Tuesday, July 5, 2016

National WHAT Day?

Did you know?
That Today, July 5 is celebrated as National Apple Turnover Day?

Says Who?
It's listed on the National Day Calendar website, which is full of unusual, forgotten and newly-created celebrations.

This American treat was first "discovered" in the 19h century. The process of making an apple turnover is simple. The pastry is made by putting apple filling onto dough, folding it over, sealing it and then baking. You can use either freshly cut or canned apples. They can also be fried. It's celebrated by making and/or eating an apple turnover. Or, skip the baking part and find a bakery or super market that has them already made.Enjoy.

Apple Turnover Recipe

  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 4C water
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled cored, sliced
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP cornstarch
  • 1 TBSP water
  • 1 C confectioner's sugar
  • 1 TBSP milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

  1. Combine lemon and 4 cups water in a large bowl. Place sliced apples in water to keep them from browning.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain water from apples, and place them into the hot skillet. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes. Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Pour into skillet, and mix well. Cook for another minute, or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Unfold puff pastry sheets, and repair any cracks by pressing them back together. Trim each sheet into a square. Then cut each larger square into 4 smaller squares. Spoon apples onto the center of each squares. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal. Place turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven, until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned. Cool completely before glazing.
  6. To make glaze, mix together confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Adjust thickness by adding more sugar or milk if necessary. Drizzle glaze over cooled turnovers.
IF you don't like Apple Turnovers, don't worry because according to the National Day Calendar website, today is also, ready (or not). National Graham Cracker Day.  (More about those treats another post.)


William Kendall said...

I wouldn't have known. I love the taste of those.

Sandra said...

bob was just describing the way his mother made apple turnovers yesterday, they called them apple dumplings. he said hot out of the oven they would pour milk over them and have them for lunch..

Connie said...

Well, that's news to me. They sound delicious.

Emma Springfield said...

Turnovers are so easy to make and they taste so good. I have not used puff pastry though. Sounds good.

Kathy said...

Thanks for the recipe. I love apple turnovers. I love graham crackers too. I post the "national" days on my facebook page each day and try to make them all fit together. It gets to be really funny. Today is also National Bikini Day. I chose not to participate in that one.

Ludwig Keck said...

Didn't know this, hadn't read your post, when we went to lunch ar Arby's. My wife had an apple turnover, so hurray for her. I had a cherry one, hanging my head in shame now.

Lynn said...

I have to say - Graham Crackers are one of my favorite things. I remember loving them with peanut butter as a kid. Hmmm...

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