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Flaky Nectarine Turnovers

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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Ingredients

  • 3 firm, ripe nectarines
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbl lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbl butter, unsalted
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbl water mixed with 1 tsp cornstarch
  • pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 pound puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
  • 1 egg
  • White Sanding Sugar
  • confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut nectarines into 1/4-in cubes or slices. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of nectarines.
  2. Place in a medium saucepan with sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, butter, salt and nutmeg.
  3. Cook over medium heat until mixture bubbles and nectarines are tender.
  4. Stir in 1 Tbl water mixed with 1 tsp cornstarch and continue to cook until thick.
  5. Total cooking time, start to finish, should be about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and cool completely. Filling can be prepared ahead of time and chilled.
  7. Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Roll out thawed puff pastry on a very lightly floured surface until pastry is a large square.
  9. Use a pizza cutter to slice into quarters.
  10. Spoon 1-2 tbsp of filling into each square and fold diagonally, keeping filling away from the edges.
  11. Use a fork to crimp edges and seal.
  12. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining pastry.
  13. Stir egg with 1 Tbl water in a small bowl.
  14. When all turnovers have been made, brush with egg wash and sprinkle generously with White Sanding Sugar .
  15. Bake for about 20 minutes, until dark golden brown.
  16. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.
  17. Serve immediately.

Notes

To Flash Freeze:

Line a baking sheet lined with parchment paperl, assemble your pastries and get them placed on the baking sheet. However instead of putting them in the oven you literally put the entire tray in the freezer, uncovered. Let them freeze solid and then remove the tray from the freezer, wrap up the pastries in plastic wrap and them place in a plastic freezer bag. Mark the outside of the bag with baking times/temp and what exactly is in the bag (trust me, this helps!). So when you want a turnover but just don’t feel like making one from start to finish all you have to do is grab one of these from the freezer, plop on a baking sheet and bake away!

If baking from frozen, bake for 10-15 minutes at 400F, then reduce the oven temperature to 350F and continue to bake until pastries are dark golden brown.

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