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Gluten-Free Blueberry Turnovers

MAKES 8

Flaky crust holds a delicious mouthful of blueberries. This fruity dessert delivers 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein as it satisfies your sweet tooth. Turnovers are portable and a kid favorite. Double the recipe and keep spares on hand for your child's lunch box or after-school snack.

Pastry

2¼ cups gluten-free high-protein flour blend
    of choice
½ cup sugar or granulated (dry) sugar substitute*
     of choice
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon guar gum or xanthan gum
½ cup (1 stick) butter or palm oil
5 tablespoon cold water
3 tablespoon vegetable oil, palm oil or butter

1. Measure flour blend, sugar, salt and guar gum into a bowl.

2. Cut butter into dry ingredients with a pastry blender or pinch with fingers until blended.

3. Add cold water and oil. Knead dough by folding it over and over until thoroughly mixed.

4. Wrap in plastic wrap and roll into a 12-inch long log. Refrigerate until ready to roll.

Filling

4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (or 3 cups cooked fruit)
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup sugar or granulated (dry) sugar substitute* of choice
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
2 tablespoons cold water
¼ cup coconut flour or gluten-free flour of choice

1. Combine berries, butter and sugar in a saucepan. On medium-low heat, mix gently until a liquid forms at the bottom of the pan. When berries are floating in their own juice, add salt and lemon juice. Mix gently again.

2. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons arrowroot with 2 tablespoons cold water. Pour into blueberry mixture and continue to cook over low heat until juice thickens.

3. Add coconut flour and stir until blended.

4. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Filling will be quite thick.

5. Preheat oven to 425° F.

6. Remove dough from the refrigerator and cut or pinch off into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. (Flour your hands, if necessary.)

7. Cut 8 pieces of parchment paper into 7½-inch squares. Cut 1 additional 7½-inch square to use as top rolling paper.

8. Roll each piece of dough out onto an individual piece of paper using one piece on top. Peel off top paper and place 1 tablespoon blueberry mixture on each piece of flattened dough. (Keep flattened dough on bottom paper.)

9. Slide your hand under one half of each paper and fold dough over, making a half circle of dough with filling inside. Pinch edges to seal and prick a couple times with a fork.

10. Leave filled dough on the paper and transfer each onto a baking sheet, placing evenly on sheet. Trim excess paper if crowded.

11. Place on middle rack in preheated oven and bake 12 to 15 minutes or until top turns golden brown. Check after 10 minutes. If tops start to brown too much, cover with foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.

Each turnover contains 445 calories, 20g total fat, 12g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 38mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 66g total carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 3g protein.

TIP Do not roll out dough thinner than ⅛ inch. If dough is too thin, the crust will burst as it bakes.  

*For better results when using sugar substitute, use half sugar and half substitute sugar; cook over a double boiler or pan of water until mixture thickens.

Recipe by Living Without’s test kitchen director Madalene Rhyand.

 

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