Apple Date Turnovers

For a special dessert these beautiful turnovers benefit from the real thing butter

Authored by: Polly Pitchford, Full Spectrum Health

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  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes one hour
  • Serves: 10
  • Suitable Diets: Vegetarian, Sugar Free


  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 6 cups peeled, diced apples
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced lemon peel
  • honey and milk


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.For Crust Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl or food processor. Cut in the butter until you get a coarse meal texture if using a processor, pulse blend until texture is reached. Work in cheese with fingers, kneading gently to form a ball. In processor, pulse blend until a ball is formed. If too dry, add another tablespoon of ricotta. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes before rolling.Lightly flour working surface and roll out half of the dough into a thin 1/8 rectangle. Store remaining half of dough in fridge for use within 1 week, or shape and freeze for up to 3 months.Filling While dough is chilling, simmer all of filling ingredients together in a saucepan until apples are tender but not mushy, about 810 minutes. Let cool.Place 1 tablespoon of appledate filling in center of each square. Fold one corner to the opposite corner, forming a triangle. Seal edges by pressing with the back of a fork.