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Terri Reed | Sweet Summer Treats

Recipe: Fresh Plum-Blueberry Turnovers


Hello and thank you for hosting me today. With Fourth of July fast approaching many people will be hosting family and friends as we celebrate the birth of the United States of America. I remember growing up, my grandparents would have everyone to their house for a barbeque. There would be hamburgers, hot dogs and my grandmother’s fried chicken. Corn on the cob dripping with butter, slices of fresh watermelon straight out of my grandfather’s garden and dessert--we’d have my grandfather’s homemade vanilla ice cream and berry pie. Yum.

As an adult I found I didn’t like cooking the way my grandmother and grandfather did but I will occasionally make a few choice creations. One that I would like to share with you that would be perfect for a Fourth of July celebration whether a picnic at a park or a backyard barbeque. This is an appealing, do-ahead dessert that can be formed and frozen, ready to be thawed and baked the day you want to eat it.

Fresh Plum-Blueberry Turnovers

Makes 8 large turnovers

  • 12 ounces plums, pitted and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 7-ounce package of almond paste
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • quick-cooking tapioca (if need as thickener for fruit)
  • 2 sheets of packaged frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg beaten to blend (for glaze)

Combine plums, berries, ½ cup sugar in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until plum/berrys are soft, about 4 minutes. Add cornstarch mixture and stir until mixture thickens and boils, about 1 minute. Mixture should be very thick. If fruit mixture is still runny add a few tablespoons of tapioca to hot plum/berry mixture. Bring to boil again, about another minute. Cool. Cover and chill until cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Finely grind almond paste in processor. Add cream and puree until smooth.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Roll out 1 pastry sheet on floured surface to 12-inch square. Cut pastry into four 6-inch squares. Spread scant 2 tablespoons almond paste mixture over center 4 inches of each square. Place ¼ cup plum/berry mixture on top at the center of almond paste on each square. Brush 2 sides with glaze. Fold pastry over filling, forming triangles and pressing edges to adhere. Press edges with fork to seal. Transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pastry sheet, almond paste mixture and plum/berry mixture.

Cut small hole and a few slits in top of each turnover to allow steam to escape. Brush turnovers with glaze. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Freeze for 20 minutes. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Cover and keep frozen. Thaw 6 hours in refrigerator)

Position 1 rack in center of oven and 1 rack in top third of oven. Preheat to 375 degrees. Bake turnovers until golden, switch top and bottom sheets halfway through baking, about 30 minutes. Cool on baking sheets. Serve at room temperature. With ice cream :-)



What are some fun traditions you have for this special holiday? Tell us below and you'll be entered to win this wonderful prize from Terri!

Terry Reed Giveaway

  • one signed copy of PROTECT AND SERVE
  • A purse size flowered journal
  • A Recipe card for Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares
  • A Harry and David Dark Chocolate Moose Munch bar

About Terri Reed

Terri Reed

Award winning multi-published author Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction at an early age and declared she would one day write a book. Now she is fulfilling that dream writing full-time. Her romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine. Her books have finaled in Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers The Carol Award contest.

She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children, and two dogs. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing tennis.

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34 comments posted.

Re: Terri Reed | Sweet Summer Treats

I mean, now I'm seriously hungry for turnovers! Is it too much work for a tasty treat this weekend?
(Sara Reyes 4:34pm July 1, 2016)

Awesome recipe, fun post!
(Darla Czapnick 6:30pm July 1, 2016)

Thank you ladies for stopping by! Happy Fourth of July to you.
(Terri Reed 6:59pm July 1, 2016)

We had a canine cop come to our work,it was the coolest thing.
(Catherine Myers 11:33pm July 1, 2016)

Hi Terri,
Shane & Gina's story sounds like it's going to have lots of suspense/action.
I'm looking forward to reading it!
For the 4th, we have hot dogs and light sparklers.
(Susan Sigler 1:51am July 2, 2016)

Happy 4th of July everyone . We have a rodeo in our small town and big fireworks afterwards , and yes , we have our good 4th of July food . HOTDOGS !!! Be Safe . Thanks for this giveaway .
(Joan Thrasher 9:17am July 2, 2016)

Thank you for the recipe. It looks yummy!! Thanks for the
giveaway opportunity as well!
(Tiffany S 10:17am July 2, 2016)

Our oldest tradition is packing a big picnic and taking our dogs down to the Columbia River for a cool day in the shade on the 4th of July.
(Valerie Stein 12:19pm July 2, 2016)

We like to watch The Capitol Fourth of July on PBS every year.
(Anita Seymour 3:20pm July 2, 2016)

