Apple-y Things…

A couple weeks ago, we went to visit my sister-in-law and her family in Black Mountain. I fall in love with the mountains of NC every single time I visit. Air is crisp and fresh. Winding roads give you a different view each time you turn a corner with a punch of green. Can’t get enough of it. It just got better when they took us to apple picking to a farm on one of those curvy roads. My first time, if you can believe! Had a blast and came home with lots of apples.

We even had the tools to pick them apples!


All these apples you see sent to the grinder with the help of these little hands under their curious gazes:

All that apple grind collected in a bucket, then wrapped in a cheese cloth, put under the press:

Then…Yes! All that sweet apple juice!

What would you do with all those apples?

Baked Apple Turnovers (Elmali Pogaca)

  • 1.5 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 20-22 oz of all purpose flour(more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 large apples
  • 12 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. To make the filling: Peel and grate the apples. In a wide pan, cook the apples together with sugar until all water is gone and they are cooked. Turn the heat off, add vanilla and cinnamon.

2. Whisk vegetable oil and yogurt in a big mixing bowl until well combined.

3. Gradually add flour, until a dough forms and does not stick to the walls of the bowl. Cover and let it rest for 20 min.

4. Divide the dough in 20 or 22 balls. Flatten each ball into a disc in your palm (about 4 inch diameter or so), put a heaping teaspoon of the filling on one half, cover the other half over it and pinch the edges to make sure the dough closes.It will look like a half moon.

5. Put the turnovers on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet, bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Once it cools, dust with powdered sugar and serve.


  1. by Valentina
    3:34 am
    Sep 29, 2012

    What beautiful images. I just love this post!

  2. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    10:15 am
    Sep 29, 2012

    Fun time, isn’t it!
    We picked up some apples last weekend too. I got hit a few times by the apples ;-))
    These turnovers look amazing!

  3. by Susan
    4:49 pm
    Sep 29, 2012

    Adorable photos of the girls, Ilke! I also love the spatters of apple juice flying in the air when the apples are being pressed. I haven’t been apple picking since our girls were little – what fun! What a delicious way to use those apples too :) I have to go and eat and apple now!

  4. by Christin@fortmillscliving
    10:09 pm
    Sep 29, 2012

    Black Mountain is such a neat little town. That is where my dad lives. Your pictures are wonderful. They really do tell a story and make me feel like I was there!

  5. by kitchenriffs
    12:32 pm
    Sep 30, 2012

    Great pictures! And a really nice recipe. I love apple season – they’re overflowing our kitchen at the moment, which is wonderful. We’re baking like crazy, and we haven’t done turnovers yet – and your recipe looks like a winner. Thanks so much.

  6. by thyme (Sarah)
    7:33 am
    Oct 1, 2012

    What a fun fall discovery for you. I’ve been apple picking many times but I’ve never seen how they press them into juice. I’ll bet those little ones loved this. When we lived in NY, we would go inside a barn and indulge in hot apple cider (pressed somewhere!!) and the most delicious apple cider donuts. Your turnovers look so delicious.

  7. by Mrs Ergül
    10:05 pm
    Oct 2, 2012

    Love the photo with the splashing apple juice! Great captures! And those of the kids are great too! I can never be fast enough for my nephews and niece!!

  8. by Nami | Just One Cookbook
    2:48 am
    Oct 4, 2012

    Whoa… You totally brought me into apple world with your beautiful images!!! I love your pictures with movement (I’m not very good at it). Wow I wish I can drink the fresh apple juice and the turnovers look wonderful!!

  9. by Parsley Sage
    3:25 am
    Oct 5, 2012

    Ohmigosh! This is totally my new favorite post! All the photos are stunning and you’ve made me so envious! I’ve never gone apple picking before…I’m clearly missing out. Thanks so much for sharing this experience with us!

  10. by Terra
    1:30 pm
    Oct 21, 2012

    Apples rock!!! When I was in Michigan, my uncle showed my hubby the cider making process at his apple barn. The apple barn was the highlight of my childhood for sure:-) Your turnovers look fantastic, and love the addition of yogurt! Hugs, Terra

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