Vegan Apple Turnovers

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In honor of Pi day, which happened last Monday, I made little pies this week. (more commonly known as turnovers) I’ve never been a fan of pie, between my food allergy and being generally uninterested, I’ve avoided it. I missed out on lots of Pi days and thanksgiving treats, but I’ve always been fine with it. I was prepared to not make pie, until I found out my boyfriend loves pie. So this week, thanks to Pi day for inspiration, I made little pies for him. I will admit, they were quite tasty. So whether you are into pie or not, you should give these turnovers a try, they are definitely worth it.

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Start by mixing the dry ingredients in a food processor.

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Then measure out the coconut oil and place it in the freezer to harden.

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Once the coconut oil has hardened, blitz into the dry ingredients. When done, the texture should resemble sand with a few bigger pieces. This will help to give a really flaky crust.

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The other thing you need for a nice flaky crust, is ice cold water.

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Slowly add the water, tablespoon by tablespoon.

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The dough is ready when you can press it together into a ball. Do not over mix the dough.

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Next make the filling, I choose apple but you easily make a berry filling.

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Peel and finely chop the apples, the smaller the better. The vegan dough can be quite fragile and big apple pieces tend to poke through. I learned this while trying to assembling them.

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With the apples chopped, add in the spices, arrowroot powder, and sugar.

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Roll out the dough, making sure that it doesn’t stick to board and cut out circles. My circle cutter set only goes to 3 1/2 inches, so I ended up rolling them out more. This actually worked out better, because I was able to get the dough thinner without it tearing.

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Scoop some filling into the middle of half the circle/oval. Then wet the edges with a little water to help the dough stick together. You can either press the edges down with your fingers and leave it, or crimp the edges with a fork.

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Lay the turnovers on a greased baking tray and bake at 400F for 25-30min.(I sprayed mine with coconut oil to help them brown a little more, if you are not vegan, you could egg wash them.)

Ingredients

  • Crust
    • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tbsp white sugar
    • 1/2 fine grain sea salt
    • 6-8 tbsp ice cold water
  • Apple Filling
    • 3 apples
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
    • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400F and grease baking pans.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients for the crust in a food processor. Place the coconut oil in the freezer and allow to harden for a few minutes. Add the coconut oil to the food processor and pulse until it resembles sand with a few larger pieces.
  3. Peel and chop the apples. Mix the rest of the ingredients for the filling with the apples. Set aside.
  4. Roll out the crust on a floured surface to around 1/4″. Then cut out circles and roll them out a little bit more.
  5. To assemble, place a spoonful of filling in the middle of half the crust. Moisten the edges with a little bit of water. Then press the edges together to seal and crimp with a fork.
  6. Place the turnovers in the oven for 25-30min until they are golden brown. (this varies from oven to oven, so remember to keep an eye on them) Allow to cool and store in a container. Enjoy!

 

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