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.
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.
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.**
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).
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!