Fresh Cherry Turnovers

Fresh cherries make all the difference in these fantastic pastries. The end result is well worth the time and effort that goes into pitting the fruit!

Serves: 12Hands-on: 40 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 12


  • 1 1⁄2 packages (17.3 oz.) vegan puff pastry, thawed
  • 3 lbs. fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 6 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. vegan margarine
  • 6 Tbsp. soy milk
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup turbinado raw sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. On a lightly floured board, gently roll 1 sheet of puff pastry into a 10-by-10-inch square. Cut in half and then in half again, to make 4 equal squares. Repeat with the other two pastry sheets. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
  • In a large saucepan, bring cherries, sugar, orange juice, and cornstarch to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Turn heat to low and continue to cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the margarine and remove from the heat. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Place about 2 tablespoons of filling into the center of each pastry square. Whisk soy milk and olive oil together until blended.
  • Brush the edges of each pastry with the soy milk mixture. Take one corner of each pastry and fold over to the opposite corner, forming a triangle. Crimp the edges together with the tines of a fork. Brush the top of each pastry with the soy milk mixture and sprinkle with 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw sugar on the top. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until puffy and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.