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Chaussons aux Pêches or Peach Turnovers

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Chaussons aux Pêches or Peach Turnovers are French hand pies made easily with puff pastry and a simple homemade peach filling.

Peach Hand Pies are perfect for picnics and casual gatherings since you can eat them without a fork. Using an all-butter laminated dough makes these super flaky, like a croissant!

Overhead view of 3 peach turnovers on a white plate

Chaussons aux Pêches or Peach Turnovers

Georgia peaches have finally made their way up north!  Elated after spying a sign at my local produce stand, I bought a few pounds of my favorite summer fruit and dashed home to pull the puff pastry out of the freezer. With Bastille Day approaching, I had planned to make the chaussons aux pommes that I scoured each Parisian bakery for when we visited France a couple of summers ago. Healthy lifestyle be damned; I craved those apple chunks baked inside buttery pastry rounds. But once I got those fragrant peaches into my kitchen, I knew I’d be transforming the perfectly ripe beauties into Peach Turnovers AKA Chaussons aux Pêches.

What are Turnovers?

According to my food bible, The Food Lover’s Companion (affiliate link), turnovers are pastry dough circles or squares that are covered with a sweet or savory filling, then folded in half in the shape of a triangle or semicircle. They are pinched or crimped to seal, then baked or fried. Sizes vary as does the way they’re served. I love these hand pies for breakfast, but they can also be for dessert or snacks. Savory versions make excellent appetizers or entrees.

Chaussons aux Pêches with one broken in half showing the peach filling on a white ceramic plate

How to Make Easy Peach Turnovers

  • These are the simplest turnovers you can imagine. Defrosting puff pastry. Check. Chopping and simmering peach chunks. Check.   Cut the pastry, fill and fold, egg wash, bake, eat. Check, check, and more checks.
  • PRO-Tip: If you hunt down a frozen all-butter puff pastry, it will puff up much better than the typical store-bought brand. But you’ll pay a premium price. I’ve made these with both the all-butter Dufour puff pastry and Pepperidge Farm. Both will work well. These were made with Dufour.
  • The only tough part was my tendency to overstuff these as anything over about a tablespoon of filling will prevent you from sealing the edges. PRO-Tip: After a few batches, I realized besides sealing the edges with a fork, applying some egg wash before crimping helped keep these peach hand pies from breaking open.
  • To get the most out of your puff pastry, cut it into squares instead of using a cutter to make rounds. If you scroll down to the photo collage, it shows the triangle turnovers I made years ago.
  • A sprinkling of coarse sugar after applying the egg wash is optional but gives a nice finishing touch.
  • PRO-Tip: Chilling these peach turnovers before baking will help the puff pastry to puff to expand to the fullest extent. The rules for baking with puff pastry are to bake cold pastry in a hot oven for the best results.
  • They’re still delectable even if the seams burst, but a bit more rustic looking. I baked these Chaussons aux Pêches up for dessert, but the hubby took one look and declared them breakfast food. Darned tasty breakfast food he declared. You’ll love these no matter when you eat them.
Peach Hand pies on a round white plate with a red handled fork

Bastille Day Celebration

Did you know Bastille Day is almost here?  Well, my food blogger friends did, so we whipped up a few of our favorite French recipes to honor this French National Day. If you’re inclined to celebrate, here are some terrific recipes for you to try for the July 14th holiday:Bastille Day

  1. Apple Tarte Tatin from Hungry Couple
  2. Chaussons aux Pêches from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
  3. Dark Chocolate Lavender Sables from gotta get baked
  4. Chocolate Cherry Brioche from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
  5. Gougères (French Cheese Puffs) from Crumb
  6. Mendiant from Cravings of a Lunatic
  7. Lemon Raspberry Madeleines from Kelly Bakes
  8. Chocolate Orange Torte from What Smells So Good?
  9. Cherry Clafoutis from Pineapple and Coconut
  10. Meyer Lemon Fingerling Potato Salad from Magnolia Days

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This recipe was first shared in 2014. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

Peach Hand pies on a round white plate with a red handled fork

Chaussons aux Pêches or Peach Turnovers

Peach hand pies made with puff pastry and homemade peach filling

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 9

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 3 medium peaches, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cold water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glaze and to seal the seams
  • Coarse sugar, to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine the fruit, sugar, cinnamon and one tablespoon of the water. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, and cook until the fruit is tender. In a small bowl stir together the remaining 3 tablespoons of cold water and the cornstarch until well blended. Add to the fruit mixture and cook while constantly stirring until the mixture thickens. Add vanilla. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Roll out puff pastry to a 15 x 15 inch square on a lightly floured surface. Cut into nine 5 x 5-inch squares. Alternatively, use a 5-6-inch biscuit cutter to cut as many rounds as possible out of the pastry (you will get less than 9).
  3. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of each square (or round). Brush the perimeters with egg wash, then fold the pastry over the filling, forming a triangle (or semi-circle). Use a fork to press and seal the seam together where the two layers of pastry meet.
  4. Brush each turnover with egg wash, using spatula place egg-washed turnovers on a parchment-lined baking sheet, dust with coarse sugar if desired, then refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400º.
  6. Remove turnovers from the refrigerator and cut 3 slits into the top of each turnover to release steam, if desired. Bake for 15 minutes, then decrease the oven temperature to 350º. Bake for 10-15 minutes more, until the turnovers are golden.

Notes

Filling adapted from Sweet Sensations blog.


If you make the round version, you'll have extra filling. Use any excess filling as an ice cream topping or mix with yogurt for a delicious breakfast or snack.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1 Turnover

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 121mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

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