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Rose’s Apple Turnover Coffee Cake

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.


2 coffee cakes (16-20 servings)

Every Saturday our family would go to Grandma Rose's house for a great home-cooked meal. Best of all, though, were the treats she'd send over midweek—especially her homemade turnovers. She never followed a recipe, but this dessert comes very close.
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  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 medium tart apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • DOUGH:
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add apples; cook and stir until apples are just tender. Stir in the remaining filling ingredients. Cook 10-15 minutes, stirring until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool.
  2. For dough, in a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast. In a small saucepan, combine water and butter; heat to 120°. Gradually add to dry ingredients; beat for 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, zest and 3/4 cup flour. With mixer at high speed, beat 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour. Cover; let stand 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients; set aside. Divide dough in half. On a well-floured surface and using a floured rolling pin, roll each half to a 14x12-in. rectangle. Place on greased baking sheets. Spread filling down center of dough to within 1 in. of ends. Starting about 3/4 in. from filling, cut 1-in.-wide strips diagonally from filling to edges of dough. Alternately fold opposite strips of dough at angles across filling. Fold ends over filling. Loosely cover dough with greased waxed paper; cover paper with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to bake, uncover and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Sprinkle topping over coffee cakes.
  4. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 226 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 142mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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