Friday, December 18, 2015

Apple Turnovers with Salted Whiskey Caramel Sauce

Guys, I have a fever... Baking fever... And the only cure is MORE PASTRIES!

Ok, that was kind of a lame intro, but after visiting Mr. Holmes last weekend and drooling over all of those baked goods, I thought I would save myself a hike and make them right here right now in my own little apartment. Things are about to get boozy up in here as we get closer to the holidays, so join me as I make another delicious recipe that's perfect for a cozy winter weekend in. Share these with your special person, eat them all alone in bed or bring them to as a sweet treat to a family gathering. No matter how you choose to eat them, they are certain to be easy, delicious, and the prep can be really fun if you're a whiskey drinker, like me! ;{D These turnovers are flaky, crunchy, sweet and tart from the apples in the filling. The caramel sauce is buttery, smooth, and has a punch of flavor from your favorite whiskey. Are you sold yet? Oh, and I know the recipe sounds really intense, but trust me- If I can do it, you can too! Homemade caramel sauce sounds really intimidating but I promise, my only cooking skills and qualifications are the fact that i'm always hungry. Let's get to it!

Food porn

You Will Need: 

For the Pastry: 
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 cups water 
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced ( I used granny smith) 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry
For the Whiskey Caramel Sauce-Recipe from Portuguese Girl Cooks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey 
  • 1/4 tsp flaky sea salt (optional)

Cooking apples

FIlling for Apple turnovers

DIY apple turnovers

Puff pastry recipe

Method:

For the Pastry
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a large bowl, add water and lemon juice. Add apple slices to prevent from browning. 
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain apples and add to the skillet, cooking until golden (~2 minutes). Add brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook for 2 more minutes until apples are tender. 
  3. Make a slurry out of cornstarch and water and add to the apples in skillet, stirring until sauce is thick. Remove from heat. 
  4. Unfold pastry sheets and cut each section into a square. Spoon apple mixture into the center of the square and fold from corner to corner, forming a triangle shape. Press corners to seal and place on baking pan about an inch apart. 
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry has puffed up and is golden brown. 
For the Caramel Sauce: 
  1. In a large sauce pan, heat the sugar and water over medium/low heat. Do not mix! Once the edges start to brown, gently swirl the pot a few times to mix. It might be a little chunky or grainy, but don't worry! It'll melt together. Continue to cook the mixture (5-10 minutes) while swirling the pot occasionally until the sauce is a golden brown.
  2. Remove from heat and slowly add heavy cream while whisking constantly. The mixture will bubble and hiss aggressively so watch out! Whisk in the whiskey and sea salt. Transfer to a container and allow to cool with lid off. Heat slightly in the microwave before serving and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt (optional, but really tasty). 

How to make caramel sauce

Whiskey Caramel sauce

Flaky puff pastry

You're all done! Don't they look tasty? I just want to let you guys in on a little hot tip I learned the hard way. So i've never actually made any sort of carmel before and I got distracted and walked away from it for a minute or two (or five, let's be honest). The pot turned black, started smoking, and stunk up the apartment like you would not believe! I had to open all of the windows and dangle the smoking pot out of the kitchen window while it cooled. The fumes from the burnt sugar were so foul, my eyes were literally burning from all the smoke and my hair and the apartment still smell of it haha. I highly recommended keeping a close eye on this! The second time around, I lowered the heat and stuck around with a closer watch. Don't be discouraged! It's truly easy if you aren't easily distracted. Also, the second time around, the caramel smelled amazing so it sort of counteracted the stench of the first batch.

What do you guys think of this recipe? Do you think you'll attempt to make it? Any fellow whiskey drinkers out there? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great weekend everyone! :) 

73 comments:

  1. I don't drink whiskey, but my husband loves ti, so maybe I could rope him in to make these for me...

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. You totally should! They are super easy to make and really tasty. Jake and I saved the whiskey caramel sauce to put over ice cream later ;)

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  2. Those look so yummy!! Definitely going to make these Sunday when I bake Christmas treats!
    -Olivia
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    1. Let me know how they turn out! They're soo tasty. My boyfriend ate 4 in one day so be careful! Hahah! Hope your holiday season is going well Olivia!

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  3. ooooo this looks so yum!

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    1. Thanks Fionna! :) You should try them!!

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  4. Omg this looks amazing! Your images are lovely. Will try!

