Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pear Turnovers (Original Recipe!)

I try not to brag about the things I cook or create.  But these pear turnovers are pretty spectacular.  A couple of weeks ago we bought a package of pears at Costco.  When we got them they were rock solid, and then one day - pretty much overnight - they were too soft.  Clearly, I had to figure out something to do with them.  Here is what I came up with:

2 Pears, peeled & cored
1 Package Grands biscuits
1 Tablespoon flour
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon brown sugar
2 Tablespoons butter

Preheat your oven according the biscuit instructions.  Start by chopping the pears into small cubes.  In a medium bowl, combine the pears and vanilla.

Next add the flour, cinnamon and brown sugar and stir until thoroughly combined.  For the next step, take the pre-shaped biscuits and flatten them on a greased baking sheet.  You want to make them as flat as possible.

To fill, place one spoonful of the pear mixture into the center of each circle.  Be careful not to use too much filling on each one or you won't be able to seal the edges.

You might want to stretch the dough out a little bit more before folding it in half over the pears.  Once you have folded them in half, press the edges together to seal it shut.

Finally, melt the butter and add a little bit of cinnamon.  Using a pastry brush, brush the cinnamon butter over the turnovers and stick 'em in the oven!  Bake for about 15-20 minutes.

This is what will happen if you over-fill the turnovers and are unable to get a good seal.

They are definitely best hot out of the oven, but they aren't bad reheated either.  They make a great addition to breakfast, or if you add a little vanilla ice cream can be a tasty dessert!!

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