Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers

COFFEE MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING.  CHOCOLATE MAKES IT WORTHWHILE.”  Author Unknown

Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers | From My Sweet Heart

The cycle of a lazy Sunday morning.  I am too comfortable in my bed and my eyes remain closed as I contemplate how to spend this beautiful day.  Everything about this morning feels good.  And soft.  The soft, cool breeze wafting through my window stirs me to wrap my favorite soft, cotton blanket around me, my feet, still poking out.  The soft, tinkling of the wind chimes relax me to sink even deeper into my soft, pillowy feather bed.  I can sense that my soft and sweet, affectionate cat, Sinclair, has come to enjoy the morning, too.  His soft little face gently nudges my head.  Nudging, but I won’t open my eyes.  Nudging, and my nose begins to itch.  Nudging, I roll over.  Nudging, he finds me on the other side.  Nudging, nudging, nudging!  Sinclair!!! 

So Sinclair is out and I am up!  A warm cup of coffee, light with cream begs to wash down…..something.  The coffee keeps me focused just enough to layer mascarpone, strawberries, strawberry jam and bits of milk chocolate on cold flat pastry.  But I am patient….I know that it’s just a matter of time until the dough warms and puffs and flakes and browns in the oven.  Wait!  Let me sprinkle it with sugar and toss some almonds on top for good measure!  And it’s just as I had hoped!  Maybe even more!  Warm and crusty, sweet and gooey. Chocolate and strawberries mingling and oozing.  It’s pure, blissful, comforting.  And it’s gone before my coffee has time to wash over it.  A few more sips.  And I am tucked back in bed.  The perfect lazy morning until…..

…..Sinclair nudges my head again! 

These simple turnovers are soooooo good, you will think you purchased them at your favorite foo-fooey,  she-she bakery!  In the time it takes to make and drink your first cup of coffee….these will be done!

 

Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers | From My Sweet Heart

Does anyone else find it kind of absurd that a recipe can call for a square 8 x 8 brownie pan to yield 16 brownies?  For me, that brownie pan yields 9!  (Yes, I know….portion control, and that one brownie should be cut in half!)  Well I kind of feel the same about puff pastry dough.  There are 2 sheets to a package.  And this recipe originally claimed to make 18 turnovers!  But even with rolling out the dough ….I found it more reasonable to make 8-10.  Once you roll out the dough a bit, cut it into 4-6 inch squares to be sure you have enough surface to fill and fold over.

 

Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers | From My Sweet Heart

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY TURNOVERS:

  • 1 (17.3 oz) package of frozen puff pastry sheets (2 sheets in a box), thawed
  • 1/3 cup of mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup of strawberry jam
  • 8-12 strawberries (one for each turnover), sliced
  • 6 oz milk chocolate, roughly chopped (or chips)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3-4 Tablespoons sliced almonds
  • course sugar for sprinkling

 

Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers | From My Sweet Heart

Preheat your oven to 400°F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Unroll your puffed pastry sheets onto a lightly floured surface.  Gently roll out the square to make it just a bit larger and to get rid of the ‘seams’ created from being folded.  Cut each pastry sheet into 4 even squares, so that you will have 8 squares. (Trim the sides if necessary to have them be perfectly even squares).  Top each square with a teaspoon of mascarpone cheese.  Flatten and spread the cheese down a bit.  Place the strawberry slices on top of the cheese.  Top each strawberry with a teaspoon of strawberry jam.  Top the jam with a Tablespoon of chocolate.  Brush the edges of the dough with egg wash.  Fold into triangles. Crimp the edges of the triangle with a fork or a crimping tool.  Poke the top of each turnover with a fork.  Brush the tops with more egg wash.  Sprinkle with coarse sugar.  Sprinkle with sliced almonds to your liking.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.  Allow to cool slightly.  But best when served warm!

 

Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers | From My Sweet Heart

 

I wanted to show you something in the photo above.  I LOVE thrift store shopping and I seem to be lucky to have a pretty good one in my neighborhood.  I am there nearly every Saturday morning at 10am exactly when it opens.  The last time I was there, I found these really pretty, sweet little ceramic mugs, which were made in Ireland!  Hester, from Alchemy in the Kitchen informed me that they are Nicholas Moss ceramics.  Indeed, they are imprinted with his name on the bottom of the mugs!  There were only 2 and one had a slight chip.  But I just loved the detailing on them, particularly how the blue pattern was also found in the inside rim of the mug!  So lovely!  And they were only 99 cents each!  And they were really perfect for this lazy morning!

I hope you try these turnovers.  Of course you may vary the chocolate, fruit, jam, and nuts!

And here is Sinclair.  He reminds me of a cross between a black bear and the Grinch.  He’s a cat who thinks he’s a dog.  And he’s my sweetie pie!

