Buttery Chocolate Turnovers with one Sliced Open to Reveal a Melted Chocolately Center.

BUTTERY CHOCOLATE TURNOVERS

Simple and Sweet Delights

These buttery chocolate turnovers are a decadent treat that effortlessly blends the flakiness of pastry with a rich, melting heart of chocolate.

Perfect for an indulgent breakfast, an elegant dessert, or a comforting snack, these turnovers are a testament to the magic that happens when buttery pastry meets creamy nirvana. The key to achieving the perfect turnover lies in the quality of ingredients and the care taken in preparation.

Using real butter and quality chocolate with a high cocoa percentage can transform a run-of-the-mill pastry into an exquisite confectionery masterpiece.

Serving these fresh from the oven is an experience like no other. The outer layers of the pastry give a satisfying crunch, yielding to a soft, airy interior followed by the sumptuous flow of warm, molten chocolate.

Whether for a special occasion or a simple treat to elevate a normal day, these buttery chocolate turnovers are a delightful journey into the world of baking, offering a taste that lingers in the memory long after the last crumb has been savored.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE ENTICING AROMA OF CHOCOLATE

Have you ever walked into a bakery and suddenly felt enraptured by the unmistakable smell of freshly baked bread? Did it remind you of a person or place that made you feel warm and fuzzy? Comforting aromas like this go straight to our brain’s “smell center”, known as the olfactory bulb. 

This bulb is directly connected to the amygdala (the part of our brains associated with emotional processes) and the hippocampus (a major contributor to learning and memory).

This connection might explain why the aroma of freshly baked bread, or some other bakery treat, like chocolate turnovers, can often trigger a detailed memory or intense emotion.

VERSATILITY IN EVERY BITE

When it comes to making chocolate turnovers, the list of candy bars you can incorporate is virtually endless. As long the main ingredient is meltable chocolate, why not try it?

Each candy bar variety brings its own unique flavor and texture, transforming a simple pastry into a delightful treat.

Whether you’re a fan of simple, classic chocolate or looking for something a bit more adventurous, there’s a candy bar out there perfectly suited for your tastes.

One popular choice is the timeless Snickers bar. With its perfect balance of chocolate, nougat, caramel, and peanuts, it adds a satisfying crunch and a complex flavor profile to your turnovers.

When melted inside the pastry, Snickers creates a gooey, irresistible filling that’s hard to beat. Another excellent option is the Milky Way bar. Its smooth caramel and creamy nougat melt beautifully, enveloping your taste buds in a sweet and velvety embrace that complements the flaky pastry perfectly.

And let’s not forget about Reese’s for the peanut butter aficionados. Chopping them up and adding them to your turnover filling creates a delightful peanut butter and chocolate concoction that’s both comforting and delicious.

Whichever candy bar you choose, the key is to experiment and enjoy the process of crafting your very own chocolate turnover masterpiece.

A PLETHORA OF PASTRIES

For creating indulgent chocolate turnovers, you have a few pastry dough options, too. Each offering a unique texture and flavour profile to complement the richness of the chocolate filling.

Puff pastry is the most popular choice for turnovers, especially those filled with chocolate. Its layers of buttery, flaky dough puff up in the oven, creating a light and airy shell that contrasts beautifully with the creamy or gooey chocolate inside.

Another excellent choice is shortcrust pastry, known for its buttery, crumbly texture. This pastry provides a sturdier base for the turnovers, making it ideal if you’re planning to pack them with a generous amount of chocolate or a combination of fillings.

For those looking for a slightly different texture, phyllo dough is a lighter, crispier alternative. While it requires a bit more effort to handle due to its delicate layers, the end result is a flaky, crunchier shell that pairs wonderfully with a smooth chocolate filling.

Regardless of which pastry dough you choose, the key to perfect chocolate turnovers lies in balancing the textures and flavours.

