Cherry Peach Turnovers
July 13, 2018 by Nicole Collins
Sometimes, things that aren't on the agenda turn out WAY better than the things that are!
I had one of those experiences this past weekend.
You see, on Saturday, I had big plans of lots of chores with high productivity. I had some recipes to test. I had some blog work I wanted to catch up on. I needed to cut the grass. I wanted to get some things together for a DIY kitchen project I'm about to start. (← More on that later!) And then, I was going to reward myself with a movie that I picked up from the library to finish off the night.
But then, on Friday night while I was having dinner with my mama; I got a text asking me if I wanted to take a road trip to Hershey Park (an hour and a half away) on Saturday.
Now, I've got a friend that lives in the Hershey area, and we tried last month to make a trip up to see her. But unfortunately, all of the planning in the world can't stop a well thought out plan from being rained out.
The thing is though, is that I NEED to have a plan so I can mentally prepare myself for a long drive ahead or so I can schedule my chores in a way that allows me a play day. And, 12 hours notice was not enough planning time for me.
That's just one of my things! I'm a planner! I can't help myself!
So, my first instinct when I got the text was “no”. Why? Because, I didn't have room for that trip in my carefully planned out weekend.
But, I looked at the weather forecast, saw a temperature that couldn't have been more perfect for a day outside, found out my friend in Hershey was free even on short notice, and I made a game time decision to abandon my responsibilities and take a road trip!
And, I'M SO GLAD I DID!
The weather was pure perfection. We had SOOOOOO much fun! We rode rides that I haven't ridden in probably 10 years. We got plenty of exercise walking around the park while working on our tans. And, we got to meet up with our friend for dinner before sending us on our way back home. Plus, there was chocolate!
I can't imagine any better way to spend the day than with old friends in such a jovial place. And, I found a way to take care of the urgent chores on Sunday.
Today's recipe was not on the original agenda either.
I had solid plan when I went to the farmer's market a few weekends ago; but when the produce speaks to you, you listen!
I just couldn't ignore the gorgeous cherries or the sweet smell of fresh peaches at every turn of the market. They were so “not on the agenda” that I actually ran out of cash at the market, because I purposely only brought a conservative amount of money (since I pretty much have no self control); and I had to borrow a dollar from my friend so I could get those luscious peaches!
And even though I didn't walk in to the market with a plan on what to do with peaches or cherries, I sure did walk out of the market with one! So today, we're making Cherry Peach Turnovers!
Turnovers may seem fancy schmancy, but they're actually really easy to throw together.
We start by dicing some peaches, halving some cherries, and tossing them with a little brown sugar, lemon juice, and a tiny pinch of cinnamon. The fruit mix is just perfectly sweet. The lemon juice helps to cut the sweetness just enough, while the cinnamon adds a background spicy kiss that highlights the natural flavors of the peaches and cherries without turning this in to a cinnamon dessert. I chose to peel my peaches before I diced them, but you don't have to if you don't want to. Your choice!
After we let our fruit mix sit for a few minutes to help the flavors blend, we're going to stuff it in some store bought puff pastry. I've heard that making puff pastry from scratch is a pretty labor intensive process; and honestly, I'm just fine with leaving that job to Pepperidge Farm. So, grab some puff pastry from the freezer section at the grocery store, and save yourself hours of work.
The pastry gets a quick brush of eggwash to help it get nice and shiny and golden. Then, we cut a few little slits on the top of the pastry to help the steam escape so our turnovers don't explode in the oven. We bake them for about 15 minutes. And, that's it! Don't forget to give them a little dusting of powdered sugar on top, for good measure.
These are perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack, dessert...whatever! They're sweet, and buttery, and flaky, and mmm mmm good. Not bad for a treat that comes together in less than 30 minutes!
Sometimes, I need to remember that I don't need to be in “control freak” mode 24/7, and impromptu road trips and brunch pastries are the perfect way to remind me!
So, do something that not on the agenda today...like make some Cherry Peach Turnovers, maybe?!?
Enjoy, and let's eat!
Cherry Peach Turnovers
Serves: 4 Print
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
1 cup sweet cherries, pitted and halved
1 cup diced peaches (about 2 peaches)
½ tbsp lemon juice
1 ½ tbsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 egg, well beaten
powdered sugar, for serving
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. In a small mixing bowl, add cherries, peaches, lemon juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Gently toss to combine. Set aside for 10-15 mins.
On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to shape puff pastry sheet in to a square. This will only take a few rolls in both directions. Cut pastry in to 4 squares. Drain any excess liquid from the mixed fruit. Place fruit filling in the center of each square (about a ¼ cup per square). Fold the pastry diagonally over the fruit in to a triangle shape. Use a fork to seal the edges. Carefully transfer the turnovers to prepared baking sheet.
Add a splash of water (about 1 tsp) to the well beaten egg, and beat with a fork to combine it with the egg. Use a pastry brush to brush egg wash over the top of each turnover. Use a sharp knife to cut 3 slits in the middle of each pastry. Bake for 15-17 mins until pastry is golden brown. Dust with a sprinkle of powdered sugar before serving, if desired.
*This is the silicone baking mat I use. It's no stick, super easy to clean, and such a great tool to have when you're baking!
*I chose to peel my peaches before dicing them, but you may choose to leave the skin on, if you'd like.
*Make sure you get sweet cherries and not sour ones. Or get ready to pucker up!
*2 sheets of puff pastry come in a pack, so you could double the fruit mix and make 8 turnovers if you're serving these at a brunch. You shouldn't need any more egg wash.
*Use a small sieve to get a pretty dusting of powdered sugar.
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