 

Sinclair | From My Sweet Heart

Enjoy!

:-D

Comments

  1. Mmmmm… I bet these were delicious! I loved reading your post. Nudge..nudge… Sinclair! LOL! I have a cat that weighs close 20lbs and she loves to come and sit on my chest in the morning. Talk about a wake up call… I can’t breathe so I have to get up. You gotta love them. :) I also had a good laugh at portion control… now that’s something I need to look into. LOL! I know I would eat at least 2 of these gorgeous turnovers. Have a great day!! :)

    • Thanks Ramona! Boy cats really do things on their own terms and make us do things on their own terms, too! : ) But these turnovers were worth getting up to make. And so it your napa cabbage veggie stir fry! Wow! : )

  2. Sinclair is quite the character, and these turnovers are divine. Reading your post has lulled me into a kind of soft and dreamy mood and longing for a sweet pastry. You scored a great find with your mugs. I would be broke as a joke if I had a thrift store in my neighborhood!

    • Thanks Sandra! Broke as a joke? You are the Queen of the Bargain…..and a wonderful source of inspiration…..just look at you Easter Inspiration Board…..it’s just beautiful! : )

  3. Oh Sinclair sounds like our little Emma. As much as I like to take my time getting up, she is in my face at the first move of a muscle. It’s so endearing though! And for these turnovers, I’ll hop out of bed anyday. They look amazing!

    • Thanks Cassie…..I love your Wednesday ramblings! And isn’t funny how cats have to be in the highest spot in your home? Glad she’s fine after slipping from such heights! : )

  4. Sinclair sounds like a real character, Anne! They say dogs come when they are called, and cats will take a message and get back to you :)

    Love the turnovers. What a gorgeous breakfast. Great photos as always and I love your Nicholas Mosse mugs – I can’t believe you got them for 99c each! I love his ceramics.

    • Hester…thanks so much for telling me about these mugs! I feel like I’ve just been on the Antiques Road Show. When I looked them up online…..you are right….99 cents WAS a bargain! And talk about a gorgeous breakfast……your Strawberry Pan Perdu was just delightful! : )

  5. hometownfriend says:

    Anne,

    Great photography, great imagery, and great prose but I must admit you lost me with the “foo-fooey, she-she bakery”? I guess I need to get around more!
    Mike

  6. This looks so yummy, a perfect breakfast. I love your quote at the top, so cute!

  7. Ha- those pesty pet alarm clocks! My little chihuahua likes to kick in the morning, so I have to get up also. However, just the thought of these turnovers in the morning would be enough to roust me out of bed-yum! Chocolate and strawberry-delicious.

    • Thanks Tina! Our pets are like kids and I guess there’s no sleeping in on the weekends any more! Your Oatey Naptime Muffins are a perfect idea for a relaxing weekend as well! : )

  8. Those look great! I just got my first strawberries from the market yesterday, so strawberries are on the menu!

    • Thanks Renae! The strawberries are starting to look good again! I look forward to stopping by to see what you do with them! : )

  9. Oh, I totally know what you mean about the brownie pan thing. Brownies are just one of my favorite things ever so I always get less than the box says :)

    These turnovers look great! So perfectly flaky! Chocolate, strawberry, and marscarpone are a perfect combo!

    • Thanks Steph…..and I guess we have strawberries on the brain! You have an amazing recipe for strawberry sherbet that I am dying to try! : )

  10. These look heavenly. I really need to stat checking out some thrift stores to get some “props”.

    • Thanks Brianne! I am looking forward to whipping up some of your granola…hopefully this weekend! You should go thrift store shopping. Hester at Alchemy in the Kitchen recognized the potter who made the mugs. I looked up his site online….the mugs that I paid 99 cents for are sold for $31 dollars each! I feel so fortunate for my find! Happy hunting! : )

  11. Chocolate does make it worthwhile but chocolate with strawberries is undeniably the best combination. I bet these were heavenly.

    • Anuradha….these were good. But right now…I’ve got my eye on your BEAUTIFUL Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip cookies. They look absolutely sensational! : )

  12. Oh wow, these look amazing! The flaky texture in that last picture is perfect, I’ve never made turnovers but this has inspired me :)

    • Oh thanks Anna! But honestly….I cannot wait to try your Buffalo Chicken Soup….that just looks incredible! : )

  13. Just gorgeous! How can you go wring with chocolate & strawberries?

    My husband call our cat, Braveheart, his cat-dog because he’s so social & comes when we call him! Your kit is so cute!

    • Susan….Braveheart and Sinclair sound a lot alike…..Sinclair responds to commands unlike my other cat Little Girl who does everything on her own terms. I have to tell you….your Chocolate Orange Sables are unbelievably beautiful. I must make them soon! : )

  14. What a great overall post! Love the quote, the turnovers look so delicious, and what a cute kitty photo!

  15. What a fabulous combination of flavors for turnovers, Anne! These look absolutely mouthwatering. I could definitely demolish a few of these for breakfast or dessert, haha! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!

