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Friday, October 18, 2013

Fried Apple Butter Turnovers

Have you ever had a non-traditional birthday cake?  Personally I prefer brownies to cake.  In fact I prefer blondies to brownies.  I have been known to request brownies instead of cake on my birthday.

My brother would rather have apple butter turnovers.

I got lucky with these because I have a jar of Nana's homemade apple butter which makes these some of the very best turnovers I've ever had.  They are not like traditional turnovers with the flaky pastry.  They are made with canned biscuits (though you could probably do them in the oven with crescent rolls) making them more like a hand pie than a turnover, but my family has always called them turnovers.  They are fried in salted butter creating an interesting dynamic between the salty, crispy outside and the sweet, soft center.

These are great for a weeknight dessert or for a weekend snack because they are easy to put together, require few ingredients (most of which you might have on hand), and only need to cook for a few minutes.  Try them next time you're looking for a quick, last minute dessert.

Fried Apple Butter Turnovers

Source: Family Recipe

1 package canned biscuits (the grands size work best, get whatever amount you need to feed your family)
apple butter
1-2 Tbsp salted butter

Place a small amount of flour in a plate.  Take a biscuit and using the flour to keep it from sticking to anything flatten it out.  You can use a rolling pin but I usually use my fingers.  Once the biscuit is flattened dust off as much flour as possible.  Lay the flattened biscuit on the clean counter top or on another plate.  Place a small (and I really do mean small) amount of apple butter in the center of the biscuit.  If you're using the small size biscuits I'd say no more than 1/2 tsp of apple butter per biscuit.  If you're using the grands size you can probably get away with 1 tsp.  Fold the biscuit over the apple butter and carefully seal the edges together by crimping with a fork.  Continue flattening, filling, and sealing the biscuits until all of the biscuits have been filled.

In a skillet melt 1-2 Tbsp of butter over medium heat.  Once the butter is sizzling a bit place the turnovers in the butter and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Make sure that the heat stays relatively low because biscuits are notorious for burning on the outside while remaining gooey in the middle.  Mine got a little darker than I really like them this time, but they were still quite tasty.  Once the turnovers are golden brown on both sides transfer them on a plate lined with a paper towel.

Serve warm.  Save leftovers in a plastic zip bag.  They will reheat in the microwave in about 10-15 seconds and be almost as good as they are right out of the pan!

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