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Saint Isidore’s Peasant Apple Turnover

Saint Isidore’s Peasant Apple TurnoverServes: 6
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 20–25 minutes
Preheat oven: 375º F

2 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1⁄2 cup ice-cold water

In a large bowl blend dry ingredients. Cut in vegetable shortening with a pastry cutter or, alternatively, use two knives and cut criss-cross into the flour shortening mixture until a coarse, pea-sized meal is formed. Use a fork to mix in the water. Form into 6 balls. Place the dough in the refrigerator. When ready to insert filling, roll into 1⁄2-inch thick circles on a floured surface so the crusts will not stick. You may need to sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough as well so it does not stick to the rolling pin.

1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
1 large Golden Delicious apple, peeled and chopped into pea-sized pieces
(The combined cut apples should total about three cups.)
1⁄4 cup brown sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon flour

In a large bowl combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour until all of the apples are fully coated. Place about 1⁄2 cup of the apple mixture on the lower half of a dough circle. Gently fold over the other half to enclose it.

Pinch the sides together and then press the edges together with the tines of a fork. Place the turnovers on a large ungreased baking sheet so that they are not touching each other. Poke the turnovers with a fork a couple of times to let steam leave the filling. Bake 20–25 minutes until the turnovers are a golden brown. Place the turnovers on a cookie rack to cool off.

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup powdered sugar
In a medium bowl mix butter, vanilla, milk and powdered sugar. Stir with the back of a spoon, pressing the icing against the sides of the bowl to press out all of the lumps. Drizzle the glaze over the turnover and then spread it to lightly cover the entire tart. Repeat until all of the turnovers are glazed.

Dinner Conversation

Copy the following questions on pieces of paper and put them in a bowl and place on the table. While people are eating, pass the bowl around and have each person pull out a question. Everyone can take a turn answering the questions.

+ Can you think of times in your life when God has taken a back seat?
+ Can you think of times during your day when you could pray with God?
+ Have you had any experiences in your life that you could describe as a miracle?
+ What are some ways that you can work on your relationship with God?
+ How do you keep God first in your life?

Saints at the Dinner Table