Homemade Berry Turnovers

Use this in-depth tutorial to learn how to make homemade berry turnovers with a from-scratch puff pastry variation and a jammy mixed berry filling. The pastry dough comes together using a “rough puff” method where you carefully work butter into your dry ingredients and then fold and flatten the dough many times to create countless flaky layers. Unlike the breakfast pastries dough, this dough does not require any yeast and unlike croissants and traditional puff pastry, this dough does not require laminating with a separate layer of butter. Rather, the layers and crisp flakiness come from the particular mixing and folding methods. The turnovers are lightly sweetened and perfect for dessert or alongside a cup of coffee.

Step-by-step photos are below the written recipe.

mixed berry turnovers

Using this simplified method and a handful of basic ingredients, you’ll be amazed that you can make puff pastry from scratch within just a few hours. I’m still stunned with this outcome! And after you master these flaky berry turnovers, you’ll enjoy using this dough wherever you use a single pie crust or store-bought puff pastry.


Berry Turnovers Details

  • Flavor: These berry turnovers are like mixed berry hand pies, but with a crispy, airy, and buttery dough. I would actually compare these more to store-bought Toaster Strudels but 100x better because they’re flakier, crispier, homemade, and not nearly as sweet. Great for breakfast or dessert! Vanilla icing is optional, but it’s a wonderful finishing touch, especially since these aren’t overly sweet in the first place. Each bite is mostly flaky dough with just a touch of berry filling. (Don’t want to over-fill those turnovers!)
  • Texture: You know when you bite into golden brown baked puff pastry and you actually hear that loud CRISP? The layers crackle, pop, and quite frankly, make a big old mess on your fingers and plate? That’s exactly what you’ll experience with these homemade berry turnovers. This pastry is one of the FLAKIEST doughs I’ve ever worked with and comes close to croissants territory. (But made in a fraction of the time!) Pair this buttery pastry with a jammy berry filling and you’ll have a professional bakery-style treat made in the comfort of your home.
  • Ease: I categorize this as an intermediate baking recipe. While it’s not nearly as involved as homemade croissants, it’s certainly not as easy as using store-bought frozen puff pastry like we do in this easy apple turnovers recipe. You need to flatten and fold the dough 6x, but there’s no chilling between each time so the recipe moves quicker than traditional homemade puff pastry.
  • Time: The berry filling comes together in minutes over the stove, but the puff pastry will take you a few hours since there’s about 2-3 hours of chill time required. By this time the berry filling will have cooled down and you’ll be all set to shape, fill, and bake those irresistible turnovers. Set aside an afternoon for this fun baking project!

stack of 3 turnovers made with homemade puff pastry dough

mixed berry turnovers on plate with extra flaky homemade puff pastry

What is Rough Puff Pastry?

Have you ever heard of “rough puff” pastry? It’s become a really popular method with professionals and home bakers because it produces bakery-style puff pastry with oodles of buttery, flaky layers. Cookbook author and chef Claire Saffitz has a wonderful recipe for it and the term “rough puff” is often used on The Great British Bake Off! The trick is to work large pieces of cold butter into dry ingredients (flour and often a bit of sugar and salt), and hydrate it all with ice cold water. Sometimes bakers grate butter into the mix or use a food processor. There’s lots of ways to make rough puff pastry.

With this recipe, I stick with cold cubes of butter and use my hands to rub the butter into the flour mixture. Your hands are your best tool and method here because it’s nearly impossible to over-mix the dough this way. If the dough is over-mixed and you break down the butter too much, you’ll lose layers.

  • Can I use a food processor, pastry cutter, or other mixer? I do not recommend it. These tools slice down the butter too much and you’ll lose a lot of flaky layers. I tried and it’s not worth it because the result is closer to a greasy pie dough than a layered puff pastry. (Still good, but not the goal here.)

How Is This Different From Pie Crust and Yeasted Pastry Dough?

