Apple Turnovers

Once again I LOVE puff pastries!! I made these for my future brother-in-law’s birthday, because I knew he liked apple/pecan desserts. They turned out so well that I made more for a family dinner we had last weekend! These little turnovers are the perfect balance of sweetness to pastry. I love delicately sweet desserts so these were right up my alley BUT you can make them more decadent by adding a caramel drizzle across the top of them.a2

 

APPLE TURNOVERS           Makes: 18

1 pkg frozen puff pastry (2 sheets inside)

2 c. Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped (2-3 medium apples)

1/2 c. chopped pecans

1/3 c. sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 tbsp. flour

1 egg

1 tbsp. almond milk

sparkling sugar for sprinkling on top

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oven to 450 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In bowl stir apples, sugar, cinnamon and flour .
  2. cut the prepared puff pastry into three pieces length wise each and cut three ways width wise each.  Making 18 squares.
  3. Spoon a little bit of the apple mixture into the middle of a square. Fold half of the square over making a triangle. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with all squares and place on the baking sheet. Mix the egg and milk together and brush the tops with the egg wash. Sprinkle with the sparkling sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.a3

That’s it! Enjoy ❤

Nutella Puff Pastry

So…I can’t consider these homemade. I didn’t make the puff pastry from scratch. I didn’t make the chocolate spread from scratch and furthermore, in my humble opinion, it’s not worth the time and effort to make puff pastries from scratch. Just buy the frozen puff pastries at your grocery store and call it good! BUT I did assemble and bake them 🙂

What I love about puff pastry desserts is the versatility in how they can be designed. All the different shapes and styles and added touches make puff pastries a fun, easy and truly beautiful dessert. I picked a basic shape for these pastries but if you look up different puff pastry shapes you will find some really pretty ones that are fairly easy to replicate. I lOVE nutella!!! but you can fill these with anything! I, personally would leave fruit for the outside as a finishing touch, but that’s because I don’t like the texture of cooked fruit in pastries.

These come out as a flaky, buttery, chocolaty treat!

 

INGREDIENTS:                    SERVES: 8

1 frozen puff pastry sheet (package will probably have two)

Small container of Nutella/Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

1 tbsp melted butter

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Allow your puff pastry to thaw in fridge for a bit then lay out on cutting board. Preheat oven to 375. Nead the seams together to make one big square.
  2. Spread nutella evenly across the pastry and then use pizza cutter to cut pastry into 8 triangles (or cut whatever way is needed to create the shape desired) n2
  3. Roll your triangle and place on a baking sheet that has been covered in parchment paper. Brush each pastry with melted butter. n3
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes or untill the pastry looks flaky and golden brown! Cool completely. n1

Tip: Puff pastries can be deceiving. You will think they are done when they are not. Trust me, wait until you see it rise and become flaky otherwise it will NOT taste as wonderful as it has the potential to taste.

 

That’s it! Enjoy ❤

 

Brownie Dip

We had a girls night a few weeks ago and I wanted to make something classic with a twist. What goes with a girls night better than chocolate?? This recipe is very easy and pairs well with lots of things. Fruit, wafers, pretzels, marshmellows, more chocolate ha! It tastes just like brownie batter!! It was a hit and is a cute treat to make for any party!!

 

Brownie Dip

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, room temp.

1/4 cup butter, room temp.

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2-3 Tbsp almond milk

5 Tbsp all-purpose flour

5 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Chocolate chips for garnish (optional) (I used mini chips)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, or mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk until creamy. Add in the flour, cocoa, brown sugar, and vanilla. Beat until creamy and smooth or until it reaches your desired consistency. (add more milk if need be)
  3. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with chocolate chips. I served mine with strawberries, vanilla wafers, pretzels and marshmellows. brownie1

That’s it!! Enjoy ❤