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Blackberry-Apple Turnovers

Alexandra Grablewski

Yield: Yields twelve.

With a dense crispness and a high sugar-to-acid ratio, Pink Lady apples are ideal for these pies. Even when tender, they hold their shape and retain some firmness, for a nice contrast to the juicy, collapsed berries.


For the dough

  • 11-1/4 oz. (2-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 6 oz. (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces
  • 6 oz. cold cream cheese, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

For the filling

  • 6 oz. (1-1/4 cups) blackberries, halved
  • 1 large Pink Lady apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

For assembly

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • Granulated sugar

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 350
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 190
  • Fat (g): 21
  • Saturated Fat (g): 13
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 75
  • Sodium (mg): 125
  • Carbohydrates (g): 38
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 4


Make the dough

  • Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and cream cheese and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 pulses. Add the cream and pulse, pausing to scrape the bowl once or twice, just until the dough starts to come together, 8 to 10 pulses more. Do not overprocess. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface, gather it together, and pat it into a rectangle. Wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.

    When ready to bake, position racks in the bottom and top thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment.

    On a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 13×18-inch rectangle. Be sure to loosen the dough several times and reflour underneath so it doesn’t stick. Trim the edges straight to form a 12×16-inch rectangle and cut the dough into twelve 4-inch squares. Put six squares on each baking sheet.

Make the filling

  • In a medium bowl, lightly toss the blackberries, apple, brown sugar, flour, allspice, and salt until combined.

Assemble and bake the turnovers

  • In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk with 1 tsp. water. Brush the outer edges of each dough square with egg wash. Spoon 2 rounded Tbs. of the filling into the center of each square. Bring the points together into a triangular shape, pressing to seal the edges. Lightly brush the top of each turnover with egg wash and sprinkle with a scant 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar. With the tip of a paring knife, cut a steam vent in the center of the top crust of each turnover.

    Bake until the turnovers are browned and the filling is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes, swapping and rotating the baking sheets’ positions about halfway through baking. (Don’t worry if juice leaks out.)

    Transfer the baking sheets to racks and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then loosen the turnovers with an offset spatula and cool completely on the sheets. The turnovers are best the day they’re made.


Cup a dough square in one hand to create a triangular pocket. Fill the dough with your other hand, pull the corners up to form a triangle, and pinch to seal.


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Reviews (10 reviews)

  • CBJ80 | 09/02/2020

    These are fantastic. I use blueberries instead and add some grated lemon zest!

  • CBJ80 | 09/02/2020

    These are fantastic. I use blueberries instead, and add some grated lemon zest!

  • WifeyP | 12/31/2016

    Excellent! This is my favorite new dessert. If you don't want the fuss of making your own dough, puff pastry sheets work well, too!

  • ocean2bz | 09/15/2014

    Excellent crust recipe. Everyone in my family thought it was the best turnover crust that I have made so far. I made a peach filling since they are in season. Huge hit in my family. Thank you Fine Cooking!!!

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