Pie crust, while buttery and flaky, is not nearly as light, doughy, and crisp as this shortcut puff pastry. Yeasted pastry dough, such as something we can use for croissants or a pastry braid, contain yeast. This recipe simply relies on big chunks of cold butter (lots of it) and folding.


Rolling & Folding the Dough

After you prepare the dough and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, you will begin rolling it out with a rolling pin and folding it like a business letter, rolling it out again, folding again, and so on. You will roll + fold it a total of 6 times.

The photo below shows what the center of your dough looks like after all the rolling and folding. *Note that I sliced a sliver off the end so I could show you this!

homemade puff pastry dough displaying all the layers of folded dough and butter inside

Just 5 Ingredients in the Dough

This shortcut pastry dough comes together with flour, sugar, salt, cold butter, and cold water.

  • Why do the butter and water have to be cold? It’s important for the butter to stay cold so it doesn’t melt and soak up all the flour. We want the butter to stay solidified as we roll, shape, fold, and flatten this dough because if it melts before baking, you lose all the flakes. Game over. You see, when the butter melts in the oven, it creates steam and that steam separates the dough into multiple flaky layers. Warm fat will lend a much denser, flatter turnover.

The dough requires 2 separate refrigeration steps, but the 2nd one is only 15 minutes. You can easily make this dough in a few hours or over the course of 2 days. I always appreciate make-ahead dough where you have plenty of options in terms of timing. You can also freeze the dough, too. (See recipe below.)


Homemade Berry Turnovers Filling

This thickened berry filling is adapted from this strawberry sauce recipe. I reduced it down so we have just enough for the turnover recipe below. It’s sweet like jam with big chunks of delicious berries. Feel free to use frozen berries, too. You could also use the filling from these caramel apple turnovers.

Tip: Make sure it cools completely before using as the filling in your turnovers. My recipe below works this into the instructions.

mixed berry filling

inside of a baked berry turnover showing layers of puff pastry dough

Berry Turnovers Video Tutorial

Lots of photos below the recipe!

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mixed berry turnovers

Homemade Berry Turnovers

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 9 turnovers
  • Category: Pastries
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These homemade berry turnovers use a shortcut version of traditional puff pastry dough that’s often referred to as rough puff pastry. Each bite is mostly flaky dough with just a touch of berry filling. Make sure the butter is very cold before beginning the dough.


Ingredients

Berry Filling

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon warm water
  • 1 cup (about 150g) mixed berries (I use 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup halved blackberries, 1/4 cup chopped strawberries)
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons (18g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Dough

  • 1 and 1/3 cups (166g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for generously flouring hands, surface, and dough
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks; 170g) unsalted butter, very cold and cubed
  • 68 Tablespoons (90-120ml) ice cold water

Egg Wash + Topping

  • 1 large egg*
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk
  • optional: coarse sugar for topping
  • optional: vanilla icing

