Aren’t these so yummy looking?
I call these cream cheese and jelly turnovers for the lazy among us who are feeling wracked with guilt and trying to buy their children’s love via their stomachs. But that seems a little long for the name of the recipe so I will just call them cream cheese and jelly turnovers for short.
This is actually the first time that I am away from my kids for something that is solely work related, with no fun factor built in. No catching up with friends. No drunk karaoke. No sightseeing. No subtext of I deserve a break from my children.
I was also just away last week and when I returned home Sunday evening my daughter gave me a drawing she made. It was of her crying because I was away. It would have been less painful had she reached into my chest and torn my heart out.
So when my kids requested this yesterday morning as I was
tossing random crap into my suitcase packing, I couldn’t refuse.
This recipe is fun for kids to do themselves. It uses premade pie crust (I know. But let’s just all get over it.) You certainly can make your own pie crust if you are so inclined, but then it becomes a much more involved recipe that might not be accessible to the 6, 7, 8 year old set. It also would take much longer. The entire recipe from taking the ingredients out of the refrigerator to putting it on a plate to eat is under 30 minutes.
It is a nice addition to brunch or even just as an afternoon snack.
2 refrigerated premade pie crusts
1/2 block cream cheese, softened
1 egg, separated
2T sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
1/8 tsp salt
8T jam, I used strawberry
Open and unroll your pie crust.
Cut it into quarters.
Fold each quarter in half length-wise so that you will be able to find the midline.
Cute four horizontal slits on one side of the fold, make sure you leave 1/4 inch all around the slits. You don’t want your turnover fillings spilling out everywhere.
Separate the egg.
Put the yolk into a bowl.
Add the cream cheese.
Add the sugar and salt.
Mix it all up together until it is smooth. My 12 yr old said it looked like scrambled eggs. My 3 yr old said it looked like squished up Sponge Bob Square Pants. I tell you that just for your own reference.
Take one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture and place it on the uncut side of the dough triangle. Spread it around, leaving the 1/2 inch edge.
Next, spread a tablespoon of jam on top of the cream cheese.
Using your pastry brush, or finger, paint the edges of the turnover.
Fold the cut side over the filled side and crimp the edge with a fork.
Brush egg white over the entire surface of the turnover. This helps it turn a nice golden color and also becomes an adhesive for the sugar to stick.
Sprinkle sugar evenly on top.
Bake in the oven set to 450 for 12-14 minutes, or until the filling begins to bubble and the turnover is a golden brown.
Filling will be hot, so serve to children carefully.
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