Johnny Appleseed

Walt Disney Studios created a 19-minute animated segment in ‘Melody Time’ (Also featured in Disney’s American Legends) featuring Johnny Appleseed.  ‘The Legend of Johnny Appleseed’ tells the story of an apple farmer wishing to go west, but can’t because he’s tied down by his orchard. Then an angel appears, setting Johnny on a mission. The short recounts legends of his friendship with wild animals, his cooking pot hat, and thousands of apple trees that he planted. The cartoon also featured lively tunes like “The Lord is Good to Me”. I recently saw this for the first time and instantly fell in love with it. It’s a wonderful movie to watch during the Fall harvest. Even though, my kids would be happy as a lark just eating a delicious apple. I have the perfect recipe to accompany it, Apple Turnovers!

Apple Turnovers

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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3 medium Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored, and diced

4 Tablespoons butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg white

1 Tablespoon water

1 (17.3 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed


Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add apples and cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch, ginger, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Cook for additional 3 minutes, stirring until apples are tender and sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, roll out unfolded pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Using a sharp knife, cut each sheet into four squares. Mix the egg white and water in a small bowl. Brush the edges of the pasty squares with egg wash. Spoon equal amounts (1/8) of the apple mixture onto the center of each pastry square. Fold pastries in half diagonally and pinch the edges with a fork to seal. Transfer turnovers to an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the top is puffed and nicely browned. Remove from sheet and place on cooling rack for 10 minutes.

Vanilla Glaze


1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla


In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. If glaze seems to thin, add more powdered sugar 1 Tbsp at a time; if the glaze is to thick, add more milk 1 Tbsp at a time. Drizzle vanilla glaze over warm turnovers and serve warm.

Once Upon A Time Apple Turnovers

Their perfectly delicious for reruns of ‘Once Upon A Time’ too. Regina was one of my favorite characters and fell in love with her back story. I think the Queen would be very proud of my turnovers. Just one word of advice, do not use the poison apples!

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Hi, I'm Esther. I'm the author of the blog 'A Magical Kingdom called Home'. I'm a LEO wife and stay-at-home mom of 2. I want to share my love for family, food, and Disney thru weekly movie night fun!

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