Active Time
40 MIN
Total Time
2 HR
Yield
Serves : Makes 15 turnovers

How to Make It

Step 1    Make the Coffee Cream

In a small bowl, cover the coffee beans with the heavy cream. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Step 2    Make the Rye Pastry

In a food processor, combine the all-purpose and rye flours with the sugar and salt. Add the butter and vegetable shortening and pulse until pea-size crumbs form. Add the ice water and pulse just until the dough comes together. Transfer the dough to a work surface and press into a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Step 3    Make the Filling

Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pistachios in a pie plate and bake for about 8 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let the nuts cool completely. Leave the oven on.

Step 4    Make the Filling

In a food processor, process the pistachios just until very finely ground. Add the almond flour, ¾ cup of sugar, the diced butter, eggs and salt and process until the mixture is smooth.

Step 5    Make the Filling

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 9-by-15-inch rectangle. Trim the edges so they are straight and even. Cut the rectangle into fifteen 3-inch squares. Place 1 tablespoon of the pistachio filling in the center of each square and top with 2 pieces of date. Brush the edge of each square with water and fold the dough diagonally over the filling to make triangles; press the edges to seal. Arrange the turnovers 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Freeze the pastries for about 10 minutes or until chilled

Step 6    Make the Filling

Brush the turnovers with the 2 tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake for 18 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is heated through when a knife is inserted in the center. Transfer to a rack and let cool for 10 minutes.

Step 7    Make the Filling

Strain the coffee cream into a bowl and beat to stiff peaks. Serve the turnovers warm or at room temperature with the whipped coffee cream and pear wedges.

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