Now that the season has turned to the crisp atmosphere of winter, it’s the perfect time to start cozying up by the fireplace, hot cocoa in hand, or to wrap yourself in your favorite blanket while sipping on the morning’s coffee. But best of all is enjoying all the warm baked treats that are so appropriate this time of year. And hardly anything is better than a fresh batch of cardamom-spiced pear turnovers.

Cardamom Spiced Pear Turnovers

Unlike the bursting flavor of summer stone fruits and berries, winter fruit is rich but understated—the flavors need to be coaxed into fullness. So, in this recipe I baked a batch of pears to release their wonderful taste while submerging them in spices and wrapping them in warm and flaky puff pastry. The sweet notes of the pears are enhanced by brown sugar, cardamom, orange, and cinnamon, while the pastry provides a buttery, flaky contribution that balances the textures at play. The result is a perfect handheld treat that is just the thing you should be making during this time of year.

Cardamom Spiced Pear Turnovers

However, cooking these to perfection can be tough, especially when the extreme precision of baking is required. That’s where Wolf Gourmet’s countertop oven made this recipe so easy. Theoven’s precise temperature control is finely tuned and uniquely calibrated to provide the perfect baking process every time. I simply selected the Bake mode, set my temperature and time, and these turnovers came out evenly baked and browned—basically perfect. This oven is a great addition to my kitchen, and already has gotten used for roasting veggies for soup and toasting bread for my morning’s breakfast. This oven also features a convection setting, which for those who like to bake is a total win!

While this recipe calls for store bought puff pastry, I encourage you to keep an eye out for a local bakery that might sell it instead. I was able to grab some from my local bakery and the result was amazing. If you can’t find any locally, I encourage you to buy the best quality puff pastry that you can find, I promise that it makes all the difference.

Cardamom Spiced Pear Turnovers

Happy Baking!

Cardamom Spiced Pear Turnovers
Cardamom Spiced Pear Turnovers
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Cardamom Spiced Pear Turnovers
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Servings
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8 turnovers
Ingredients
  • 1 package puff pastry
  • 2 cups diced bosc pears about 2 medium pears
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar plus a bit extra for sprinkling
  • 1 1/4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 tsp water whisked for brushing
Instructions
  • In a medium bowl, add the pears, both sugars, cornstarch, both spices, sea salt, orange juice, and vanilla. Mix everything together until combined.
  • Remove one sheet of puff pastry from the refrigerator, and on a lightly floured surface roll into a 10” x 10” square. Use either a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into 4 equal sized squares.
  • Place about 2 heaped tablespoons in the the center of each square. Using either a moistened finger, or a pastry brush dipped in water, wet the edges of each square with a small amount of water. Carefully fold each square over to form a triangle. Once folded, use your finger to press the edges together.
  • Use the back of a fork to crimp the edges of the turnover. Carefully place the turnovers on a tray lined with parchment paper and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. Repeat this process once more time for the second sheet of puff pastry.
  • Turn the oven on and select its bake setting and preheat it to 375°F. Remove 2-3 turnovers from the fridge and place on the Wolf Gourmet baking pan that’s been lined with parchment paper. Cut 2 small slits into each turnover, and brush each one with the egg wash. Sprinkle each turnover with a bit of granulated sugar and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until browned and puffed. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack for around 5-10 minutes. Enjoy warm, or at room temperature.
  • Follow this process to bake the remaining turnovers, or freeze them and save for another time. To save for another time, simply freeze the turnovers on a tray, then transfer to a ziplock bag. Before baking, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at the same temperature, although the baking time will take about 5-10 minutes longer.

 

Kistan Raines - The Broken Bread

 

Kristan Raines is a recipe developer, photographer, stylist, and writer dedicated to exploring the beauty of seasonal fare. You can find more of her creations on her website, The Broken Bread.

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