Instructions

  1. Make the filling first so it has time to cool: Whisk the cornstarch and water together until all the cornstarch has dissolved. (I just use a fork to mix– very easy.) Place the berries, sugar, cornstarch mixture, and lemon juice into a small saucepan over medium heat. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir the mixture as it cooks. Break up some of the berries as you stir. Bring it to a simmer and allow to simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove pan from the heat and cool completely. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Once cool, filling can be covered and refrigerated for up to 5 days before using. Makes 3/4 cup of filling.
  2. Make the dough: Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Place the cold and cubed butter on top. Gently toss the flour and butter together with your hands, and then briefly rub the butter into the flour to begin combining them, as you can see in the video tutorial above. You do not want to break down the butter too much in this step. This step is only possible if the butter is very cold because if the butter is warm, you’ll end up with paste. I do not recommend a food processor, pastry cutter, or mixer for this step because it will break down the butter too much.
  3. At this point, the butter is still in large cubes/chunks. Begin adding the ice cold water 1 Tablespoon (15ml) at a time until dough forms 1 large shaggy clump in your bowl. Use your hands to toss the mixture together after you add each Tablespoon. (I usually start with 2 Tablespoons (30ml) of water before I begin tossing together.) You can use a spatula or spoon for tossing, but I really do recommend your hands so you get a good feel of the dough. As the dough begins to hydrate after about 4 Tablespoons (60ml) of water, you can start lightly squeezing or clumping the dough together with your hands to help bring it together. Mixture will still be very shaggy, as you can see in the video above and photos below. If your dough feels sticky and wet before adding 6 Tablespoons of water, your butter was likely too warm– you can continue with the recipe, but the dough will not be as flaky.
  4. Pour the shaggy clump of dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. There will still be large chunks of butter at this point and that’s a good thing. Begin patting the dough down with lightly floured hands until it’s 3/4 – 1 inch thick, about a 5×8 inch rectangle. Fold the dough into thirds as if you were folding a business letter. Use your hands to gently flatten and smooth out any cracks in your dough. Wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap, parchment paper, or aluminum foil, or place into any tightly sealed container.
  5. 1st refrigeration: Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
  6. Roll & Fold: Take the dough out of the refrigerator to begin the “rolling and folding” process. If the dough chilled for longer than about 3 hours, it’s likely very stiff so let it rest for about 5 minutes before you begin rolling. Lightly flour a work surface. The dough gets sticky, so make sure you have more flour nearby as you roll and fold. Use your hands to gently flatten the dough into a small square. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 6 inch wide and 12 inch tall rectangle that’s 1/2 inch thick. The exact dimensions are not important, but the thickness is. As you roll, it’s best to flip the dough over once or twice to make sure it’s not sticking to your work surface. Lightly flour your work surface as needed. Fold the rectangle into thirds as if it were a business letter. (See photos and video tutorial.) Turn it clockwise or counter clockwise and roll it out into a 6×12 inch 1/2 inch thick rectangle again. Then, fold into thirds again. Turn it clockwise or counter clockwise. You’ll repeat rolling and folding 4 more times for a total of 6 times.
  7. 2nd Refrigeration: Wrap up/seal tightly and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes and up to 24 hours. You can also freeze the dough at this point. See freezing instructions.
  8. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Rimmed baking sheets are best because butter may leak from the dough as it bakes. If you don’t have rimmed baking sheets, when it’s time to preheat the oven, place another baking sheet on the oven rack below to catch any butter that may drip.
  9. Take the dough out of the refrigerator to begin the shaping steps. Lightly flour a work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 12-inch square. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut into 9 4-inch squares. Transfer squares to prepared baking sheets. (4 on one, 5 on the other.)
