Vegan Spiced Pear Turnovers

March 9, 2020

These Vegan Spiced Pear Turnovers are nothing short of flaky, perfectly sweet, and bursting with comforting spice flavors, both inside + out. An all buttery pastry and delicious filling, these turnovers are a true crowd-pleaser! All Vegan ingredients and easy to make. Gluten-Free Version available.

Vegan Spiced Peach Turnovers

Honestly, I can’t believe that we’re already in March.

When it comes to Spring baking, I get super excited because of all of the deliciousness that comes with it.

Growing up, I use to love turnovers, especially the Apple version. The best part to me is the flaky crust.

These Pear Turnovers are SO GOOD, ya’ll. Like most of my pastry recipes, the flakiness of the crust is unbelievable. Their golden color makes them truly irresistible.

These Homemade Vegan Apple-Cinnamon Pop Tarts are a complete homage to the classic childhood favorite pop tarts.

Need Other Great Pastry Recipe Ideas?

These Blackberry Peach Basil Hand Pies with Glaze are pure magic. Wrapped in a flaky basil flavored crust (with hints of cream cheese flavor) and generously stuffed with a sweet and tart blackberry-peach filling; these hand pies are the best kind of sweet treats for the summer, for both little hands and big ones alike.

A sweet and comforting recipe for homemade Apple Blueberry Hand Pies + Maple-Brown Sugar Glaze, wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust and stuffed gently with a spiced filling, these sweet treats are a sure favorite to anyone who dares to a take big bite. 

These Mini Salted Caramel Apple ‘Pie’ Galettes are absolutely decadent and bursting with the perfectly coveted salted caramel + apple flavor.

These Homemade Blueberry Vegan Pop Tarts are nothing short of flaky, naturally sweet, and bursting with blueberry flavors, both inside + out.

These Mini Vegan Strawberry Peach Galettes are absolutely decadent and bursting with great sweet-tart flavor. Wrapped in a buttery, flaky cinnamon whole wheat crust; these galettes make for a great balance of fruitiness, not to mention the beauty from it’s open-face. 

Vegan Spiced Peach Turnovers

OK, so can we talk about pears for a sec? I rarely ever use pears, however, in the handful of times that I have, I must say how delicious they are!

If you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’ve probably already seen this Pear Ginger Lemon + Thyme Drink.

Made with a simple pear, ginger-thyme syrup along with fresh lemon juice, naturally sweetened, hints of warm spices and garnished pear slices and thyme leaves, this homemade drink will leave you feeling refreshed on any given day. All vegan ingredients. Can be enjoyed warm or cold.

FIVE SURPRISING BENEFITS OF PEARS:

Highly nutritious.

When it comes to pears, not only do they taste great, but they also are very nutritious. They are a source of protein, fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Potassium.

As a result, they add value such as cellular function, energy production, supports skin health and wound healing, immunity support, cholesterol metabolism, and more.

Promotes Gut Health.

Because pears possess an excellent amount of fiber, they are linked to maintaining bowl regularity.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties.

Pears are a rich source of antioxidants, which helps to fight inflammation and might decreased the risk of disease altogether.

Lower Risk of Diabetes.

As I’ve stated before, since pears are high in fiber, this allows the body to take it’s time and break down foods better. As a result, it helps to regulate blood sugar levels. In addition, pears are great for promoting and boosting heart health.

The antioxidants from pears are perfect for decreasing stiffness in your heart tissue.

Lose Weight?

Because pears are low in calories as well as high in water and contains great fiber, you are able to enjoy them while on your weight loss journey.

You are able to feel full, which works for those who are trying to eat less or lose weight.

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT TURNOVERS.

TIP #1: MAKE YOUR FILLING FIRST!

Yes, I know. You’re probably wondering why I said this, however, when making your filling from scratch, it definitely helps to make your filling ahead of time so that it cools completely.

Also, this gives you enough time to ensure that it comes out as perfect and thick as you’d like before having to use it in your recipe.

TIP #2: MORE PASTRY FLOUR = MORE FLAKINESS!

OK, so this one is a HUGE MUST, especially if you want to have an extremely flaky crust! Much like other pastries (i.e. Hand Pies, Pie Crusts, etc.), using pastry flour more heavily than All-Purpose Flour helps to create a nice outer-layer.

Granted, cold cubed butter does help with this as well, however, I’ve discovered that adding pastry flour to the mix creates a better situation!

TIP #3: DIMENSIONS MATTER!

I must admit that in my previous attempt to make pastries, I randomly cut the squares, which obviously came out super uneven.

However, with this recipe, I did a bit of trial + error and found that cutting them 4” x 4” worked magic and made them so even and perfect!

Also, keep in mind that when rolling out your dough, making sure that it’s at least 1/8” thick is super important. This ensures that your filling stays inside and everything doesn’t fall a part.

Vegan Spiced Peach Turnovers

Now, let’s take a bite into this recipe, shall we?

For the Crust:

In a measuring cup, add the cold water and apple cider vinegar along with an ice cube and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the all-purpose flour, pastry flour, sea salt, cinnamon, and organic brown sugar, whisking them all together.

Add the cubed vegan butter sticks (or regular vegan butter) and using a pastry blender, blend butter into dry ingredients until the mixture becomes “peas-like” and crumbly.

Pour the cold apple cider vinegar-water mixture (slowly + without the ice) and stir (working it together with one hand) until the dry ingredients are moistened. **NOTE: If the ingredients feels a little too dry, add 1 Tbsp of cold water at a time, until it’s moistened BUT not too wet!**

Now, shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

In the meantime, make the Pear Filling.

