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Ione Dellos, Staff Writer

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Welcome back to another edition of FFTCD! This month, I’ll be walking you through the process of making peach turnovers. These are by far one of the best things I have ever made, and I highly recommend eating them with some vanilla ice cream. Also, here’s a fun tip: don’t have any friends at school (me)? Just bring a box of these bad boys to class with you, and kids will be running back from Safeway faster than you can say “I have no friends!” Thanks, peach turnovers!

Ingredients (for the crust):

 

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

Ingredients (for the peach filling):

 

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and diced peaches
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 small peach, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

Topping:

 

  • 1 Tbsp cream
  • 2 tsp sugar

Let’s get cooking!

  1. For the crust, combine flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Add cubed butter and process for 10 seconds, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. With the food processor running, add 1/4 cup ice water in a steady stream. If needed, add additional ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, and process just until dough holds together in large clumps (no more than 30 seconds). Divide dough into two equal portions. Wrap each portion in plastic, and flatten slightly to form a disc. Chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days, or place in a freezer bag and freeze up to 1 month).
  2. For the filling, combine butter, diced peaches, 3 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and juices are bubbling. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fruit has softened. Whisk together cornstarch in water, and add to saucepan. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, until mixture has thickened. Transfer to a bowl and chill until ready to use.
  3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place one disc of dough on a floured board, and dust dough with flour. Roll out until dough is about 1/8″ thick (If dough starts to stick, use a floured bench scraper to gently lift dough from the board). Cut out 4 1/2-inch squares of dough (re-roll scraps once). Place squares on baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Repeat with the second disc of dough, and preheat oven to 400°F.
  4. Working with 1 or 2 squares at a time, place two teaspoons of peach filling in the center of the square. Top with 1 or 2 peach slices and sprinkle with sugar. Brush edges of pastry lightly with water and fold over at a diagonal to form a triangle. Seal the edges of each turnover by crimping with a fork, and vent tops with a sharp knife. Chill assembled turnovers in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  5. Just before baking, brush turnovers with cream, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 26 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool turnovers on baking sheets for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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