  10. Spoon 1 heaping Tablespoon of filling into the center of each square. Fold one corner over the filling to make a triangle. If some chunky filling has seeped out, use a fork to push it back in if you can. Using a fork, crimp the edges of the turnovers together to seal. If the dough has become too warm and sticky to crimp, refrigerate the triangles for 10 minutes. You want to make sure you have a tightly sealed turnover to help prevent filling from spilling out in the oven.
  11. Chill the shaped turnovers in the refrigerator, covered or uncovered, for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour (or freeze, see freezing instructions below). You can preheat the oven and make the egg wash (next steps) as they finish up chilling.
  12. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
  13. Egg Wash: Whisk the egg and milk together. Brush on each turnover. Cut 3 slits into the tops of each to allow steam to escape. If desired, sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  14. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and around the edges. Some butter may leak from the dough, that’s completely normal and expected. Feel free to remove the baking sheets from the oven halfway through baking and brush the dough with any of the leaking butter, then place back in the oven to finish baking. (That’s what I do!)
  15. Remove baked turnovers from the oven. Cool for at least 5 minutes before icing/serving. Centers will be hot.
  16. Drizzle with vanilla icing if desired.
  17. Cover leftover iced or un-iced turnovers and store at room temperature for 1 day or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Or you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw before serving. Before enjoying, feel free to reheat leftover iced or un-iced turnovers in the microwave for a few seconds until warmed.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: You can make the filling up to 5 days ahead of time. See the end of step 1. For the dough, prepare as instructed in steps 2-4. At this point the dough can be refrigerated up to 24 hours. You can also prepare the dough through step 6. At this point the dough can be refrigerated for up to another 24 hours. During or after this second chilling time, you could also freeze the dough for up to 1 month. (I don’t recommend freezing the dough before the rolling and folding step.) Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then continue with step 8. In step 11, you can cover and freeze the shaped turnovers for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator, then continue with step 12.
  2. Mixed Berry Filling: The ratios I list above are what I find work best, but feel free to substitute in raspberries. You can use all blueberries, all halved blackberries, or all chopped strawberries instead. Raspberries are very fragile and juicy, so I don’t recommend using all raspberries for this filling. You can use frozen berries (don’t thaw) with no changes to the recipe.
  3. Double Batch: The filling and dough recipe can easily be doubled. In step 4, make sure you’re patting the dough to be about 3/4 – 1 inch thick. In step 6, roll out to 1/2 inch thick. The dimensions in both of these steps doesn’t matter much, but the thickness does. In step 9, divide dough in half before rolling out into 2 separate 12-inch squares. Continue with the recipe as written.
  4. Other Uses For This Dough: After the dough has chilled in step 7, it’s ready to shape however you want. This recipe makes around 1/2 pound of dough, which is enough for one 9-inch tart or pie. If your pie or tart recipe requires par-baking with pie weights, I still recommend using them with this dough. I would follow all of the same instructions in your recipe, just switching out the dough to this. After step 7, roll it out to a 12 inch circle and use it as the topping for this skillet pot pie. Or after step 7, roll it out to a 12 inch circle and use it as the bottom crust for quiche— par-bake and dock the crust with a fork as instructed in the quiche recipe. Or after step 7, roll it out to a 10×14 inch rectangle and follow the recipe for honey pear tart.
  5. Chilling shaped turnovers: Chilling the shaped turnovers in the refrigerator before baking them helps them maintain their shape in the oven. Remember, cold pastry dough is best. I usually refrigerate them for 15 minutes as the oven preheats. If you’re nervous to chill the baking sheets in the refrigerator then bake them (which can cause warping), you have two other options. You can simply assemble the turnovers on parchment paper or silicone baking mats, lift the parchment/baking mat as a whole and place on another baking sheet or directly onto a shelf in the refrigerator. After chilling, carefully lift up and place the entire parchment/baking mat onto the baking sheets for baking. Or you can use a thin spatula and very carefully transfer the assembled unbaked pastries to a large plate to chill.
  6. Egg Wash: An egg wash promises that golden sheen on your pastries. You can skip the egg and use a total of 3 Tablespoons (45ml) milk (any kind, dairy or nondairy) instead.

