A rich, juicy filling and flaky crust keep this portable treat deliciously grease-free and picnic-ready. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD
April 11, 2012
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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.
Classic • 730calories per pie • 45 grams totalfat • 19 grams saturated fat
Makeover • 312calories per pie • 9.4 grams totalfat • 5.7 grams saturated fat
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pulse in vodka, which moistens the dough and limits gluten formation to keep the crust tender. Be careful not to overmix.
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Roll the dough into thin, 5-inch circles for perfectly portioned treats. Refrigerate for 2 hours to make pie assembly easier.
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Vent the filled pies to allow steam to escape during baking, preventing that fiber-rich filling from overflowing.