Pear turnovers are perfection in a handheld package. Flaky crust filled with tender pears and the perfect blend of spices for a turnover recipe that is so easy to make. They are sweet and flavored with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Plus, they only require a few simple ingredients. This easy-to-make pear turnover recipe is perfect for enjoying as breakfast, snack, or dessert.
Pear Turnovers Recipe
Back in the day, I worked at Arby’s and I worked at a bakery in a grocery store and both places had turnovers. Being that I was working there I could always make sure I got a fresh one and while I could buy the boxed ones I was ruined on those by making them fresh. Over the years I missed having fresh baked turnovers so I started making them at home.
Oh how making turnovers at home brought back my love for them and I am pretty sure my kids will never eat a packaged turnover because they have enjoyed freshly baked turnovers that I have made at home.
If you have never made a turnover they are so simple to make. Make the filling, then use puff pastry, fill the puff pastry and then bake in the oven. You can make your own puff pastry but the store-bought puff pastry works just fine and make this recipe super easy to make and quick too.
These Pear Turnovers are made with fresh, juicy pears and have the perfect flaky puff pastry crust. They’re perfect for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack. I personally love enjoying them first thing in the morning with a hot cup of coffee or as an afternoon just because snack.
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What Is A Turnover?
A turnover is a type of pastry made by folding over a layer of dough with a filling inside. Typically they are considered a handheld dessert but I think they are a great option for breakfast and snacks. The turnovers are then baked until golden brown and crispy.
Tips for Making Perfect Puff Pastry Pear Turnovers
Thawed puff pastry sheets. For best results, thaw the puff pastry before using this will make the puff pastry easy to use and fold.
Ripe pears. Pears should be ripe but still firm for this recipe.
Avoid over stuffing. Over filling the puff pastry will cause it to leak when baking.
Prepare on a lightly floured surface. You do not want the puff pastry to stick to the counter or the cutting board you are working on so add a small sprinkle of flour on your work area before placing the puff pastry down.
Egg wash. The egg wash is an important step you do not want to skip.
Allow the turnovers to cool. After removing the turnovers from the oven allow them to cool for a few minutes before eating or storing them.
What Are the Best Pears for Baking?
There are many varieties of pears to choose from when baking. For this recipe, we recommend using a sweet pear such as Anjou pears or Bosc pears. These two types of pears will hold their shape and won’t become mushy during the baking process.
What Does the Egg Wash Do?
The egg wash helps to give the turnovers a golden, shiny crust and prevents them from sticking to the pan. To make an egg wash, whisk together one large egg with a tablespoon of water. Brush the egg wash over the tops of the turnovers before baking.
How do I keep the Turnover Filling from leaking out?
There are a few things you can do to make sure the turnover filling doesn’t leak out.
How to Store Leftover Turnovers
Leftover turnovers can be stored on the counter for 1-2 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.
How do you reheat turnovers in the oven?
Reheat in the oven at 375F for 5-10 minutes until crispy and warm.
Can I Freeze Pear Turnovers
You can freeze these pear turnovers both before and after baking them.
Unbaked turnovers. To freeze unbaked pear turnovers place them on a baking sheet after assembling and then put the baking sheet into the freezer and freezer for 1-2 hours until they are fully frozen and then place in a freezer bag.
Baked Turnovers. To freeze baked allow them to come to room temperature and then place them on a baking sheet and then put the baking sheet into the freezer and freezer for 1-2 hours until they are fully frozen and then place in a freezer bag.
How to Reheat Frozen Pear Turnovers
Unbaked Frozen turnovers. Place them on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350F for 25-30 minutes.
Baked Frozen Turnovers. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the frozen turnovers on to a baking sheet and then place them in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until they are fully heated thru.
Pear Turnovers Ingredients
- bartlett pear, peeled and cored
- brown sugar. You can use homemade brown sugar or store bought.
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
- 1 egg
- turbinado sugar
How to Make Pear Turnovers
Preheat the oven to 400.
Wash the pear and then cut the pear into small pieces and add to a medium sized bowl.
Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to the pears and mix well.
Sprinkle flour on your work surface and then roll the sheet of puff pastry out with a rolling pin so it is just a tad bigger than how it comes out of the package.
Using a sharp knife cut the puff pastry into 4 equal squares.
In a small bowl add the egg and use a fork to mix the egg yolk and egg whites to form an egg wash.
Using a pastry brush brush the 4 pieces of puff pastry with the beaten egg.
Add the pear mixture to the center of each square of the puff pastry.
Fold each puff pastry square corner-to-corner in half so they form triangles. Use a fork to press the edges of the pastry dough along the sides of the turnover so they are closed shut.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the turnovers on the prepared baking sheet.
Brish the top of each turnover with the beaten egg and sprinkle the top with coarse sugar also called turbinado sugar.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the tops of the turnovers are golden brown.
Remove from the baking sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack.
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- Preheat the oven to 400.
- Cut the pear into small pieces and toss together with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and extract.
- Roll out the puff pastry so it’s just a tad larger and forms a square.
- Cut it into four squares and brush the sides with egg wash.
- Spoon 1/4 of the pear mixture into each square.
- Fold each square corner to corner so it forms a triangle and pinch the dough together to seal.
- Place on a baking sheet.
- Brush the tops of each triangle with the egg wash.
- Sprinkle each turnover with turbinado/coarse sugar.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, until golden.
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