Keywords: berry turnovers, puff pastry

Detailed Explanations & Step-by-Step Photos

The following photos show the bowl of dry ingredients with the cold and cubed butter on top. In the right photo, you can see me gently tossing the flour and butter together. In this step, I’m briefly/barely rubbing the butter into the flour to start combining them. This step is only possible if the butter is very cold because if the butter is warm, you’ll end up with paste.

mixing rough puff pastry dough in glass bowl

At this point, as you can see in the photo on the left below, the butter is still in large cubes/chunks. That’s great! Now let’s add the ice cold water 1 Tablespoon at a time, using our hands to toss it all together. (Note that I usually start with 2 Tablespoons of water before I begin tossing together.) You can use a spatula or spoon for tossing, but I really do recommend your hands so you get a good feel of the dough.

mixing rough puff pastry dough in glass bowl

Photo below left: Continue adding the ice cold water and tossing the mixture together after each has been added. As the dough begins to hydrate after about 4 Tablespoons of water, you can start lightly squeezing or clumping the dough together with your hands to help bring it together. Mixture will still be very shaggy, as you can see.

See the photo below on the right? You only need 6-8 Tablespoons of ice cold water to get to this point. Do not add any more or any less. If your dough reaches this point before adding 6 Tablespoons of water, your butter was likely too warm. You can continue with the recipe with less water, but the dough will not be as flaky.

mixing rough puff pastry dough in glass bowl

Pour the shaggy clump of dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, as you can see in the photo on the left below. There will still be large chunks of butter. That’s great! Begin patting it down with your hands until it’s about 3/4 – 1 inch thick, about a 5×8 inch rectangle:

shaping rough puff dough

As shown in the photos below, fold the dough into thirds as if you were folding a business letter. This is exactly how we fold biscuits dough, too!

folding and flattening pastry dough

1st refrigeration: Now use your hands to gently flatten and smooth out any cracks in your dough “business letter” then wrap it in plastic wrap, aluminum foil, parchment paper, or place in a sealed container, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.


Now it’s time for the rolling pin. Remove dough from the refrigerator and begin rolling out.

rolling out puff pastry dough with rolling pin

You’re going for a 1/2 inch thick, about a 6 inch wide and 12 inch tall rectangle. The exact dimensions are not important, but the thickness is. Fold the rectangle into thirds like a business letter:

the stages of folding pastry dough

Turn it clockwise or counter clockwise, then grab your rolling pin again:

rolling out puff pastry dough

Repeat this 5 more times, for a total of 6 rolling out + folding sessions. After the 6th time, wrap the dough up again and chill for at least 15 minutes and up to 24 hours.

Success Tip: If the dough “business letter” is so thick or impossible to roll out, cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for 5 minutes before trying again. The butter just needs to slightly soften. Lightly flour your work surface whenever necessary.


Now the dough is packed with layers upon layers of buttery dough. Roll it out to a 12-inch square. Cut into 9 4-inch squares.

shaping dough to make turnovers

Place the squares onto 2 lined baking sheets. Place 1 heaping Tablespoon of berry filling in the center of each.

mixed berry filling on pastry squares

Fold over to create a triangle. Some filling is bound to leak out. Don’t worry about it! Crimp edges with a fork. If dough has gotten too soft at this point and the dough is too sticky to crimp shut, stop and refrigerate everything for 10 minutes. You want to make sure you have a tightly sealed turnover to help prevent it from spilling out in the oven.

folding and crimping the edges of a turnover before baking

After shaping each turnover and crimping the edges, I strongly recommend refrigerating them for at least 15 minutes as you preheat the oven and make your egg wash. This helps guarantee they will hold shape.


Cut slits into the tops of shaped turnovers and brush with egg wash (egg + milk or just use milk). Sprinkle with coarse sugar– I usually use Sugar in the Raw or these coarse sugar sprinkles, both of which can be found in the baking aisle of major grocery stores.

turnovers on baking sheet with egg wash on top before baking

Bake until golden brown. Butter will definitely leak from this dough, so don’t get nervous if you see that happening in the oven.

baked turnovers on baking sheet

252 Comments

  1. I had so much fun making these yummy, flaky, berry-filled turnovers! I enjoyed the process of making a rough puff pastry, and will definitely make it again. I always loved turnovers as a kid, and as an adult would always turn to frozen pastry if I wanted to “home-bake” fruit filled turnovers, but now I have a skill set to make the pastry from scratch….thank you Sally, for your wonderful, detailed instructions, pictures, and video! Another stellar recipe!

  2. Diane VandenPlas says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! Rather than turnovers, I used mini pie molds to create mini-puff pastry tarts. My family and friends LOVED these so much! Thanks for another great recipe!

  3. These were a chore to make but the result was absolutely delicious! The turnovers were the perfect balance of sweet and tart and the rough puff was perfectly flaky and delicious. I would like to make this again with other filling combinations. Pay particular attention to the size of your puff squares before you put the filling in…precision is key to not overfill.

  4. Happy to report that these turned out great. I made mine with apple filling. Since I read some reviews saying the filling was too little, I made about double the amount and that was perfect for me. I love lots of filling.

    For all of you who are based in Europe: I needed less water, so start slowly! The flour here seems to absorb less. If you are in Germany, use flour Type 550.

