Winter doesn't offer the same kind of variety of fruit to choose from that other seasons do, but one thing that most people can get their hands on locally in the cooler months are a wide array of apples. One can often find my kids munching away on an apple or two at breakfast time or as their dessert after dinner, but they also get super excited about these delectable Apple Pie Turnovers.
These handheld turnovers aren't anything like the baked apple pies made with stuff like palm oil and high fructose corn syrup that you got as a kid from at McDonald's (and probably loved in spite of what they put in them). These Apple Pie Turnovers are made with cubes of fresh apples, ground cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar which gives them a yummy caramel flavor. You can even freeze a few so that all you have to do whenever you are craving one (or two) is pop them in the oven and within 20 minutes you'll have a applicious treat to warm you up in winter or make everyone jealous come spring!
1 large apple, peeled, cored & diced (about 1 cup)
2. Toss the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
3. Roll your pie crust to 1/4 inch thick, or if you are using pre-made pie crust, just unroll it on a parchment-lined or floured surface.
4. Take one 4-inch round cookie cutter (or the top of a drinking glass) and cut out circles out of the pie crust.
5. Place 2 teaspoons of the apple mixture in the center of the circle.
6. Brush some egg yolk on the edge of one side of half the circle.
7. Bring both sides of the circle up to the center, similar to a taco, and seal both edges together.
8. Lay the turnover on to its side and use the tines of a fork to seal the edges.
9. Continue to make the remaining turnovers.
10. Use a toothpick to poke 3-4 holes in the top of each turnover and brush with the yolk wash.
*11. Bake for 18 minutes.
12. Cool and serve
*Apple Pie Turnovers can be placed on baking sheets in the freezer for one hour and then placed in labeled containers for freezing up to 3 months. When ready to bake, bake for 20 minutes in oven at 425° F.