Get the taste of apple pie without the hassle. Rum Spiked Apple Turnovers make the perfect morning, noon or night dessert with spiced apples, a dash of dark rum all wrapped around flaky puff pastry.
I firmly believe that there are two types of pie people. The ones that are in the filling camp, and those that lay firmly in the crust camp. I’m a crust person, since I was a little kid picking the crust from my mom’s apple pie, to today picking the slice that has the largest crust to filling ratio.
As delicious as any filling might be that flaky crust gets me every time, which is why I always gravitate towards hand pies and turnovers.
Just the nature of the dessert itself calls for more crust than filling because as soon as you over stuff them – BOOM it’ll explode in the oven. Now no one really wants that when they work so hard to prepare the filling, make the dough, roll it out, shape it etc., etc.
What if, just what if there’s an easy way out? What if we can get all the flavors of apple pie with maximum crustage and minimal work? Easy – turn to your friend puff pastry. I think the only thing that could possibly make this dessert better is a healthy dose of spiced dark rum to compliment the brown sugar and buttered apples.
If you can find them, I love to use pre-cut puff pastry squares to make my work just that much easier. No need to worry about cutting the right size dough or if you’ll end up with the right amount. Of course, I’m not telling you go on a wild goose chase for them either - if they aren’t at your favorite neighborhood market, just roll out the puff pastry a little bit to make sure you can cut some even squares.
From there, we prepare the filling on the stovetop, fill it in the center and bake away. Pretty soon the smell of apples, butter and cinnamon will fill the house. All you need is the vanilla rum glaze to finish these guys off and you are ready for a special treat any time of day!
For the Glaze:
Le Creuset Skillet
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Demarle Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat
Le Creuset Jelly Roll Pan