Cherry Turnovers


Preparation info

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  • Makes



Appears in

The Weeknight Cook

The Weeknight Cook

By Brigit Binns

Published 2012

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  • Frozen puff pastry, 1 sheet, thawed overnight in the refrigerator
  • Pitted sour or sweet cherries, 1 jar (28 oz/875 g), drained
  • Brandy or Cognac, 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Granulated sugar, ¼ cup (2 oz/60 g)
  • Flour, 1 tablespoon
  • Egg, 1
  • Milk, 1 tablespoon
  • Coarse sugar such as turbinado, for sprinkling


  • Roll out the puff pastry

    Preheat the oven to 425°F(220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment (baking) paper. Place the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 10-by-15-inch (25-by-38-cm) rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise and then cut each half crosswise into 3 squares to make a total of 6 squares. Place the squares on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them evenly.

  • Prepare the cherry filling

    Place the cherries in a bowl and sprinkle with the brandy, if using. Add the granulated sugar and flour and toss.

  • Fill and bake the turnovers

    In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Brush a ½-inch (12-mm) border of the egg mixture around 2 adjacent sides of each square. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the cherry filling almost in the middle of each square. Fold the pastry over the filling to make a triangle and press the free edges with a fork to seal. Brush the tops with the remaining egg mixture and sprinkle with the coarse sugar. Bake until the turnovers are puffed and golden brown, 15–18 minutes. Let cool slightly on the baking sheet on a wire rack. Serve warm.

Turnover Variation

Cook’s Tip

The turnovers can also be filled with other seasonal fruits. In summer, peel, pit, and cut 2 peaches into slices ½ inch (12 mm) thick. In winter, peel and core 2 pears such as Anjou or Bosc and cut into slices ½ inch (12 mm) thick.