Ultra-flaky, buttery pastry encloses a tart-sweet, homemade raspberry filling
in these tempting turnovers.
1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup cold butter
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons Instant ClearJel® or cornstarch*
2/3 cup sugar
3 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, to seal pastries (optional)
* If you use cornstarch, you'll want to dissolve it in cold water, rather than
stir it into the sugar.
To make the crust: Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Cut the cold butter into pats, and work it into the flour mixture till it's unevenly
crumbly, with larger bits of butter remaining intact.
Stir in the sour cream. The dough will be craggy, but cohesive.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and bring it together, if necessary,
with a few quick kneads.
Pat the dough into a rough square, then roll it into an 8" x 10" rectangle.
Dust both sides of the dough with flour. Starting with one of the shorter (8")
ends, fold it in thirds like a business letter, flip it over (so the open flap is
on the bottom), and turn it 90 degrees .
Roll the dough into an 8" x 10" rectangle again. Fold it in thirds, wrap in plastic,
and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes (or overnight) before
While the dough is chilling, make the filling. Mix the sugar and ClearJel till
well combined. If you're using cornstarch, mix it with enough cold
Add the sugar mixture to the raspberries, tossing to combine. Stir in the vanilla
and cinnamon (and the cornstarch/water mixture, if you're using cornstarch).
Heat the mixture in a saucepan over very low heat, stirring, till the berries
soften and fall apart. The mixture will be thick and jam-like, even though it doesn't
really warm up much; this will take under 5 minutes. If you use cornstarch, cook
and stir till the mixture bubbles and thickens.
You can prepare the filling up to several days before; cover and refrigerate
till you're ready to use it.
You can also do this in a microwave; heat till the berries soften, then stir
till they fall apart and the mixture thickens, like jam.
When you're ready to assemble the turnovers, preheat the oven to 400 degrees
F. Roll the chilled dough into a 16" square. Cut sixteen 4" squares, for small,
triangular turnovers. For round turnovers, use a turnover press to cut nine 4 1/2"
rounds. Re-roll the dough scraps, and cut 4 or 5 additional rounds, as many as you
can get out of the scraps.
If desired, for a tighter seal, brush two adjoining edges of each square (or
half of each circle) with 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water.
Place about 2 teaspoons filling slightly off-center in each square. Or about
4 teaspoons slightly off-center of each round; a level tablespoon cookie scoop works
Fold the turnovers in half. If you've cut the dough in squares, fold in half
diagonally, to create triangular turnovers. Press the edges with a fork to seal.
Place the turnovers on a baking sheet, preferably one lined with parchment to
catch any spills. Bake in the preheated 400 degrees F oven for 20 to 25 minutes,
or until they're a deep, golden brown; you may see some of the filling beginning
to ooze out.
Remove the turnovers from the oven, and cool on a rack.
Serve warm or at room
Hands-on time: 35 mins. to 50 mins. | Baking time: 20 mins. to 25 mins. | Total time: 1 hrs 25 mins. to 13 hrs 15 mins.
| Yield: 13 to 14 medium (4 1/2") turnovers
Tip from our bakers: For a pretty, glittery top crust, brush turnovers with milk,
and sprinkle with coarse (sparkling) white sugar just before baking.
Recipe and photo credit: King Arthur Flour - kingarthurflour.com.