I love the holidays. Almost every year growing up I would end up with a case of strep throat, but that never put a damper on my holiday spirit. My Grandmother and Great Aunt would always visit from New Jersey and stay with us for a week or two. Our house was full of love, festive merriment and of course tons of baking in the kitchen. One of my favorite things to bake during the holiday was those premade turnovers found in the freezer section of the grocery store. This week the Sunday Supper team and Gallo Family Vineyards are sharing their favorite holiday traditions to celebrate the release of two delicious holiday blend wines. I resurrected my favorite tradition of making turnovers for the family, but decided to try my hand at a homemade filling. Armed with Gallo’s Holiday White Blend these amazing Caramel Apple Turnovers were the final result.
Gallo Family Vineyard’s limited edition wines have been a part of their family for years, but of course they couldn’t resist releasing them in time for the holidays. I’m a big fan of Gallo’s Moscato, so the Holiday White Blend was perfect for adding to my turnover filling. With hints of crisp green apple and sweet caramel it was just the extra boost of flavor for my simmering apples.
After the caramel apple filling cooled, I added little dollops to the center of cut puff pastry squares and sealed them with a fork.
After sealing the turnovers I lightly spooned some egg wash over them. Note to self. Send my sister a pastry brush (or two).
Once the turnovers were fully baked and cooled, I drizzled with extra caramel sauce and a little powdered sugar. I loved how something so simple turned into a gorgeous and special dessert blending past holiday memories with the present.
- 3 large Granny Smith apples diced (1/4 inch cubes)
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- ¾ Cup light brown sugar
- ½ Cup Gallo Family Vineyards Apple & Caramel holiday white blend
- 1½ teaspoons of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ Tablespoon corn starch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 unwrapped caramels diced into small squares
- 1 box puff pastry
- 1 egg beaten
- Caramel sauce for drizzling
- In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.
- Add brown sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon and cook while stirring until sugar is melted.
- Add apples and Gallo wine to brown sugar mixture and cook until apples are tender and sauce is reduced (10-15 minutes).
- Add caramel bits and stir until completely melted and combined with the apple mixture.
- In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water to form a slurry.
- Pour cornstarch slurry into apples, stir to combine thoroughly, and cook for another minute or two until sauce thickens. Remove from heat to cool.
- When apple mixture is completely cooled, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Unfold puff pastry sheets on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and cut each sheet into 9 squares. You will have 18 squares. Use two baking sheets if necessary.
- Spoon about 1 Tablespoon of the apples mixture onto the center of each square.
- Fold pastry dough over from corner to corner into a triangle shape and press edges together with a fork to seal.
- Brush turnovers lightly and evenly with beaten egg.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven, until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned. Cool turnovers, drizzle with additional caramel sauce or powdered sugar and serve.
If you’re a fan of Merlot instead of Moscato, then check out Gallo’s Holiday Red Blend with hints of juicy mixed berries and chocolate. Both wine bottles feature a decorative label and gift tag that allows you to personalize the bottles for gifting to family members, friends, or colleagues. You can even snag a $1 off Gallo Family Vineyards digital coupon for your next purchase. Now head on over and check out the other recipes being shared this week from the fabulous Sunday Supper crew. I am sure you will find something to make or pair with Gallo’s holiday blends for your own family to celebrate the season.
- Holiday Crab & Shrimp Scramble by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts by Ruffles & Truffles
- Spiced Apple Monkey Bread with White Wine Caramel by Curious Cuisiniere
- Strawberry Goat Cheese Pastry by Family Foodie
Memorable Main Dishes:
- Baked Swiss Cheese Fondue by Shockingly Delicious
- Curried Turkey Salad by Magnolia Days
- Glazed Ham with Red-eye Gravy by Nik Snacks
- Holiday Braised Short Ribs by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Delightful Desserts and Sweets:
- Berry Chocolate Mocha Mousse Dessert by Flavor Mosaic
- Caramel Apple Turnovers by In The Kitchen With KP
- Chocolate Mousse Cups by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Fudgy Chocolate Berry Bundt Cake by Desserts Required
- Italian Wine Doughnut Cookies by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Lemon Pound Cake by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Red Wine Chocolate Cookie Cups by Alida’s Kitchen
- Red Wine Chocolate Truffles by Life Tastes Good
- Vanilla Cupcakes with White Wine Caramel Apple Compote by Feed Me, Seymour
- White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Snowballs by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
What tradition does your family share each year to make the holidays memorable?
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