  5. As always – the recipe was very clear and the video and photos helped a lot. Keeping the butter cold was tricky in July — maybe this would have been a better recipe challenge for the spring or autumn!!

  6. Paula Sullivan says:

    I always thought puff required yeast! The process looked complicated at first glance but working through the recipe was easy and results were delicious. Will definitely make this one a keeper!!

  7. This was a great recipe! I definitely overfilled mine because I didn’t want to waste filling but they came out super pretty and flaky. I’ve never done puff pastry before but your photos were super clear and even though I was really nervous when I took it out to roll it the first time (there was so much butter and would it ever look that smooth) by 6 repetitions it was perfect. I did 1/2c blueberries and 1/2c blackberries.

  8. I made the dough the night before along with the filling so they could chill in the fridge. This recipe turned out great, just make sure to constantly flour your surface when working with the dough as the butter in mine stuck the the counter (only a few chunks). I followed Sally’s advice to brush the butter that leaked in the oven onto the pastries and this was one of the best tips!! The turnovers were melt in your mouth, flaky, and so delicious. My family enjoyed and so did I, so excited for next month’s baking challenge!

  9. Melissa Lankheet says:

    Follow the directions, it works! The dough DID end up with layers and it was crisp and so so so good warm with the icing on top! Yum. Making again and probably soon because they were gone the day I made them.

  10. Christine Story says:

    I have to admit I was super intimidated by the idea of making rough puff pastry because I have struggled to make good pie dough in the past, which is supposed to be easier than puff, but this recipe was so easy to follow and turned out BOMB! I refered to the video a lot just to make sure my dough consistency was close to her’s and it worked! I used all blueberries in my filling because a friend dropped off a literal grocery bag full of blueberries at my house and I was looking for a ways to use them up. Will definitely make these again, puff pastry no longer scares me! Thank you!

  11. I love making pastries from scratch and have made this recipe 3x already! I love that I can stretch it across multiple days of needed to fit my schedule! I did trim the edges after rolling the dough into 12×12 square to get more loft when baking (something I learned from making croissants). I love adding chia seeds to my jam while it’s cooking on the stovetop too for a little extra oomph in fiber and protein (1 T. for the amount of this jam). Thank you for this recipe!

  12. Lauren O'Neill says:

    I enjoyed making this recipe and my friends devoured them! It was my first time making rough pastry but the directions and pictures made it super easy and straightforward. I definitely didn’t seal mine enough and had a few that leaked but the pastry still turned out great. Will definitely try making these again!

  13. Tara Mcpherson says:

    If you are wanting a sweeter turnover, definitely go with the icing on top 🙂 this recipe really took me past my comfort zone, but Sally’s instructions and videos helped out so much!

  14. Delicious

  15. Paulette Pugh says:

    So glad for the images and video. I was impressed in the rolling process how each time the dough became smoother and smoother. Really enjoyed because I gave up making my own pie crust do to the rolling process and now if feel confident again. Enjoyed making, thank you!!!

  16. These were a challenge but I loved it! The instructions were very easy to follow and the result was definitely worth it! Loved them! Will definitely double the recipe next time!!

  17. Julia Piszczynski says:

    This recipe was so fun and such a great technique to learn. Of course it went PERFECTLY because it’s a SBA recipe. I added cherries to the filling as well as used the icing and they were out of this world. Thank you for all you do!

  18. These were perfect! Turnovers are one of my favorite pastries, so I was excited to see this recipe as the baking challenge this month. The directions were very detailed (and I definitely found the video very helpful as well!). I opted to use all strawberries for my filling this time. I made the dough through step 7 the night before I intended to bake them. This was a great way to save some time and still enjoy them freshly baked for breakfast. When I was filling them I thought it didn’t look like very much filling, but when we ate them it seemed like a good amount. I drizzled Sally’s Vanilla Icing on top before serving. My family loved these! I look forward to trying other fillings in the future (my favorites have always been apple or cherry). Thank you for another amazing recipe!

