We visited my parents on Sunday and after we left their house, we drove further south to a small apple orchard. We used to visit this orchard when we lived closer. It’s my kind of orchard. The focus is on the important things – apples and cider! They keep bowls of washed apples so if you want to try out an apple before you buy some, you can. They also give out samples of their cider. I bought some cider, Golden Delicious apples, and Jonathan apples. Their prices are great and I paid $7.50 for a 1/2 bushel of Jonathan apples! These are first run apples, not pick-outs! Yipppeee!
I plan on making some turnovers soon with puff pastry. This time I made them with pie crust dough. I used the recipe from The Compassionate Cook Cookbook. For the filling, I used my family’s recipe for apple pie filling. I prebaked the filling for 30 minutes because the filling will not cook down enough if put directly into the turnovers. I rolled out the dough, cut it into squares, added the filling, and closed it by crimping the edges with a fork. I also made cuts on top for steam vents. I baked the turnovers for about 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
I gave Rob and my family the nicest looking turnovers (ones that were symmetrical and came to a point). I took the “runt” of the turnovers. I had mine with a glass of mulled cider (heat the cider, steep it with some Penzeys’ mulling spices, then strain it into your mug). The Fire King mug pictured is an estate sale find from last year. I love how some of the FK mugs start with a dark color on the bottom and fade to lighter shades towards the top.
I also wanted to mention a nifty site that just started up. It’s called Vegan Dinner and they want to try 365 new vegan meals in 365 days. They are off to a delicious start and I already have my eye on a recipe or two to try 😀 Be sure to check out the site!!!