Picture of Blackberry Turnovers on Plate

It’s fresh berry season – the perfect time to make Easy Blackberry Turnovers. I love this recipe for its flaky puff pastry and hint of herbs. Enjoy these delicious turnovers right out of the oven or pack them up for a picnic lunch or road trip.

This easy Blackberry Turnover recipe is perfect for any skill level, thanks to the puff pastry that will make you feel like an accomplished pastry chef in no time! Flaky, buttery, and simple to work with — puff pastry sheets can be found in the freezer section of your grocery store.

To make these turnovers even more delicious and next-level, there’s a lemon glaze, sugar-free blackberry jam, and a pinch of fresh thyme. Yummm!

Blackberry Turnover Recipe Highlights

Perfect Summer Dessert — Take advantage of fresh summer fruits bursting with flavor to make these homemade turnovers.

Easy to Make — This can be a fun and simple baking project with kids. Even if you don’t have helpers in the kitchen, the puff pastry (and just nine simple ingredients) makes this easy. The hands-on active time is only about 30 to 40 minutes.

Versatile — Switch out the fruit or jam to use your favorites or whatever is in season. There are a few suggestions below. And because these aren’t too sweet, you can serve them any time of day.

Pack ‘n Go — These Easy Blackberry Turnovers travel well and hold at room temperature for a few hours. They’re delicious hand-held pies sure to be a hit at your next BBQ or potluck — no utensils necessary!

Fresh blackberries and sugar-free jam on a pastry square

I made the first batch of these turnovers with my ten-year-old granddaughter, Mary. She noted they were delicious but not too sweet, and I agree! Unlike many similar recipes, these turnovers have no added sugar except for a small amount in the lemon glaze.

Is it for breakfast or dessert? You decide! This recipe brings back memories of toaster strudels (Pop Tarts™ come to mind) – but I promise these homemade turnovers are ten times better!

If you’re the curious or technical type who has to know: according to kitchn.com, “a turnover is a baked good made from puff pastry that’s filled with cooked fruit and is sealed by turning the dough over onto itself. (Side note: typically turnovers are crescent or triangle-shaped, but mine are rectangles. It’s all good!)

Strudels, on the other hand, have a dough that’s stretched wildly thin. A filling is then layered in and the pastry is rolled. When sliced, it looks like a whirlpool inside.”

  • Puff Pastry Sheets – As mentioned, these can be found in the frozen food section of your grocery store. Be sure to buy sheets and not puff pastry shells for this recipe. You’ll need to plan about 30 to 40 minutes of defrosting time before you start working with the sheets.
  • Blackberries – Fresh berries are best, but you can also use frozen.
  • Sugar-Free Blackberry Jam – I had trouble finding this at our grocery store and ended up with jelly instead. But I’ve since learned Walmart carries sugar-free blackberry jam. Note to self: Always check Walmart for “hard-to-find” specialty cooking ingredients.
  • Fresh Thyme – It’s only a small amount, but well worth it to add that extra taste sensation.
  • One egg, beaten – This is for the wash on top (which I forgot) and also to hold the two layers of puff pastry together.
  • Powdered Sugar – for the lemon glaze
  • Zest of one Lemon
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Vanilla Extract — I was out and substituted almond extract; either one will do.
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Rolling Pin (or substitute)
  • Pastry Brush to brush on egg wash
  • Citrus Zester
  • Small bowl for Lemon Glaze

Easy Blackberry Turnovers

Servings

6

servings
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

Fresh, juicy blackberries baked in a puff pastry are not only the perfect summer dessert — they’re also great for breakfast or a snack. This recipe makes six large turnovers that pack up well for a picnic.

Ingredients

  • 2 Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed to room temperature per package instructions

  • 6 oz. Blackberries, fresh or frozen; Thaw if using frozen.

  • 1 C. Sugar-free Blackberry Jam

  • 1 TBSP. Fresh Thyme, (leaves stripped from stems and chopped fine)

  • 1 Egg, beaten

  • For Lemon Glaze:
  • 3/4 C. Powdered Sugar

  • Zest of 1 Lemon

  • 2 TBSP. Lemon Juice

  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • After the puff pastry has thawed, gently roll each sheet into a thin layer. Cut each sheet into six rectangles, making 12 total.
  • In the center of six rectangles, place 1 1/2 TBSP. blackberry jam, leaving about 1/2 inch around the border for space to seal the turnovers.
  • Top with blackberries and a pinch of fresh thyme.
  • Spread the egg wash around the edge of your filled pastry rectangles. Top with a second pastry rectangle. Pinch them together with a fork or your fingers to seal the turnovers.
  • Using the pastry brush, add an egg wash to the top of each turnover.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden.
  • While the turnovers bake, make the lemon glaze: Mix the powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla in a small bowl.
  • When the turnovers are done baking, allow them to cool. Use a spoon to drizzle the lemon glaze over the top and enjoy!
Diagram of puff pastry divided into six rectangles
Cut each pastry sheet into six rectangles. These will make large turnovers. You can choose to cut them smaller and get more servings.
  • Try Different Fruit. Raspberries, blueberries or strawberries would be great substitutions. Here’s a similar recipe for Cherry Turnovers.
  • Try Different Jams. I’ve seen recipes with raspberries and blueberry jam. Don’t let yourself be held back by one recipe!
  • Don’t be Stingy with the Berries. I was a bit distracted when making these the first time and ended up with a lot more pastry than filling. They were still good, but they could have been so much better.
  • Serve the Turnovers with Ice Cream. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you’re going for a dessert.

Now I’d love to hear from you! Are you planning to make these blackberry turnovers? Did you already try them? Please leave a comment or tag me on Instagram @honest_and_simple.

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