Simple Sundays | Pumpkin Turnovers

Have you carved all your pumpkins yet? What’s your pumpkin carving style, I wonder? Triangles for eyes and a goofy smile? Or are you the type to sit and carve for hours?

I’ll never forget the first Halloween I spent with my husband, back when we were newly dating. We carved pumpkins. Mine was pseudo fancy, but definitely not my best work. With a ton of papers and the grad school noose weighing around my neck, I didn’t have time to give my jack o’lantern the TLC it deserved. But as I studied and wrote that autumn afternoon, my hubby carved and carved for hours, creating quite a mummy masterpiece.

Nowadays, we include the kids in the carving, and they’re finally at an age where they have fun with fancy stencils and funky designs. We will probably spend a good afternoon carving away this weekend.

If, in your pumpkin escapades, you find yourself with a little extra pumpkin puree, whether it is homemade or store bought, turn that precious orange goodness into a filling for these buttery turnovers. I always find myself with a little extra pumpkin from other recipes, don’t you? Well, don’t let it go to waste – these puffy pockets are just the thing.

Enjoy your Halloween weekend, everyone! I’d love to know how you’re spending the holiday. Carving pumpkins? Dressing up? Trick or Treating? Pumpkin Turnovers?

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Pumpkin Turnovers

Yield: Makes 8 turnovers.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 oz of pumpkin puree
  • 1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar (to taste, depending on your pumpkin)
  • 1 oz light cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • puff pastry, cut into 4-inch squares
  • 1 egg
  • turbinado sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Allow frozen puff pastry to thaw on the counter while you make the filling, about 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cream cheese, and spices until smooth and well incorporated. Place in the freezer to chill while you prepare the puff pastry.

Cut your puff pastry into 8 4-inch squares. Place each square on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Whisk the egg and lightly brush each square with egg wash. Take the chilled filling and place a heaping tablespoon in the center of the pastry. Fold pastry over diagonally, and seal the edges with your fingers. Fill each pastry. Lightly brush egg wash over the tops of each turnover and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. If preparing ahead of time, you can freeze the prepared turnovers until ready to bake.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the pastry has puffed and is a golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes prior to serving.

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by Liren Baker on October 30, 2011

22 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Pumpkin Turnovers”

  1. Nelly Rodriguez — October 30, 2011 @ 6:06 am (#
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    Very snackable and the filling sounds delicious!

  2. Belinda @zomppa — October 30, 2011 @ 7:10 am (#
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    These are not your everyday pumpkin treats – brilliant idea!

  3. Potatoface — October 30, 2011 @ 8:50 am (#
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    Love it, love it love it!

  4. Emily @ Life on Food — October 30, 2011 @ 10:48 am (#
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    Oh man I have never seen a pumpkin turnover but the idea sounds so good. Fabulous pictures!

  5. Monet — October 30, 2011 @ 2:05 pm (#
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    What a great way to use up that extra pumpkin. Thank you for sharing another delightful treat with me. It warms my heart to visit…and it makes my stomach growl! I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday full of laughter and good food. I’m eating a bowl of soup and I’m thankful for these cooler days!

  6. Roxana GreenGirl — October 30, 2011 @ 6:40 pm (#
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    i love cooking with pumpkin. in fact I still have 3 pie pumpkins waiting to become something delicious. your turnover look amazing! great idea to use some leftover pumpkin puree.

  7. kankana — October 30, 2011 @ 10:04 pm (#
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    yeah we couple did some simple carving :) This turnover sounds so yummy crispy. My husband doesn’t like pumpkins .. can you believe it!

  8. angela@spinachtiger — October 31, 2011 @ 5:19 am (#
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    A lovely idea and a truly beautiful photo. There is always a little pumpkin left over somewhere. I have so many pumpkins to carve today and I don’t know how I’ll find the time, but it’s so much fun, a tradition we didn’t do growing up.

  9. SimplyTastyBits — October 31, 2011 @ 7:26 am (#
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    Love these! What a great use for pumpkin puree. I’d love to see what your kids came up with carving pumpkins this year too!

  10. Curt — October 31, 2011 @ 9:19 am (#
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    Great idea for the leftovers. Which there always is. Those look awesome. I’ll bet even better warmed up with ice cream on it!

    • Liren replied: — October 31st, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

      Yes! My husband and son both suggested the same thing – with the tub of amazing pumpkin ice cream in the freezer :)

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  12. Elyse @The Cultural Dish — October 31, 2011 @ 11:10 am (#
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    Omg I could sink my teeth into one of those! They look so tasty and the dough looks perfect!

  13. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen — October 31, 2011 @ 12:11 pm (#
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    These look absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing, Liren! Enjoy Halloween!

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  15. foodwanderings — October 31, 2011 @ 12:53 pm (#
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    Love these turnovers Liren. Photos are absolutely stunning!!

  16. skip to malou — October 31, 2011 @ 8:10 pm (#
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    you know now that you asked, to be honest, i never carved any pumpkin yet… i always wanted but i don’t know why i haven’t yet thinking back i should have…
    but one thing sure, i could bake these pumpkin turnovers and make my kids forget that we never had any carving pumpkin memories haha.
    happy halloween!
    malou

  17. Kaitlin — November 1, 2011 @ 6:42 am (#
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    I just can’t get enough pumpkin. I absolutely love this recipe!! I can’t wait to make it myself!

  18. kita — November 1, 2011 @ 8:01 pm (#
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    What beautiful pumpkin turnovers. Handsome and my first date was technically on Halloween, though it took another year before we carved our own pumpkins. We weren’t able to fit it in this year with school and work and I am a little sad for it. Who knows, maybe we can still do it and the neighbors won’t look at us too funny for putting them out late. ;)

  19. Lacy — November 2, 2011 @ 1:12 pm (#
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    Your turnovers look gorgeous and I’m sure they are nothing short of amazing! I wish my boyfriend would carve pumpkins with me! I’ve asked every Halloween for the past 5 yrs!

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