National Apple Turnover Day

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Get ready to indulge in a flaky, fruity delight because it's National Apple Turnover Day!

When is Apple Turnover Day?

It's national apple turnover day on the 5th July.

What's the Deal with National Apple Turnover Day?

On this delicious day, we celebrate the irresistible combination of buttery pastry and warm, gooey apples. If you're wondering who came up with the genius idea of turning apples into a portable dessert, those English folks should take the credit. Apple turnovers have been a popular treat in England for centuries, and lucky for us, they made their way across the pond to America.

Why limit yourself to a plain apple pie when you can enjoy a handheld version filled with cinnamon-spiced apples? These golden-brown pastries are perfect for any time of day, whether you're starting your morning with a sweet breakfast or sneaking a treat during a mid-afternoon snack break.

Celebrate National Apple Turnover Day by baking your own turnovers filled with your favorite apple variety, or head to your favorite bakery to indulge in their flaky creations. Just be warned, once you take that first bite, you may find it impossible to resist going back for seconds!

History behind the term 'Apple Turnover'


The earliest form of apple turnovers emerges.

In the 1200s, a precursor to the apple turnover known as the pasty began to gain popularity across Europe. The pasty was made by filling folded dough with various ingredients, including apples. Although not identical to the modern-day apple turnover, it laid the foundation for this delectable treat.

17th century

The term 'turnover' is coined.

In the 17th century, the term 'turnover' started being used to describe a baked good consisting of folded dough with a filling. The turnover was so named because the pastry dough was 'turned over' to encase the filling. This term would later become associated with the apple turnover.

Late 18th century

Apple turnovers gain popularity in Europe.

By the late 18th century, apple turnovers had become an iconic pastry in Europe, particularly in Britain. These delicious treats were often served as pastries or desserts, enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Apple turnovers were loved for their flaky crust and sweet, tangy apple filling.

19th century

Apple turnovers make their way to North America.

As European immigrants settled in North America during the 19th century, they brought along their culinary traditions and recipes. Apple turnovers quickly became a popular treat in the New World, offering a taste of familiarity and comfort. They became a staple in bakeries and households, enjoyed as both a dessert and a snack.

Modern times

Apple turnovers remain a beloved pastry worldwide.

In modern times, apple turnovers continue to be a beloved pastry enjoyed by people around the world. The combination of flaky pastry and a warm, gooey apple filling creates an irresistible treat. Whether served alone or with a scoop of ice cream, apple turnovers are a delightful indulgence that brings joy to countless taste buds.

Did you know?

Did you know that the largest apple turnover ever made measured over 5 feet in diameter? It was created in Scotland, and if you ask me, that's one seriously giant pastry!


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First identified

5th July 2015

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5th July 2016

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