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    1. Thank you so much Athena! Let me know how they turn out :)

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  5. That rolling of appetizing apple, and looks do not like cakes or pies apples.

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    Helena Primeira
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  6. Oh thank you so much for this recipe! :D These look absolutely delicious, and I can't wait to try it this weekend with my mom <3

    XO, Elizabeth
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    1. Yay!! You'll have to let me know how they turn out when you make them! They're soo good. I seriously ate 3 in the first day hahaha. Hope you have a lovely weekend Elizabeth! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy you like them :) Hope you're having a great Holiday season, Gabrielle!

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  8. I'm so bad at baking but the finishing result always makes me want to give it a go! Looks so yummy!x

    Aimee | AimeeSueXO

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    1. I am too but these are sooo easy! Even if you just make the puff pastry and apples, you're all set! Let me know if you give them a shot! Hope you're doing well Aimee!

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  9. You had me at salted caramel. I love caramel but SALTED caramel is my weakness when it comes to sweets & it always goes so well with apples. I will need to try these out during these holidays! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Omg I knoww!! I have a problem too! This recipe makes soo much caramel sauce so I've literally just been eating it on everything! From popcorn, to graham crackers hahaha Let me know if you try it :) Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  10. Those look so delicious. I love cooking and baking especially this time of year, and that looks like such a tasty holiday treat! I'll have to try it out! :)

    XO Raquel
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    1. Same! I get baking fever where I just want to make and eat EVERYTHING! Let me know how they turn out if you make them, Raquel! I hope you're doing well :)

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  11. Ooooohmahgosh, these look so good! I love apple turnovers, and although I'm not a huge fan of caramel, I'm definitely going to have to try this. I how easy it seems too - I'm like you where I'm not a huge cooker but it looks so good, I can't NOT try it!

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. Yay!! You totally should try them! I was eating them fresh out of the oven at first with no caramel and they were soo good. Anything with puff pastry is amazing hahaha Hope you're having a good holiday season Samantha! :)

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  12. omgg. these. look. amazing - always love a good dessert that incorporates whiskey! Definitely making these this weekend x

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    1. I really do too! Making these was definitely fun, if you get my drift ;) Hope you're having a great weekend! I love your etsy shop, btw!

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  13. Wow! These look so lovely and appetizing! And carmel sauce is my addiction;)

    jointyicroissanty

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    1. Thank you so much! I've never really been a caramel lover until I discovered salted caramel. It's a game changer for sure! Hope you're having a great holiday season! I love your style on your blog, btw!

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  14. Ugh, Rachel, this looks ridiculously GOOD. I hope you get well soon, and yes, pastries are life savers!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

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    1. They are seriously SO good! And don't worry, my baking fever is settling down as the Holidays are approaching! I hope you're doing well, May!

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  15. This look amazing! Have to try this!

    Happy holidays

    x

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    1. You totally should! Let me know if you do Lara! Happy Holidays to you too! Hope you're having a good weekend! :)

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  16. You are killing me with those recipes, girl!!! First it was the mac'n'cheese, now this!! :D This looks sooo delicious, and salted whiskey caramel sauce is such a neat, creative idea! I wonder if you could use that sauce for other things? I'm pretty useless when it comes to baking even the simplest things, but I'd be tempted to try that sauce on pancakes. :D Or am I mad?! x

    Kay
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    1. Hahahaha OH GOD you are putting these evil ideas in my head! And, no, you're not mad... You're a genius! I have a ton of this sauce left and have been drizzling it on ice cream, my finger, and I was going to buy waffles next so I can put it on a hot, crispy waffle. You should totally try it so we can be caramel addicts together! And you know what, If I can make these, you can too! I'm all thumbs in the kitchen so you might have better luck than me! hahaha I hope you're doing well, girly! :)

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  17. These look AMAZING!! They'd be the perfect treat after coming in from a cold Christmas walk, just warm them up a little, lashings of caramel sauce and a good brew, oh yes! Perfect! I'd sprinkle a little cinnamon on the outside of the pastry too, scrumptious!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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    1. Ooohhh I love the imagery you're giving here!! You're making me want to make them all over again so I can eat them proper instead of on the floor, watching "Wheel of Fortune" alone like I actually did. Haha!! Cinnamon on top sounds amazing! Girl, I like where you're going with this. Hope you're doing well Sarah! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Anything with the word caramel makes me more than interested :D <3and I definitely loooove the sound of this! And it looks yummy too. A warm fire, woolly socks and a cup of tea with this..... Uuum i'll just go get the ingredients hehe.
    Hah, i love the way you describe your qualifications. Hunger is a huge motivator for me too :D very often though hanger takes over and makes me cook or bake the easy stuff!
    Emma xxx

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    1. That sounds so amazing! I love the idea of wooly socks, a warm fire and tea... although we don't have a fireplace in this apartment so maybe i'll swap out that tea with more whiskey :) Haha! So happy you understand my hanger and i'm not the only one! Hope you and Myrtle are doing well! Does she have her own stocking yet??

