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Indulge in the Alluring Aroma and Taste of Bavarian Apple Turnovers

As the golden leaves fall and the crisp autumn air surrounds us, there’s a delightful charm in rekindling the warmth from within. And what better way to achieve this than indulging in the cozy embrace of scrumptious Bavarian Apple Turnovers? At Pretzel and Me, we’re excited to take you on a journey through the enchanting flavors and aromas of these iconic German apple pastries.

A Sojourn to Bavaria with Every Bite

Each Bavarian Apple Turnover is a tender testament to the rich culinary tradition of Germany. The golden, flaky pastry echoes the hues of autumn, while the spiced apple filling is reminiscent of the hearty warmth that defines Bavarian hospitality. At Pretzel and Me, we unveil the secrets to capturing this iconic taste, offering a soul-stirring encounter with the rich history and tradition baked into every bite.

A Melody of Flavors

What makes our German apple turnovers a harmonious melody of flavors, you ask? It’s the seamless blend of tart, succulent apples, the allure of cinnamon, and the sweet embrace of sugar, all ensconced in a delicate, crispy pastry. Each bite is a passage through time, an intimate encounter with the age-old tradition of Bavarian bakers who’ve long mastered the art of balancing flavor, texture, and aroma.

Crafted with Passion, Served with Love

The journey from the bustling, aromatic kitchens of Bavarian homes to your plate is one we undertake with dedication and joy. Through the tender love and care encapsulated in our Bavarian Apple Turnovers, we’re not just serving a dessert – it’s an experience, a moment of connection to a rich cultural tapestry.

Endless Possibilities

Bavarian apple pastries are not just a delight to the senses, but they also offer endless possibilities for enjoyment. Whether paired with a steaming cup of coffee during a serene afternoon or presented as the crowning jewel of your dessert spread at gatherings, they are bound to steal the spotlight.

Flavor Variations:

  • Spiced Apple Turnovers: Add an extra kick of flavor by incorporating more spices like cardamom, allspice, or star anise to the apple filling.
  • Caramel Apple Turnovers: Drizzle caramel sauce over the turnovers or mix it into the apple filling for a sweet and sticky twist.

Filling Variations:

  • Nutty Apple Turnovers: Incorporate chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds to the apple filling for added texture and flavor.
  • Raisin Apple Turnovers: Add raisins or sultanas to introduce a chewy texture and natural sweetness.

Topping Variations:

  • Icing Glaze Turnovers: Drizzle icing glaze made from powdered sugar and a bit of milk or lemon juice on top for added sweetness.
  • Crumb Topping Turnovers: Add a streusel crumb topping before baking for an extra crunch.

Serving Variations:

  • A la Mode: Serve the turnovers with a scoop of ice cream (vanilla, cinnamon, or caramel would be fantastic choices).
  • With Whipped Cream: A dollop of homemade whipped cream on the side or on top can elevate the dessert’s richness.

Tips & Tricks to Make the Perfect Apple Turnover

  • Trick 1: Choose Your Apples Wisely
    Believe it or not, the type of apple you choose can make or break your turnovers. For that classic Bavarian touch, opt for tart and crisp apples. Granny Smiths are my go-to. They hold their shape beautifully and offer that delectable balance of sweetness and tartness.
  • Trick 2: The Perfect Pastry
    Cold butter, my friends – it’s the unsung hero of that irresistible flaky pastry. And remember, patience is your ally. Treat the dough with tender love and care; avoid over-mixing to ensure every bite melts in the mouth.
  • Trick 3: Seasonal Spices
    Cinnamon is a classic, but don’t be afraid to experiment with nutmeg, allspice, or cardamom. The spices should weave seamlessly with the sweet-tartness of the apples, creating a symphony of flavors that dance gracefully with every bite.
  • Trick 4: Master the Roll
    Rolling out your pastry to that perfect thickness ensures the golden hue and delicate crunch. Aim for about 1/8-inch thickness, a canvas ready to cradle the lush apple filling gracefully.
  • Trick 5: The Golden Touch An egg wash is your passport to that golden-brown perfection. For a vegan alternative, a gentle brush of almond milk mixed with maple syrup works wonders. It’s all about achieving that inviting, golden glow that screams – bite into me!

What did you think of our deep dive into Bavarian Apple Turnovers? Have you tried them before, or are you thinking of adding this gem to your baking repertoire? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below, and let’s keep the conversation, and the flavors flowing!

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Bavarian Apple Turnover

Indulge in the aromatic, sweet, and tangy symphony of flavors encased in a buttery, flaky pastry with our traditional Bavarian Apple Turnovers, also known as Apfeltaschen. Each hand pie is a delicious parcel of tender apples infused with cinnamon and nutmeg, making them a perfect treat to accompany your coffee or tea.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: Austrian, Bavarian, German
Keyword: Apple Turnovers, Apples
Servings: 8 Turnovers
Calories: 392kcal


For the Filling:

  • 4 medium tart Apples peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour

For the Pastry:

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter cold, cut into small cubes (= 2 sticks)
  • 1 large Egg beaten, for egg wash
  • 4-6 tbsp. Ice Water


Prepare the Filling:

  • In a mixing bowl, toss the diced apples with lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour until evenly coated. Set aside.
    4 medium tart Apples, 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice, ¼ Granulated Sugar, 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon, ¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg, 1 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour

Make the Pastry:

  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
    2 cups All-Purpose Flour, 1 tbsp. Granulated Sugar, ½ tsp. Salt
  • Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    1 cup Unsalted Butter
  • Gradually add ice water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing until the dough begins to come together.
    4-6 tbsp. Ice Water
  • Form the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Assemble the Turnovers:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8-inch thickness.
  • Cut out 8 circles, each about 6 inches in diameter.
  • Spoon a portion of the apple filling onto one half of each circle, leaving a small border around the edge.
  • Fold the dough over the filling to form a half-moon shape and crimp the edges to seal.


  • Brush the turnovers with the beaten egg for a golden finish.
    1 large Egg
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.


Expert Tips:
  • Choose tart apples like Granny Smith for a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.
  • Allow the turnovers to cool slightly before serving to let the filling set.
  • These turnovers are perfect for freezing – just wrap them individually and reheat in the oven when ready to serve.
Embark on a culinary journey to Bavaria with every bite of these aromatic and flaky apple turnovers, filled with the warm, comforting flavors of cinnamon-spiced apples. Enjoy them with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra touch of indulgence. Guten Appetit!


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 797IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg

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