Monday

turnovers


we saw this pear at the market and just couldn't resist his perfect shape and adorable dried leaves - isn't he cute? we bought a few extra and headed home with only a pear portrait in mind. so now what? this recipe from molly inspired me to make an incredibly easy & dangerously delicious little pastry. it's amazing what a little puff pastry can do! this is a great recipe to use with any extra fruit you have on hand (like apples & cinnamon), although watch out for very "wet" fruits making a soggy pastry. a pear turnover & a cup of stumptown coffee is a wonderful way to being your day. (we're currently working out way through latin america!)

Pear Turnovers
makes 9

1 1/2 lbs. firm pears, peeled, cored & cut into 1-inch pieces
1/8 cup water
2-3 tbs sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 package frozen puff pastry (this is our favorite), thawed
1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp water
2 tbs demerara or turbinado sugar
place pears, water, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. cook for about 5 minutes or until pears are very tender but not too mushy. you can add a few tablespoons of water if the mixture is much too dry. remove from heat and stir in cardamom. cool completely.
preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. roll out puff pastry into a 15-inch square. cut pastry into nine 5-inch squares. place a generous tablespoon of filling in center of each square and lightly brush the edges of pastry with beaten egg. fold half of pastry square over the filling to form a triangle and press the edges firmly with fingertips to seal tightly. brush the top of pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar. using a sharp knife, make 3 small slits on the top of each triangle to allow steam to escape. place triangles on baking sheets and refrigerate 15 minutes. bake turnovers until beginning to color, 15 minutes. reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking until golden brown, 10-15 minutes longer. serve slightly warm or at room temperature. enjoy!

21 comments:

Nisrine@Dinners and Dreams said...

What a gorgeous picture of the pear. I love apple turnovers but never had them with pear.

Louise said...

funny how inspiration comes... i bought a red plate and a bowl this weekend, still antsy to use it. lovely :)

Susan said...

I love pears; they're highly underrated for desserts. I'm happy to see them in a turnover.

Camila said...

my god, this is making me so hungry.
I love apple turnovers as well but never tried with pear. I might take out the cardamom (never been much of a fan, maybe replace with cinnamon?) and take out the egg also to make it vegan. Hopefully they'll still turn out as good as yours look!

FashionFoodfatale said...

I can't think of a lovelier way to start the day Thankyou for the inspiration.

Fraiche Ash said...

Oh my Gosh!!! That pear is so dang pretty!

rebekka said...

That pear really is perfect.

Lila said...

mmmm....It looks so flaky, juicy and delicious!
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

Chelsea said...

That's truly a perfect pear. I have never thought of pears in baked goodies, but this sounds really good (and looks good as well).

jenniferashley said...

wow....your photographs are absolutely beautiful! i am a photographer as well- and i could learn a few tips from you, it seems! check out my blog, if you get a chance:) http://renaissancekitchen.blogspot.com

Janet and Rachel said...

I love love love these dual photos! What a great concept for food and photos. And this looks particularly yummy.

Dana said...

Pear turnovers sound dreamy. Pears are quite possibly my favorite fruit, these would probably kick an apple turnover's butt.

Indie.Tea said...

O, those sound delicious and ever-so-simple. I love cardamom and pears too...so this recipe sounds perfect!

Epiventures said...

Lovin' the picture of the pear! Do you do any Photoshop work with these beautiful photos?

Natalie said...

so yummy! thanks for always sharing such wonderful things with us. xoxo, natty

trisarahtops38 said...

These look so delicious! I can't wait to try out this recipe! Just found your site and I'm enjoying looking through all of your old posts! Beautiful pictures!! :)

seamus o'conner said...

The picture of the pear is absolutely perfect. The green is wonderful. Bravvissimo.

diva in training said...

You're right, the pear is quite lovely! Just stumbled on your site from canelle et vanille and found a treasure. I'll be sure to follow and feast with my eyes.

LimeCake said...

holy moley pears are everywhere in Australia right now. this is the perfect winter treat. any excuse to crank up the oven. i'm bookmarking this for the weekend!

Visually Inspired said...

yumm! :)

Amelia PS said...

what a wonderful fall dessert!