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  19. I love apples and caramel, so this looks like something right up my alley! Thanks for the great recipe! I'll have to test this out :)
    xo Kiki
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    1. Yay!! I do too! Especially salted caramel...mmm... Let me know if you try it! Thanks so much for stopping by Kiki! I hope you're doing well :)

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  20. this looks so good *0* but I am a bad cook, I always end up messing things up haha

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    1. Hahaha That's OK, don't feel bad! I burnt the living shit out of this caramel and my apartment smelled for days! Thanks for stopping by Sera! I hope you're doing well :)

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  21. This looks heavenly! You inspiring me to go cooking.. And that's a lot since I'm not a kitchen princess at all.

    X Merel
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    1. Thanks Merel! They're so easy, I don't think you'll have a problem making these at all! If I can do it, YOU definitely can :) Let me know how it works out for you! Happy holidays!

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  22. Awh sorry to hear about your fever! I hope you feel better soon (:

    This recipe looks so good, but I don't think I'd be able to pull it off. It's incredible that you managed to bake these while also getting such great photos! I can only do one at a time haha.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. Omg don't let the pictures lie to you! I stopped paying attention to the caramel sauce and was messing around with my camera or something and it BURNED and stunk the whole place up! Hahhaha Hope you're doing well Angelina! I love your blanket scarf in your last post! :)

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  23. It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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    1. No problem Trang! Thank you so much for stopping by :) I hope you're having a great day!

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  24. These look so yummy, I want to make them for xmas
    xo
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    1. You definitely should! They're really easy and fast! Let me know if you decide to make them, Laura! Happy Holidays and congrats again on launching your fragrance! :)

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  25. Wow, this must be very delicious, really want to have a taste!!!
    XX
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    1. Thank you so much! I would mail you some but we ate them all super quickly :) Happy holidays!

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  26. Mmm yum! You have like the best recipes! Everything always look so good!

    ARedLip&Love

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    1. Thank you so much sweetheart! I'm so happy you like all of my recipes! Can't wait to see which red dress you choose for xmas, btw. Both look super beautiful on you! Happy Holidays :)

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  27. That looks super delicious, girlie. I will be saving this recipe and trying to re-create it for sure :)
    Awww, hope you are feeling better by the time I am writing this comment!!
    Have a super lovely Christmas!
    xox Nadia
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    1. Yay! You totally should! It's sooo easy. The hardest part was sitting still while the caramel was cooking :) Let me know how this recipe works out for you!! Happy Holidays!

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  28. These look so delicious, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Rachel! Oh my gosh, your style is STUNNING! Can't wait to get to know you more! :)

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  29. I need to make this NOW. Sounds amazingly delicious.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  30. Omg these look so yum! Im gonna try them and add berries! :) Hope your feeling better soon xx

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  31. These look so yummy ♥

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  32. These look lovely! Great wholesome snacks!! Yum :) Laura www.shehearts.net xx

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  33. These look positively delicious - I am super impressed by your baking skills. Definitely need to try to make these this winter! Love your blog as well - so glad to have found it.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  34. WOW! My mouth is watering from this post! The pictures look amazing!!! I would love to try it out this week. Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Emily
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  35. So delicious! Seriously Rachel, your food posts are so perfect.

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

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  36. i'm a little hesitant when trying out pastries but this recipe sounds delicious!!

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  37. OH MY GAWD! This looks so good! Like I'm seriously drooling at work right now. I will NEED to bake them and eat them all might self. haha

    --Elise Richard
    www.caturdaystyle.com

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  38. Oh. My. God. Give me all of the pastries! These look fantastic, great job.

    Bethany | Curly and Wordy

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  39. I am so excited to try these. I have practically zero baking skills so this is a wonderful recipe to get me started. These look so scrumptious! Enjoy 'em :)

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