Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/2 inch (.5 cm) chunks. Place in
a saucepan, along with the water, sugar, and ground cinnamon. Stirring
occasionally, cook over medium heat, until the apples are tender (but
not mushy) when pierced with a sharp knife. (This will take about 10
minutes.) Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, cover, and place
in the refrigerator until the apple filling has chilled (about one
hour). You can make the apple filling a day ahead.
Puff Pastry: On a
lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a rectangle that is
slightly larger than 9 x 13.5 inches (23 x 34.5 cm). With a sharp
knife or pizza wheel, trim the four edges of the puff pastry. Next,
divide the pastry into 6 - 4.5 inch (11 cm) squares. Place the squares
of puff pastry on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic
wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill until firm (about 15-30
Working with one square of puff pastry at a time, brush the edges of
the pastry with egg wash. Place about 1 tablespoon of the apple
filling in the center of the pastry. Take one corner of the pastry and
fold it diagonally over the apple filling to form a triangle. Press
the edges together to seal the pastry. Then with a bamboo skewer make
a decorative edge by pressing the pastry inwards between two fingers
(see video). Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the
remaining squares of puff pastry. Then brush the tops
of the apple turnovers with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar (if
desired). Cut two small slits in the pastry.
Cover and place in the
refrigerator while you Preheat your oven to 400
degress F (200 degrees C).
Place the apple
turnovers in the oven. Immediately reduce your oven temperature to 350
degrees F (180 degrees C) if using a convection oven. Or reduce the
oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) if using a regular
oven. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
The unbaked apple turnovers can be frozen. Place the turnovers in a
single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until frozen. Then transfer
to a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for up to two
months. The turnovers can be baked directly from the freezer. They
will take a few minutes longer to bake.
Makes 6 Apple Turnovers.