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Blueberry Turnovers in sweet butter pastry.

Blueberry Turnovers. A pre-cooked blueberry pie filling and a forgiving sweet butter pastry recipe make these turnovers practically foolproof.

Blueberry Turnovers on a blue plate with milk in the background

Blueberry Turnovers

Blueberry turnovers can be a real pain to make using fresh berries. Generally, the berries will release all of their juice and soak the pastry before the filling can bubble and thicken.

Then there’s the issue of the baking time, which when using fresh berries in there natural state, can be too long for the pastry, which then gets too dark.

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Using frozen blueberries means you can make them year round.

My solution to these problem is to  pre-cook a blueberry pie filling and use that instead. The pastry here is a more forgiving type which is sweetened with a little sugar and contains egg yolks to keep it tender.

Blueberry Turnovers close up photo of filling

Blueberry Turnovers

This dough is a bit more forgiving than a standard pie crust, and is a bit more friendly to having the scrap ends re-rolled to make additional turnovers. It’s the same dough that I often blind bake for tarts like my Classic Lemon Tart recipe.

Blueberries Picked on Signal Hill

Blueberries Picked on Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

These are fantastic to make in late summer when wild blueberries are readily available here in Newfoundland but since the filling is pre-cooked, they can very easily be made with frozen berries at any time of year.

Blueberry Turnovers uncut on a blue serving plate

Blueberry Turnovers

They are especially good when served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert.

If you liked this recipe you may also want to make them using this Shortcut Puff Pastry.

15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry

15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry

For a quick and easy larger strudel version, use the same filling as this recipe to replace the apples in this Shortcut Apple Strudel.

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Blueberry Turnovers on a blue plate with milk in the background
Yield: 12 turnovers

Blueberry Turnovers in sweet butter pastry.

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Blueberry Turnovers. A pre-cooked blueberry pie filling and a forgiving sweet butter pastry recipe make these turnovers practically foolproof.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water, approximately
  • 2 tablespoons rounded corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • pinch salt
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut in small cubes
  • 2 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Instructions

To prepare the Blueberry Filling

  1. Bring the berries and sugar to a gentle boil for about 15 minutes. You want some of the juice to steam off and concentrate the blueberry flavour.
  2. Mix the corn starch with the water and add slowly to the boiling berry mixture stirring constantly.
  3. Boil gently for 1 additional minutes stirring constantly. Allow to cool completely to room temperature, stirring occasionally before chilling completely in the fridge.

To prepare the Sweet Butter Pastry

  1. Mix together the flour, salt and sugar. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal and small pea sized pieces of butter still remain in the mixture. You can also use a food processor to pulse the butter into the flour mixture if you prefer.
  2. Whisk together the water, vanilla and egg yolks. Pour over the dry ingredients and toss together gently with a wooden spoon only until a soft dough forms. Form the dough into 2 rounds, wrap in plastic wrap and let the dough rest in the fridge for at least 20 minutes. Roll it out to about a 10x15 inch rectangular shape or to about a thickness a little greater than 1/8 of an inch (about 4 mm).
  3. Use a 5 inch round cutter to cut the pastry into circles. Alternatively you can cut the pastry into squares and make rectangular or triangular turnovers.
  4. Lay the pastry circles onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Brush the edges of the tops of the pastry with an egg wash made from whisking together 1 egg with 1 tbsp cold water.
  5. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the blueberry compote in the centre and fold the pastry over the top.
  6. Press down with your fingertips at the edges of the dough to seal in the filling.
  7. When all of the turnovers are completed, egg wash the tops and put three small slits in the top of each one with the tip of a sharp knife.
  8. Chill the turnovers for 20 minutes in the fridge before hoping them into a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 and bake for about another 15 minutes or until the tops are evenly golden brown.
  9. Cool on a wire rack and serve.

Notes

I sometimes make the blueberry filling the night before if I'm making them the next day, as I also sometimes do with the pastry, so that you only have to put the turnovers together on the day you want to serve them.

Improvise to cut the circles of dough out if you don't have a large circular cutter. Just find an empty can or plastic container about 5-6 inches across and use that. I actually used an empty sour cream container to cut out the pastry for the turnovers in the photos.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

12 turnovers

Amount Per Serving Calories 316Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 87mgSodium 147mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 2gSugar 26gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Rosena

Sunday 10th of January 2021

I made the pastry according to your recipe but it was so sticky that it was impossible to use ... I checked another recipe that you have on your blog ie: Classic Lemon Tart and you had twice the amount of flour in that recipe .

Michele Holmboe

Thursday 27th of August 2020

Very runny and not very pretty. I be even added extra corn starch because I feared this.

Lisa

Monday 16th of September 2019

Barry, Do you ever freeze these and then cook? If so, do you thaw before cooking?

Barry C. Parsons

Saturday 5th of October 2019

Never tried that but would be interested in your results.

onna

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Could this pastry be used for a savory filling

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 11th of April 2018

I guess so, depending on the application.

M Dorene White

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

I always thicken my berries with miniute tapioca.Have you ever tried this Barry??Love your recipes and use hem all the time.My daughter just made those your recipes are all that she uses and never a failure yet.ha

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 19th of September 2016

I have not used tapioca powder but I may try that next time.

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