  19. This was a very delicious dessert and much easier than I expected. I made it but forgot to take pictures because they all disappeared in under 30 minutes! I love your recipes and I always know to expect the best :D!

  20. These turned out wonderfully. Sally’s detailed instructions and video were spot on. This one is a keeper for sure!

  21. Emilee Johnson says:

    I was pretty intimidated by this recipe, but it turned out to be a pretty seamless process with all of the tips and photos. It is time consuming, but WORTH it. Absolutely delicious. 😀

  22. Sarah Taylor says:

    These were a blast to make! They were flaky and delicious. The filling had the perfect amount of sweetness.

  23. Monica Prudencio says:

    These were delicious, and so easy! I definitely recommend making them over two days (I made the dough and fruit the night before, then rolled out the dough and shaped and baked the turnovers the following morning). I did mixed berries and I thought that was great but would love to try apple or a single berry in the future!

  24. Karen Rueger says:

    Great recipe and instructions.
    I used freshly ground soft white wheat flour, so mine didn’t end up as flaky as the pictures, but I’m still super happy with the result! That’s how whole wheat goes. These are technically healthy now, right? 🙂
    Love the tartness of the filling with the earthiness of the crust.

  25. I really enjoy baking but I was intimidated by this kind of baking. I felt like a real pastry chef while making it. 😀 Such a fun experience with delicious outcome. I can’t believe I could pull this off. Thank you so much, Sally, I can see your passion not only for baking, but also for teaching others to bake. 🙂

  26. I will never buy frozen puff pastry again! Your instructions were so clear and so easy to follow. I just tasted one and wow! It’s so flakey and buttery and the strawberry filling is sooooo delicious. They also smell AMAZING! Thank you so much for this recipe. I can’t wait to play around with different fillings during the next couple seasons.

  27. The dough for this recipe was perfect! The instructions were spot on. My kitchen was really warm, so I had to place the dough in the fridge a few times between folds. I made a mistake on a few of the turnovers by not sealing them as well as I could have. They still turned out delicious!

  28. I loved making the pastry – so flaky and great layers! With one tablespoon of filling, the turnovers weren’t as flavorful as I’d hoped, although using any more than that and I’m sure the filling would have leaked out. Overall I enjoyed these and would definitely use the pastry for something else in the future.

  29. Patti Price says:

    These were absolutely delicious and I’m head over heels in love with this rough puff pastry! I started them yesterday and served for brunch this morning and they were gone pretty much immediately. Ultra picky boyfriend loved them as well and wants more with different fillings like cherry or apple. I agree with some reviewers that the sugar and icing on top is a must as otherwise they might not be quite sweet enough. I’m dying to make a pie with this pastry – why bother with regular pie crust when this is so much better. Sally, any tips for using this rough puff pastry for pie crust?

    1. Hi Patti! I’m so happy to read how much you love this rough puff pastry! It’s surprisingly simple once you get going. You can use this as a replacement for pie dough in mostly any pie recipe. (Note that this yields 1 9-inch pie crust, so it would not be enough for a double crust pie.) If the pie recipe calls for par-baking (blind baking), go ahead and do that but with this dough. All directions would be the same, just swapping out the dough!

      1. Patti Price says:

        Thank you for the quick reply. You better believe I’m going to be making a pie with this dough ASAP!
        In my opinion, SBA is THE go-to for online baking recipes, tips, tutorials… pretty much all things baking. Thank you Sally for freely sharing all your knowledge and expertise!

  30. Delicious! Such an easy and quick recipe. I will definitely be making these for the family again. I also loved the smaller size.

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A tradition since 2013, every December we countdown to Christmas with 10 new cookie recipes in a row!

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The first week of every November is all about Thanksgiving Pies.

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About Sally

Welcome to my Kitchen!

I’m Sally, a cookbook author, photographer, and blogger. My goal is to give you the confidence and knowledge to cook and bake from scratch while providing quality recipes and plenty of pictures. Grab a cookie, take a seat, and have fun exploring! more about Sally

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