We would drive and drive until we stumbled upon somewhere that looked like it would have something to satisfy our sweet tooth, often times ending up at the grocery store to buy a stale and much too sugary cupcake from their bakery. Somehow this became our comfort food and anytime we were having a rough day we would simply tell the other “I need a pastry.” We didn’t always go looking for sweets; it just became our line often followed by giggles, which always alleviated some of the grief we were holding on to when life got tough.  Now, years later, when we talk on the phone this line still comes out every once in a while…and is still met with laughter. Now I know it’s not only a pastry that can mend {pardon the drama} a weary soul, but the inside jokes only our best friend will understand.

This recipe is for you, Amy!!!
{Just leave out the nuts for the little guy…no need to go into anaphylactic shock for pastry time, lol!}

Ingredients:
1 package {2 sheets} frozen puff pastry
1 can apple pie filling
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup craisins
About 8oz brie cheese
*Optional:
1/2 pecans
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons butter

Directions:
Thaw the puff pastry {takes about 45 minutes.}
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl combine the apple pie filling, brown sugar, apple pie spice, and cinnamon. Using a knife coarsely chop the large apple slices into smaller pieces. Add the craisins and stir to combine all ingredients.
Unroll the first sheet of pastry. Cut each sheet into four equal sized squares. Place about 1/4 cup of the apple filling in the center of each square.

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Top each with about 1oz of brie. Fold one corner of the pastry square to meet up with its opposite corner of pastry and press to seal. Then, press the pastry together on sides. Using a fork, make little notches along the edge of each pastry to ensure it will stay sealed during baking. Cut a small slit on the top of each pastry to let steam escape while baking.

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Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until golden. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

*I placed the pecans, honey and butter in a mug and microwaved them for about 45 seconds to thin the honey and melt the butter, then stirred to coat the pecans evenly. I then placed an equal amount on top of each pastry and baked. The pecans got a little too overdone during baking, so I would recommend {if you want to do this step} to add the pecan mixture to the top of the pastries about halfway through the cooking time and popping them back in the oven to finish. Another option would be to eliminate this step but still add the pecans to the apple mixture before filling the pastries.

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Alternatively, you can also make these bite sized for a brunch or to serve as an hors d’oeurves by cutting the pastry into 12 squares as shown below {3 were out of the picture.}

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Finished hors d’oeuvres:

Mini Apple, Crasin & Brie Turnovers

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