Apple Turnovers (A Recipe)

apple turnovers almond butter baby led weaning

These turnovers are SO GOOD:

  • flaky
  • buttery
  • moist
  • messy!
  • slightly sweet
  • simple
  • freezable

You need only a few things to make the ones in this particular recipe (video below): puff pastry, almond butter (see substitutions below!), an apple, and a little cinnamon. [Below the recipe, I have several other ideas that you can try instead, if apple+cinnamon isn’t your thing.]

I know you’re wondering… YES the apple gets nice and soft, soft enough for baby to enjoy! No need to soften the apple beforehand.

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Moving on…

APPLE TURNOVERS: 6 months and up, makes 8 small turnovers

  • 1 sheet puff pastry* (it takes around 30 minutes to thaw before you can use it!) 
  • 1-2 tbsp almond butter (15-30 mL)
  • 1 apple, peeled and cut into thin small pieces
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon (5-10 g)

*Puff pastry is found in the frozen aisle. The ones from Pepperidge Farm are what I usually buy. You can also make your own puff pastry. Or make a gluten-free version! Or a vegan version! Whatever suits your needs, you can likely find a substitute. 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lay out a thawed piece of puff pastry. It sticks to the surface a little, so if you want to add a touch of flour underneath, go for it. I didn’t since mine didn’t stick terribly (and I was out of flour anyway!).
  3. Cut the pastry into 4 squares. Then cut each square into 2 triangles. So you end up with 8 triangles. If you want, you can cut it into 16 small squares and lay the squares on top of each other (sandwich style). Or just leave the 4 big squares and fold them over, and you’ll get 4 giant turnovers. That’s what I did for round 1, and they were great. They were just too big for my kid! So I tried again with smaller pieces.
  4. Determine how you’ll fold the pieces. On one half of each piece, spread a little bit of almond butter (a thicker layer is better, in my opinion, because a thin layer gets lost among everything else).
  5. Layer a few pieces of apple on top of the almond butter.
  6. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on all that.
  7. Carefully fold over the pastry onto itself. It stretches easily, so just tug on it until it meets the pastry underneath. You want the edges to meet so you can press them together.
  8. It should stick to itself pretty well: you can use your finger to press the edges together. Then use a fork to really seal it shut.
  9. Use the fork to poke a few holes on top. That keeps it from puffing up too big!
  10. Place the turnovers onto a greased baking sheet or a piece of parchment paper.
  11. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes. 
  12. Let them cool for about 5 minutes and then enjoy! You can let them cool completely and place them into a freezer bag, into the freezer for a month or so.

NOTE: These are messy. The pastry is exceptionally flaky. So I wouldn’t say these are great for on-the-go, even though they are handheld! That’s just one mom’s opinion. 


SUBSTITUTIONS and OTHER IDEAS

  • Use peanut butter, sunbutter (made from sunflower seeds), cashew butter, or regular butter instead of almond butter.
  • Use pear or banana instead of apple.
  • If your baby is a little older, try nutella and slices of strawberry, if you are okay with the sugar content! Or just make those for yourself. *smile*
  • Make a savory version like ham and shredded cheddar cheese, or ground beef, tomatoes, and mozzarella.
  • If you have a cookie cutter, cut the pastry into hearts or circles or another shape, then lay them on top of each other and seal the edges all the way around.

If you make these, please take a picture and tag me on Instagram or Facebook! I love seeing what you come up with!


VIDEO

It’s only 16 seconds, but here is a visual for all my visual learners out there!

  • Lauren Martinez

    Reading this recipe makes me wonder if you can use a store bought whole grain dough (like pizza dough) and stuff it with sausage, egg, and cheese to make an on-the-go breakfast sandwich? I have no idea if that would work but if so it would be so great to take for my little one in the morning.

    • blwideas

      Oh interesting! I can give it a shot!