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