  16. You are my hero once more, come to rescue me from the dark depths of cereal breakfasts ;)
    These look sinfully delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Ha! Sometimes you just have to shake it up a bit in the morning! And I can’t tell you how much time I spend just drooling over your wonderful creations! : )

  17. I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award because I found your blog to be simply awesome and delicious – come check it out here: http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/a-monstrous-post/
    Congrats :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Oh my gosh! How very very kind! You are so sweet to think of me. And anyone who has visited your beautiful and creative blog will understand how honored I am to have you pass this along to me. Thank you so very much! : )

  18. This is so yummy! I too have the issue of getting as many servings from an 8×8″ pan of brownies as “they” call for. What is their problem? Just give me the brownies and stop cutting them in half! Sinclair looks just like my Gigi girl!

    • Thanks Dee…..I’m all for portion control…..but NOT with brownies! And your Brown Butter Chocolate Stuffed Toffee Chip cookies are INSANE! And are on my short list of things to make! Everyone….definitely check these out!!! : )

  19. Sinclair is so cute–and black cats are the best, I had one for a lot of years. And now that I’m done gushing about the cat, the turnovers look delicious too!

    • Black cats really are so cool! And speaking of cool…..your honey gelato is just beautiful and I received some honey from my Foodie Pen Pal this month and I think it’s going right into this creamy treat! Thanks for a great recipe! : )

  20. These look SO good! A cat named Sinclair is a riot. He might like our Tallulah. :)

  21. Aw, look at sweet Sinclair!!! So cute! And your house is just filled with deliciousness…these turnovers look outstanding. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend~

    • Thanks Lizzy…..made these last Sunday and the house smelled great! Kind of like what yours must have smelled like with those wonderful Chocolate Sables….that ganache is just beautiful as well. Hoping your weekend is just GREAT! : )

  22. Sinclair looks like a real sweetie! Sounds like he has a wonderful home. What great little turnovers! So easy and gooey and chocolatey! YUM! Love the mugs and Thrift store shopping Your photos feel like early morning!

    • Thanks MJ…..and yes….Sinclair has a wonderful home….I’m just so thankful he allows me to live in it! ;- ) And I have to say….your green chile succotash looks just AMAZING!!! : )

  23. Ah, it’s so cute, a little naughty, but cute. Makes me long for the times I had a cat, and I love these turnovers. This is exactly the kind of thing, that makes me very happy to jump out of bed in the morning, I mean chocolate, berries and cream cheese in flaky pastry??? Lovely! :)

    • Oh Ms. G…..thank you so much. And speaking of chocolate…..your chocolate mousse marathon is awesome! I have a feeling your recipe will be my go to for chocolate mousse! : )

  24. Oh, YUM! Your cat is adorable and I completely agree with you regarding the 8×8 pan servings! Terrific turnover!

  25. Sinclair sounds like Bailey, our littlest dog who, as soon as day breaks crawls up on the pillows and insists on her early morning snuggle. curling herself in to a small furry ball and nestling herself into a snooze regardless of whose face she might be tickling. Your turnovers looks just delightful, a perfect quick and easy start to a day well-spent in bed!

    • Hey thanks you guys! How can we resist our babies when they want to snuggle!? And your Jamaican Jerk Chicken is the perfect alternative to a tropical getaway! It looks awesome! : )

  26. Sinclair is pretty darn cute and what a perfect Sunday… (although, I’ll be honest, we keep our cat, Monsieur Black, in his own ‘quarters’ at night otherwise he’d be nudging our noses at 5 am – a tad early for my blood :)). Loved the quote Anne – hee.hee – and I’ll I can say is, thank goodness you are not my neighbour!! I would be completely helpless to stop myself from eating your delights all day long!!

    • Kelly…I usually lock my bedroom door so that he can’t push his way in! But he got in! Fortunately it wasn’t 5 am! And I would love to be your neighbor, Kelly….maybe you would invite me over for some of that fabulous proscuitto asparagus salad!!! ;- }

  27. I DEFINITELY find it absurd! Portion sizes are such silly things sometimes. Although, if you cut them that small (and forget that one is a serving), you don’t feel nearly as guilty have seconds and thirds. Love this soft, slow morning. If only all days could start this way. Though, then we might not appreciate them as much.

    • Hi Mikaela….so true. Those bite size things are often more dangerous. I find myself saying ” what’s one little bite?”….and then another….and then another! : – O

  28. Oh goodness these look delicious! I love pastries and a good cup of coffee in the morning. I don’t let myself indulge that often in the pastry part of that equation, but I’d do it in a heartbeat with these lovelies. Great recipe!

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