July 9, 2020

RASPBERRY TURNOVERS

 
I was dying to try making these cute and tasty little puffs as soon as my roll of ready made, ready rolled puff pastry arrived in my "click and collect" supermarket order.
 
 
They are incredibly simple to make but absolutely delicious.  The raspberry flavour packs a punch and the sprinkling of crunchy demerara sugar on top is just right.  Ideal for a picnic or afternoon tea. 

 
The recipe comes from a delightful French blog called "Chic Chic Chocolat" which is full of gorgeous recipes.  Having a bit of O'level French or some experience of French ingredients would help with some of them but this one is so straightforward that you could have a go with the use of a dictionary if need be.  You can see the original here. In it the author uses a circular sheet of pastry and shows how to cut it to make the puffs.  In the UK ready rolled pastry tends to be in an oblong sheet which makes it easier although the shape ends up slightly different.  If your pastry is circular just follow the pictures on the original blog post.

I reckon you could also make these in exactly the same way using strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or even cooked apple or rhubarb.  Maybe even chopped plums, cherries or apricots.  I shall experiment and report back!

Ingredients

1 pack of ready made, ready rolled puff pastry
1 jar of raspberry jam - you won't need a whole jar (I used Bon Maman which has a wonderfully intense flavour)
1 punnet of fresh raspberries - you won't need a whole punnet (I dare say frozen would also work)
milk and demerara sugar to finish
icing sugar to decorate (optional)

Method

Take the pastry out of the fridge and allow to come to room temperature well before using, at least half an hour.  Pastry that is still chilled will crack when you unroll it.

Preheat the oven to 200C / 180 fan.  Line two baking sheets with baking paper.

Unroll the pastry and cut in half along its length.  Cut each half into six squares of equal size.

Put a teaspoon of jam and one or two raspberries on a square, slightly off centre.  Dampen the edges of the square and fold it diagonally over the off centre filling to form a triangle.  Press the edges together then seal by pressing a fork into the pastry along the edge.  Repeat with the rest of the squares and make three small slashes in the top of each triangle.

Brush each puff with milk and sprinkle with demerara sugar.  Divide the puffs between the two baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.  The jam will leak out a bit but this adds to the charm of the puffs!

Serve as they are, slightly warm or cold, or dusted with icing sugar or decorated with a zig zag of icing made with lemon juice and icing sugar if you like.

Makes 12 turnovers (or puffs, however you want to call them!)

2 comments:

  1. Perfect picnic food. Miam-miam as they might say across La Manche.

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    1. Phil, we are finally off to France next week, only four months late. We have lunch out twice booked already....miam-miam indeed! And I'm looking forward to trying this recipe with some of the beautiful St Catherine plums from our French garden.

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