This is my first full week back in North Carolina after spending the entire summer in Maine. It’s entirely disorienting to enter my house and have an empty refrigerator and freezer. Me, with an empty refrigerator? Something needed to be done.
But so many other things crowded for my attention. My two young children started preschool, so there are forms to fill out, new schedules, teary drop-offs. My son started climbing out of his crib during naptime, which means we’re re-reading parenting books that I mistakenly hoped and believed were no longer needed. All the while, I must carve out time for the writing and editing work that pays the bills. And somewhere in there I try to find time each day to go to the gym or take a long run. Flaky apple turnovers didn’t have a chance.
Or so it seemed. But that empty refrigerator nagged at me. First, I broke down and made my favorite recipe for whoopie pies (a final farewell to Maine). The whoopie pies looked lonely, so I decided the apple turnovers would keep them in good company. I pulled together the dough and let it sit overnight. The next day, once the turnovers were in the oven, I started a biga for Peter Reinhart’s pugliese bread. Then, I made pita bread. And then Dorie’s chocolate chunkers. (These were just the side projects, in addition to the usual routine of getting dinner on the table every night.) It was a classic case of baking therapy. I didn’t have time to make these things, but I needed the house to feel like it was mine again. It worked.
These apple turnovers are sort of a blur, squeezed in amidst all the other baking adventures of this week. The highlight was filling each turnover alongside my 4-year-old daughter, Sofia. We tried all kinds of fillings: cinnamon apple, raspberry jam, lingonberry jam (impulse buy from IKEA), rum raisin, and nutella. Sofia chose her own filling — marshmallows and milk chocolate. Weird, but perfect for a little baker-in-training. For my money, the cinnamon apple and rum raisin were clear winners.
Thanks to Julie of Someone’s in the Kitchen for choosing apple turnovers. My freezer looks acceptably bountiful again. You can find the recipe on her blog or pp. 316-317 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.