Tuesday, September 15, 2009

TWD - Flaky apple turnovers


We're not flaky, it's just Tuesday with Dorie time again! Our host this week is Julie from Someone's in the Kitchen, and she has selected Flaky Apple Turnovers as our Dorie challenge for this week.

The flaky pastry is a sour cream dough, and I found it really hard work. First, I add to add a significant amount of water to the dough (which is not in the recipe) to get it to a workable state. Initially, I thought that refrigeration alone would fix it, but it in fact made it worse - I ended up with crumbs that would not adhere to each other, so out came the water.

It was also a very substantial dough, making it hard work to roll out to 1/8 inch thick - in places, my turnovers were definitely thicker than that. I should have amazing biceps now! The dough was also very heat sensitive (a definite minus in humid, warm Brisvegas), becoming sticky and fragile quite quickly, so I had to work quickly and place the dough back in the fridge for a chill between re-rolls. It reminded me of the rugelach dough, although not as bad as that.

However, in the end, I conquered the dough, and lo, we have flaky apple turnovers:


And they were delicious! Here's a peek inside:



Thanks to Julie for choosing this recipe - she will have it posted on her site, or check out Dorie's book for this recipe and more like it. And do check out the
TWD blogroll to see how the other TWD bakers fared with this recipe.

Postscript: Vale Mike Leyland, who has passed away from Parkinsons disease. I grew up watching Ask the Leyland Brothers, and it is a show that always gives me warm fuzzies because it takes me back to my childhood. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

And other sad news just to hand - Patrick Swayze has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. What teenage girl wouldn't have given their right arm to dance with Johnny in Dirty Dancing?

25 comments:

Palidor said...

Rolling dough is definitely a good way to build some muscle! ;-) The turnovers look amazing. Never tried a sour cream dough before, but it looks really good!

Clivia said...

You say the dough was a problem, and yet your turnovers are flaky perfection. I think you did everything right!

Jules Someone said...

I'm sorry it was so finicky, but I'm glad you triumphed! Thanks for baking with me!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I always get concerned when I have to add a lot of liquid to pastry recipes but somehow it works in the end (although there is panic on my end!). They look lovely and flakey though! :)

Engineer Baker said...

Yay for beating the pastry! Sounds like this was a really tough one to work with, but it looks like it paid off - yours look delicious!

A_and_N said...

I didn't realize turnovers are this finicky! Is it this particular recipe or?

Tammy said...

your turnovers look delicious- but I agree, the dough wasnt as soft as I was expecting.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

since it's a lot of work...i dont think i can ever pull it off...i am not proud of this but normally i turn to uncle ronald mcdonald's apple turnover hehehe...

so sad to lose patrick swayze...but i am sure he is in a better place right now, may he rest in peace

Emily said...

I'm alllll about apple turnovers. These look great.

I know! Isn't that so sad? I used to love Dirty Dancing.

Jennifer said...

Your turnovers look scrumptious! Nicely done!!!!

Happy cook said...

Reall flaky and delcious.

Kim said...

Glad you conquered that dough. It was a total pain. I thought it was worth the effort. These were yummy. Your turnovers are perfect.

chocolatechic said...

RIP~~my beautiful Patrick...sigh...

Your turnovers are lovely. I had to add about 1/8-1/4 c. cold water to mine before it came together.

Peggy said...

The dough was not easy to work with. Mine flopped. But yours looks fantastic!! I need to try these again. great job on yours.

Talita said...

Your turnover looks fab! I'd love to give a bite!

Heather said...

Great job! I am so pleased you persevered with the dough.

Amber Marie said...

Glad they turned out well, despite the finnicky dough!

Indigo said...

Dough like this is always a nightmare in the slightest bit of warm weather. But looks like it turned out delicious!

MacDuff said...

The dough might not have come together ideally, but they look awesome! I'm totally regretting not making these...

natalia said...

Ciao ! It looks terrific even if it was so hard !!

pinkstripes said...

Your turnovers look wonderful. I'm glad you made them work.

lasinthekitchen said...

Your flaky apple turnovers look amazing! I'd love to be served the one in the first photo with all the fixings! =) Sounds like you totally owned the pie dough - it turned out really nice!

margot said...

Oh, that dough was fussy, but the end result was worth it: your turnovers look fantastic! The rugelach was my very first TWD, definitely a a good recipe to get you out of your baking comfort zone.

adele said...

These look marvellous. We're going into apple season here in New England, so I think I might give it a shot myself very soon. :)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I have always wanted to try making a sour cream dough, It always sounds heavenly when I read about it!