Peach Turnover: Recipe Makeover

A rich, juicy filling and flaky crust keep this portable treat deliciously grease-free and picnic-ready. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Lighter Peach Turnovers

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A Peachier Turnover

Buttery, flaky pockets of deep-fried fruit are a guaranteed success at any picnic. No utensils needed for these peach-packed, lard-laden mini pies (charmingly known as "hand pies" in the South)—just a hearty napkin to wipe the grease and gooey filling off your cheeks. With nearly 730 calories and 19 grams of saturated fat each, we just had to rescue these treats. We'll show you how we did it.

730 calories per pie
45 grams total fat
19 grams saturated fat

312 calories per pie
9.4 grams total fat
5.7 grams saturated fat

View Recipe: Peach "Fried" Pie

Light-Crust Secrets: Less Butter

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Light-Crust Secret #1: Less Butter

We decrease the fat in the dough by nearly half, saving 202 calories and 12 grams of sat fat per pie.

Light-Crust Secrets: Oven-Baked Goodness

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Light-Crust Secret #2: Oven-Baked Goodness

No need to deep-fry. Oven-bake on a preheated baking sheet to save 107 calories and 2 grams of sat fat per pie.

Light-Crust Secrets: Disappearing Vodka

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Light-Crust Secret #3: Disappearing Vodka

This little trick adds moisture to the dough without the need for added fat. The alcohol bakes off in the oven.

Pie Dough Perfected Step 1

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Step 1

Lighter homemade dough requires care in each step. The results are well worth it.

Make the most of a smaller amount of fat. Butter goes a longer way when frozen and pulsed into the flour, creating pockets of butter throughout.

Pie Dough Perfected Step 2

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Step 2

Pulse in vodka, which moistens the dough and limits gluten formation to keep the crust tender. Be careful not to overmix.

Pie Dough Perfected Step 3

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Step 3

Roll the dough into thin, 5-inch circles for perfectly portioned treats. Refrigerate for 2 hours to make pie assembly easier.

Pie Dough Perfected Step 4

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Step 4

Vent the filled pies to allow steam to escape during baking, preventing that fiber-rich filling from overflowing.

View Recipe: Peach "Fried" Pie

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