Having people like you sounds nice, doesn’t it? Why wouldn’t you want everyone to like you, regardless of whether YOU even like THEM? In the field of behavorial science, they might call it compulsive approval-seeking. In the field of dessert science we call it baking! Making three dozen apple turnovers for your co-workers may sound a little excessive, but we just think it sounds nice.
This recipe is technically quite easy and straightforward. Like individual apple pies, the main ingredients are puff pastry and – you guessed it – apples. We don’t expect you to make your own puff pastry; ain’t nobody got time for that! Also making puff pastry is reserved for the most advanced dessert scientists, and you’re not quite there yet.
While your completely legit frozen puff pastry thaws, pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius and grab about 3 or 4 apples. Peel and dice them into little cubes. If you’re making this in advance, place the apple bits in a large bowl, add some lemon juice and add cold water until all the pieces are covered. If you’r ready to get bakin’ right away, melt a couple tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan. Add the diced apples, cook and stir for a couple minutes. Add 200 grams of brown sugar and a few pinches of cinnamon, cook and stir for about two more minutes. Mix 1 tbs cornstarch and 1 tbs water; add to the sauce pan and stir. Keep cooking for another couple of minutes until the sauce thickens. Your mixture is either too runny or too thick, add water and/or cornstarch accordingly. Let your apple sauce cool.
Speaking of thickness, you may want to either roll out or cut your sheets of puff pastry into squares big enough to fit a spoonful of apple in the middle. Depending on the shape you’re going for, your individual little puff pastry sheets can be square (makes a triangle shape) or rectangular (makes a rectangular shape, duh). Either way, pierce the dough with a fork to prevent soggy disasters. Brush the edges of the dough with a beaten egg, and fold. Use that same fork to press and seal the edges together. Brush over them again with some egg. Repeat until you are out of either puff pastry or apple.
Now here comes the part that may seem a little overwhelming. If you’re baking three dozen of these little pieces of heaven and you only have a tiny oven, it’s going to take forever. Each tray will take about 20 minutes to bake, and depending on the size of your oven, you could end up doing this for like 2 hours. You may or may not panic about halfway through, thinking that it was HUBRIS to believe you could make all those little apple turnovers on a sunday night, but stay calm. Curl your hair, read a book, learn accounting – whatever. The apple turnovers don’t own you – you own them! You do you, boo. (In 20 minute intervals.)