As much as I would love to serve a beautiful birthday cake at the snow picnic, it's just not practical. Instead, I'll offer guests an individual treat that is comforting and delicious. Apple turnovers are festive, fruity, and easy to pack. They don't require extra plates or silverware, making them the ideal picnic dessert. Bake just before leaving the house, and store in a heat-insulated container. Leave the turnovers in the car until ready to eat, to ensure they stay warm the longest. If desired, pass around fresh whipped cream for dolloping! For the recipe,


Apple Turnovers
From Ina Garten

1 teaspoon grated orange zest
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/4 pounds tart apples, such as Empire or Granny Smith (3 apples)
3 tablespoons dried cherries
3 tablespoons sugar, plus extra to sprinkle on top
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch kosher salt
1 package (17.3 ounces, 2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine the orange zest and orange juice in a bowl.
  3. Peel, quarter, and core the apples and then cut them in 3/4-inch dice. Immediately toss the apples with the zest and juice to prevent them from turning brown.
  4. Add the cherries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  5. Flour a board and lightly roll each sheet of puff pastry to a 12 by 12-inch square. Cut each sheet into 4 smaller squares and keep chilled until ready to use.
  6. Brush the edges of each square with the egg wash and neatly place about 1/3 cup of the apple mixture on half of the square.
  7. Fold the pastry diagonally over the apple mixture and seal by pressing the edges with a fork.
  8. Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  9. Brush the top with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, make 2 small slits, and bake for 20 minutes, until browned and puffed. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 8.