Total Prep Time:
30 min

Servings in Recipe:
16

Serving Size:
1 turnover

Calories Per Serving:
454

Total Prep Time: 30 min


Servings in Recipe: 6


Serving Size: 1 turnover


Calories Per Serving: 454

Buttery Chocolate Turnovers with one Sliced Open to Reveal a Melted Chocolately Center.

BUTTERY CHOCOLATE TURNOVERS

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets of frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 1 fresh egg white
  • 2 tbsp chilled water
  • 4 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of crunchy, chopped walnuts
  • 32 squares of unsweetened baking chocolate
Buttery Chocolate Turnovers being Made on a Floured Cutting Board
Buttery Chocolate Turnovers being Made on a Floured Cutting Board

Directions

chocolate-walnut filling

  • Chop chocolate squares into small shards
  • Place a glass bowl over a slightly smaller metal pot of simmering water.
  • Place chopped chocolate pieces in the glass bowl.
  • Occasionally stir with a spatula, scraping down the sides as the chocolate melts.
  • Once fully melted, add your sugar.
  • Once the sugar crystals are completely melted, stir to combine.
  • Add your walnuts.
  • Leave your gooey, yummy chocolate/walnut mixture in the warm glass bowl over the pot, on low heat, while you prepare the puff pastry squares.

puff pastry

  • Ensure that your puff pastry is thawed to where you can easily roll it out. Otherwise, it will crack and break. A smooth, pliable sheet of pastry is needed for this.
  • Carefully roll out each sheet of pastry dough on a floured surface, until they are of even thickness throughout.
  • Cut each sheet into 8 equal-size squares.
  • Place a tbsp full of your chocolate/walnut filling in the center of each pastry piece. 

construction

  • Brush the edges of each pastry piece with a bit of ice water.
  • Fold each square diagonally, over the chocolate. (Don’t worry if the edges don’t perfectly match up. Your blissfully happy taste buds won’t care.)
  • Gently press the edges of each triangle to seal them.
  • Place turnovers on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Brush a bit of egg white on the top of each, for a bit of sheen and crispness. (Hint: If you don’t want them to be shiny, but still crisp, use egg yolk instead.)
  • Place each tray of your heavenly bundles in the freezer for 20 minutes, prior to baking, to get that much-desired light and flaky consistency. If this is not done, the pastry will not be flaky as the butter in the dough will have melted too much.
  • Preheat your oven to 400F.
  • Take baking sheets directly from the freezer and pop them in the oven for approx. 15 minutes or until deliciously golden brown and mouth-watering.
  • Inhale that warm, intoxicating chocolate perfume and serve fresh out of the oven. (If serving later, heat oven to 250F and bake for 10 minutes, just to re-melt the chocolate inside.

BUTTERY CHOCOLATE TURNOVERS FAQ

Can you use miniature candy bars in chocolate turnovers?

Any miniature candy bar made with meltable ingredients like chocolate and caramel will do nicely in this recipe. Or, you can simply buy your favourite nuts and baking chocolate (dark, milk chocolate or white) and create your own delicious combinations!

A Snickers bar, with its perfect balance of chocolate, nougat, caramel, and peanuts creates a symphony of flavours and textures in every bite.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups offer a simpler combination of flavour notes, while simple and traditional chocolate squares or kisses will send you to pastry heaven.

What kind of pastry dough can you use in chocolate turnovers?

Pre-made pastry dough is the easiest option. It’s usually the most economical and far less labour-intensive. But, if you enjoy making your own, puff pastry dough or yeasted laminated dough (used for croissants) will give you the light, buttery texture you’re going for.

Puff pastry is the most popular choice for turnovers, including those filled with chocolate. Its layers of buttery, flaky dough puff up in the oven, creating a light and airy shell that contrasts beautifully with the creamy or gooey chocolate inside.

For something a little different, phyllo dough turnovers can be brushed with melted butter or chocolate for extra richness before baking. But, thus delicate dough will require gentle handling.


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