Our tradition is to have family over for a bbq and to swim.
Plus enjoy some little fireworks! Thank you for the recipe.
(Jennifer Ingman 4:22pm July 2, 2016)

Sounds like a wonderful book to cuddle up & read on a quiet day. Sounds like it is filled with a lot of action to keep you entertained. Thank You for the contest & chance to read your book.
(Charlotte Louis 5:30pm July 2, 2016)

We have a family gathering with favorites such as brownies, grilled hamburgers,hot dogs, steaks, a vegetable tray and fruit. We also lay board games or if it is not too hot badminton and volleyball. I enjoy your books.
(Melinda Marks 4:48pm July 3, 2016)

Family barbecue. Tossing whatever on the grill and just
lazing the day away! Haven't done fireworks in years because
they would trigger my migraines, so it was mostly a day of
family togetherness.
(Marcia Berbeza 3:54pm July 4, 2016)

My dad barbecues, and my mom and I usually bake a
strawberry rhubarb pie. After dinner we usually go sit on
the back porch for a while and light sparklers.
(Cynthia Powers 4:24pm July 4, 2016)

We decorate the house and watch Macy's fireworks display.
(Marilyn Collins 6:30pm July 4, 2016)

We had a family cookout.This recipe sounds
(Nancy Burgess 12:16pm July 5, 2016)

Family time with lots of food and fun
(Julie Parrish 8:57pm July 5, 2016)

Picnic with relatives and neighbors we forgot we had.
(Laura Gullickson 12:22pm July 6, 2016)

Wow! Verry hungry now and I just wish I could curl up with
your book on my couch.
(Donia Eskander 12:34pm July 6, 2016)

Growing up, my parents would shoot fireworks for my brother
and I at the park or in the yard. I always remember
burning my fingers with sparklers. Now I like to watch A
Capitol Fourth on PBS.
(Tanja Dancy 1:44am July 6, 2016)

so hoping to be protected and well served by winning this, and OMG I am so going to be making those Plum-Blueberry Turnovers....2 of my favorite tastes!
(Melody Kaufman 3:19am July 6, 2016)

Those sound so yummy, I'm not the best baker but might
have to whip these up. It is usually too hot and humid
to go see the fireworks plus the hassle of the crowds, so
we have a cook out at home and watch both A Capitol
Fourth and MAcy fourth of July on TV, if we want to see
live fireworks there is a great parking lot with a view
of them from the local baseball team on cooler nights
(Kelly Holt 3:57am July 6, 2016)

Either shooting fireworks at home or going to watch them
somewhere. 2 years ago we got a new puppy and named him
firecracker because we got him on fourth of July and took him
with us to see fireworks.
(Stacie Williams 10:32am July 6, 2016)

Thanks for the recipe it sounds good, I am looking forward to reading this, every year for the Hoildays my 2 daughters and I spend the day out shopping and sight seeing and eating out. it's the best time for me.
(Penney Wilfort 11:37am July 6, 2016)

When I was a child, my parents always had a watermelon and home made ice cream, but at this stage of my life, I spend a quiet day at home.
(Anna Speed 12:31pm July 6, 2016)

We spend the holiday with family as it's my mate's birthday
weekend. I love that recipe.
(Beth Tilley 2:33pm July 6, 2016)

We always go to my sister's house for a bbq!
(Richard Proctor 5:06pm July 6, 2016)

My sister in law, who lives in the next town, always has a
big 4th of July bbq, which is lots of fun! We go every
year & have a blast!
(Maria Proctor 5:18pm July 6, 2016)

we have a bbq at the lake and then watch fireworks and
roast marshmallows over the bon fire
(Darlene Carroll 5:43pm July 6, 2016)

those turnovers sound so yummy!
we love to have big family dinners with lots of options and of
course a good dessert!
(Diane Sallans 7:16pm July 6, 2016)

Some fun holiday traditions we have every year is to spend time together as a family. We have a family reunion complete with fireworks and lots of good food and fun and game for all! Theres fishing and boating too! Your recipe sounds sooo good! I just might have to try it!
(Bonnie Capuano 7:55pm July 6, 2016)

This book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the chance to win
(Christine Kilner 9:17pm July 6, 2016)

we play generation horseshoes - no boy v girls just grands v parents v kids.
(Beth Elder 2:51pm July 8, 2016)

Such fun to see all the different ways to celebrate the 4th of July. I've been in
Nashville the past week without internet. Very strange to be unplugged for so
long. Our 4th was very low key. We weren't sure how the new puppy would
react so stayed close to home and tried to keep things normal. She didn't
have any issues with all the loud pops and bangs from around the
(Terri Reed 1:02pm July 12, 2016)

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