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Lemon Turnovers in Sour Cream Pastry

Lemon Turnovers in Sour Cream Pastry. Tart homemade lemon curd in a light flakey, shortcut pastry recipe.

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Lemon Turnovers in Sour Cream Pastry

I’ve been making this particular pastry since I was 14 years old and there’s a good reason why. This is one of the most tender and flaky butter pastry recipes I have ever tried.

The secret is the sour cream that is used to bring the dough together and give the pastry an exceptionally rich taste. I use this pastry in savoury dishes as well and it is fantastic for making pastry wrapped salmon, chicken and seafood dishes.

Lemon turnovers just out of the oven

Lemon Turnovers in Sour Cream Pastry

In this recipe, I have used it along with some homemade lemon curd. Together they made these simple but amazing lemon turnovers which I again shared with the folks at my office.

Lemon cut in half on a wooden board

Freah organic lemons are best for this recipe.

I can’t count how many post-Christmas diets that I have shattered there in the last few weeks. Fortunately, they seem to be quite forgiving so far. 😉

Lemon Turnovers close up photo of one turnover

Lemon Turnovers in Sour Cream Pastry

For a more in depth look at this pastry and a VIDEO with full instructions of how to make it be sure to check out our post, 15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry.

15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry

15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry

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Originally published Feb 2012
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Yield: 12 turnovers

Lemon Turnovers in Sour Cream Pastry

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Lemon Turnovers in Sour Cream Pastry - tart homemade lemon curd in a light flakey, shortcut pastry recipe.


For the Lemon Curd

  • 6 lightly beaten egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of two lemons, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup butter cut into small pieces

For the Sour Cream Pastry

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups very cold butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream


To prepare the Lemon Curd

  1. In a mall saucepan combine the egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  2. Cook slowly over medium low heat for about 10 minutes stirring constantly until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the butter a few pieces at a time until completely smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and chill completely in the fridge.

To prepare the Sour Cream Pastry

  1. Cut butter into the flour and salt with a food processor or pastry blender until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Small pieces of butter should still be visible in the mix. Stir in the sour cream to form a dough. Form dough into two rectangles, wrap in plastic and rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 4 inch squares. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of lemon curd into the center of each pastry square and fold over. Press the edges down firmly with the tips of your fingers to seal. Place the turnovers on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and bake for 20-25 minutes until light golden brown. Cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 turnover

Amount Per Serving Calories 420Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 9gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 118mgSodium 166mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 1gSugar 30gProtein 4g

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Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Looks delicious Barry.

The yield is more than we can eat while fresh.

Does this pastry freeze well?


Barry C. Parsons

Friday 17th of February 2017

Yes, I often freeze half.


Sunday 20th of May 2012

Barry! Gorgeous and been on my bucket list for when I give up on my diet. 2 cups of butter or two sticks? I have made this mistake, so just checking...

Corby hotel

Wednesday 8th of February 2012

Sounds like a delicious recipe. I will definitely try it at home, the kids will love it. Thanks a lot!

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