For the Filling:

In a saucepan, add the butter, pears, brown sugar, vanilla, and cook on medium-high heat, stirring until they release their juices. Continue cooking until the liquid is released considerably. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of all spice and let bubble a bit more. To thicken, add arrowroot mixture to sauce and stir until thickened.

Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes. **NOTE: The consistency should look slightly runny, but thick and gooey.**

Assembly:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Once chilled, remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a lightly floured surface, rolling it out into a large rectangle (about 1/8 inches thick). Cut into small-medium squares (4″ wide and 4″ long), until all dough it used.

On all square cuts, lightly brush vegan butter to ensure that they close together best! Add 1 Tbsp of the pear filling and carefully fold over one end of dough diagonally until it covers the other, to create a triangle shape. Gently press the edges down and using a fork, carefully “crimp” around the edges and place on the baking sheet. Repeat until all turnovers are made.

Once all are laid flat on the baking sheet, gently prick a set of holes on the tops using a fork. **NOTE: This keeps everything from exploding during the cooking phase due to the cooking pressure.**

Lightly brush all turnovers with melted vegan butter, sprinkle with brown sugar (if preferred) and bake in the oven 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and the filling begins to become bubbly and begins to slightly seep out.

Once done, remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes (10 minutes or so).

Bon Appetit!

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Vegan Spiced Pear Turnovers
Vegan Spiced Pear Turnovers

Vegan Spiced Pear Turnovers

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Chill Time: 1 hr
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Ingredients

Cinnamon Crust:

  • 1 cup organic all-purpose flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill; See Notes for GF version!)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic pastry flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill; See Notes for GF version!)
  • 2 Tbsps organic brown sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup vegan buttery sticks (cubed) OR vegan butter (That’s 2 sticks!; I use Earth's Balance)
  • 1 cup ice cold water
  • 2 Tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Filling:

  • 2 cups diced pears (That's about 3-4 medium Pears!)
  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter (I use Earth's Balance)
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw; See Notes!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Arrowroot powder + 2 Tbsps warm water
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of allspice

Other:

  • 3 Tbsps vegan butter, melted (I use Earth's Balance)
  • organic brown sugar

Instructions

Crust:

  • In a measuring cup, add the cold water and apple cider vinegar along with an ice cube and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the all-purpose flour, pastry flour, sea salt, cinnamon, and organic brown sugar, whisking them all together.
  • Add the cubed vegan butter sticks (or regular vegan butter) and using a pastry blender, blend butter into dry ingredients until the mixture becomes “peas-like” and crumbly.
  • Pour the cold apple cider vinegar-water mixture (slowly + without the ice) and stir (working it together with one hand) until the dry ingredients are moistened. **NOTE: If the ingredients feels a little too dry, add 1 Tbsp of cold water at a time, until it’s moistened BUT not too wet!**
  • Now, shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, make the Pear Filling.

Filling:

  • In a saucepan, add the butter, pears, brown sugar, vanilla, and cook on medium-high heat, stirring until they release their juices. Continue cooking until the liquid is released considerably. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of all spice and let bubble a bit more. To thicken, add arrowroot mixture to sauce and stir until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes. **NOTE: The consistency should look slightly runny, but thick and gooey.**

Assembly:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Once chilled, remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a lightly floured surface, rolling it out into a large rectangle (about 1/8 inches thick). Cut into small-medium squares (4″ wide and 4″ long), until all dough it used.
  • On all square cuts, lightly brush vegan butter to ensure that they close together best! Add 1 Tbsp of the pear filling and carefully fold over one end of dough diagonally until it covers the other, to create a triangle shape. Gently press the edges down and using a fork, carefully “crimp” around the edges and place on the baking sheet. Repeat until all turnovers are made.
  • Once all are laid flat on the baking sheet, gently prick a set of holes on the tops using a fork. **NOTE: This keeps everything from exploding during the cooking phase due to the cooking pressure.**
  • Lightly brush all turnovers with melted vegan butter, sprinkle with brown sugar (if preferred) and bake in the oven 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and the filling begins to become bubbly and begins to slightly seep out.
  • Once done, remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes (10 minutes or so).
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Leftover turnovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-3 days. To serve warm, heat in the microwave, or flat in a toaster oven. 
FREEZE: For longer storage–turnovers can be stored in the freezer. After they have baked and are completely cooled, simply place your turnovers onto a baking sheet (spaced apart) and freeze them for 2-3 hours. Once frozen, transfer them to a zip loc bag and reheat when ready to eat! 
FOOD PROCESSOR FOR CRUST: If using a food processor to incorporate water to flour/butter mixture, ONLY ADD 1/4 cup of water AT A TIME to your dough, keeping it on “pulse” to avoid the dough from breaking down too much and it becoming “watery”. With this method, you may not need the entire 1 cup of water.
TIPS FOR PERFECT TURNOVERS: Be sure to read tips within the post!
FLOUR: If you don’t have Pastry Flour available, simply substitute for All-Purpose Flour.
GLUTEN-FREE VERSION: To make these GF, simply substitute All-Purpose Flour with 2 cups Gluten-Free Flour (Bob’s Red Mill has a great one!) and the Pastry Flour with 1/2 cup coconut flour. If your GF Flour doesn’t have Xanthan Gum included, add 1tsp in recipe. Also, reduce vegan butter to 1 3/4 sticks instead of 2. Continue all other steps!
SWEETENER: Instead of using brown sugar, you can use maple syrup or Agave. 

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