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These not-too-sweet turnovers feature exceptionally flaky rye-flour pastry and a date-spiked pistachio filling. Slideshow:  Breakfast Pastries 

Chef Nicole Krasinski
Nicole Krasinski
December 2014

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Recipe Summary

active:
40 mins
total:
2 hrs
Yield:
Makes 15 turnovers
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Ingredients

COFFEE CREAM
COFFEE CREAM
RYE PASTRY
FILLING

Directions

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

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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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Make Ahead

The unbaked pistachio-date turnovers can be frozen for up to 1 week.

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