" War Of The Roses, The" Mouth Watering Kathleen Turnovers

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You will need:

For the pastry:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 6 tbl chilled vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg, scrambled

For the spinach filling:

  • 1/2 lb frozen spinach
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 3 tbl olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • pinch nutmeg

For the apple filling:

  • 2 baking apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbl butter
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Directions:

1. Make the pie crust: In a medium bowl, mix together the flours, salt and sugar. Add the shortening and using a pastry blender or two knives, work it into the flour until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Add butter and continue cutting it in until the bits are no larger than small peas. Add the cream cheese one tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork after each addition to moisten the dough evenly. Using your hands, gently shape the dough into a disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 20 minutes.

2. Make the spinach filling: Squeeze excess water from the spinach and toss with the scallions, parsley, dill and walnuts in a large mixing bowl.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach mixture and remove from heat to cool.

4. Mix together the cheeses, egg and nutmeg in a small mixing bowl. Stir the cheese mixture into the spinach mixture, check seasonings and set aside.

5. Make the apple filling: Combine the apples, golden raisins, cranberry juice, cinnamon, powdered sugar and butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

6. Make the spinach turnovers: Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400?F

7. Cut the dough into two equal pieces; wrap and return one piece to the refrigerator. Dust a clean work surface with flour and roll the dough out into a rectangle measuring approximately 12x16 inches. Trim any ragged edges and quarter the dough into four 6x8 inch pieces.

8. Spoon 4 to 5 tablespoons of filling onto each rectangle, brush the edges with a little egg wash and fold over to enclose the filling. Crimp the sealed edges gently with the tines of a fork and brush the tops with egg wash. Transfer the turnovers to a prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

9. Make the apple turnovers: Roll out the remaining dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch (a little thicker than a quarter). Use a 5 or 6" round cutter to cut out 4 rounds and fill each with 1/4 cup of apple filling. Egg wash the inside edges, fold over and seal as with the spinach turnovers.

10. Brush the top of each turnover with eggwash and dust with a little sugar; transfer to a baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, until golden.

11. Before diving into the snacks, have each guest sign a pre-nuptial agreement forfeiting all rights to leftovers.



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