Sunday, April 19, 2009

SMS: Caramel Apple Turnovers with Sweet Ricotta Filling


The recipe selected for the third Sweet Melissa Sunday was Caramel Apple Turnovers with Sweet Ricotta Filling. I was very excited to make this recipe, as there is rarely an apple dessert I don’t like. In fact, my very first blog post was about apple desserts. The recipe was seemingly easy to make (you can prepare each component in advance and use purchased puff pastry), but for some reason it took me forever. I partly blame the weather, since it was so beautiful this weekend I continually wanted to get outside and enjoy the sun. There were also a couple of technical difficulties on my side that prevented the turnovers from being made late Sunday afternoon rather than early Saturday morning as planned.







The first issue was my apples not caramelizing. After two attempts to get amber-colored syrup, I decided that I just would not have nice caramelized applesauce and get on with my day. By that time it was too late to make the turnovers for breakfast, and as it turns out, it wouldn’t have mattered anyway because my frozen puff pastry was completely distorted and impossible to remove from the paper, which I discovered on Sunday morning when I tried to make the turnovers. Since Mr. Penpen and I had a brunch to attend, errands to run (including purchasing more puff pastry), and a dog to exercise (although basically all she did was move from one shady spot to another), I finally got around to baking the turnovers this afternoon.





The result? Wonderful flaky pastries, with a sweet and creamy filling – the apple filling was fine. I gave this recipe a 10 for Deliciousness and a 4 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 2.5. Many thanks to Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures for choosing such a fantastic dessert – or breakfast. You can find the recipe on Tracey’s site, and be sure to check out the Sweet Melissa Sundays site to see what the other bakers thought of these.

9 comments:

Megan said...

Ha ha - love the shot of the pup lounging on the ground. Of course, that's what my dogs do on an everyday basis - lounge around, I mean.

Anyways, these were really good and definitely worth making again!

Tracey said...

Great shot of your dog. Your turnovers look fabulous! Sorry the apples gave you a bit of trouble but I'm glad you forged ahead and finished :) Thanks for baking with me this week!

Elyse said...

Sorry about the caramelization annoyance! But, your turnovers totally turned out beautifully!! I'm so glad you loved this recipe; I did, too.

n.o.e said...

I agree that these were fairly time consuming. I hope you got to enjoy some of your afternoon (it looks like your pup did!)

I almost skipped making these, but then got lured in by reports of how easy they are. Well, they took me forever, and that was in the wee hours of the night - late night caramelizing that wasn't very effective did not make me a happy camper!
Nancy

Cristine said...

What a cute dog! :) And your turnovers look delicious!

pinkstripes said...

Your turnovers look wonderful. I loved this recipe. I'm glad they were a success for you.

Stephanie said...

i had some trouble with the caramelizing myself, argg!! :)

HanaĆ¢ said...

Your turnovers turned out nice and puffy and flaky. I'm glad you persevered and made it to the finish line (it's so worth it).

Jaime said...

looks great! they were a bit time consuming, i agree. i'd make the individual components ahead of time next time