Apple Fig Walnut Turnovers

Aurora McBee


This is my all-time favorite autumn recipe.

Please don't let the length of this recipe scare you. It's really quite simple and worth every minute.

The dough and method of cooking the apples comes from former White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier's "Dessert University". If you don't own this book, you should!


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1 Hr
30 Min



  • 2 large
    eggs, hard boiled and cooled.
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch
  • 8 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 c
    plus 2 tblsp heavy cream

  • 6-7
    apples, peeled, cored, cut into 3/4
  • 6 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    fresh figs, chopped (dried may also be used)
  • 1/2 c
    walnuts, chopped

  • 1
    egg white + 1 tbl water, beaten (for egg wash)
  • 2 Tbsp
    melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp
    turbinado or raw sugar

How to Make Apple Fig Walnut Turnovers


  1. Separate egg yolks from whites. Set aside whites for another use or discard. Push the yolks through a fine mesh strainer into a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. ***The benefit of using hard boiled egg yolks is to add the richness and flavor of the eggs without chemically changing the dough with the addition of raw egg yolks. This way the dough remains soft and light.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in mixer bowl with a paddle attachment. Add butter pieces and mix on low until it resembles coarse meal.
  4. Add yolks and cream. Mix until dough just comes together. Cover with a clean dish towel and set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 400*. Arrange apple and fig pieces in a 9x13" baking dish. They should be in a well-packed 2" layer. Dot with butter, sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake, stirring every 3-5 minutes, for 10 minutes. Remove from oven as the apples just start to soften. Push fruit together into a mound to finish cooking. Cool to room temperature.
  7. (These may be baked ahead of time and frozen up to 2 months, or refrigerated up to 3 days. Bring to room temp before using.)
  8. After the fruit has cooled add walnuts. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  9. Decrease oven temp to 375*. Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment.
  10. Roll out dough to 1/4" thickness. Cut into 3"x3" squares.
  11. Add a generous tablespoon of the apple mixture to the center of each square. Brush edges with egg wash, fold over, pinch to seal. Place turnovers on baking sheets.
  12. Brush turnovers with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. (or wait to drizzle them with icing after they have cooled)
  13. Bake 15-20 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
  14. These will keep 3 days in an airtight container or frozen up to 3 weeks.

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About Apple Fig Walnut Turnovers

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids Healthy

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