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apple pockets Apfeltaschen
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4.91 from 11 votes

Apple Pockets

Fresh Apples baked with a yeast dough to make these tender sweet apple pockets aka Apfeltaschen. Your family will love these delicious apple pockets.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: apple pockets, apple turnovers
Servings: 8
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


For the dough

  • 7 oz milk
  • 3 ½ tbsp butter
  • 1 ⅔ cups flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp instant yeast
  • 3 ½ tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg beaten

For the filling

  • 2 ¼ cups apples a good baking apple like McIntosh
  • 3 ½ tbsp raisins
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp butter

For topping

  • milk enough to brush pastries
  • sliced almonds to sprinkle on top of pastries

For the glaze

  • 7 tbsp powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tablespoon * lemon juice
  • ¾ tbsp butter


For the dough

  • warm up the milk and melt the butter in it. Set aside and let cool to 140 F or less.
  • Mix the flour and yeast in the bowl of a mixer, slowly add the milk mixture and other ingredients and first mix with a paddle until the mass looks lumpy, then knead with a hook until they form a smooth dough.
  • Place into a covered container and let rise until double.

For the filling

  • peel and core the apples and cut them in to small pieces.
  • In a pot, sauté the apples with the other ingredients until the apple juices are drawn out. Let cool completely.
  • Preheat your oven to 395 F
  • Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch (6 mm) and cut out circles of about 5 inch 
  • Roll out the individual circles a little thinner, brush the rims with milk and place a spoonful of the apple mixture in the middle.
  • Fold in half and use a fork to seal them shut.
  • Brush with milk and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  • Bake the pockets for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, place on a cooling rack.

For the glaze

  • mix the lemon juice into the powdered sugar.
  • Melt the butter and whisk into the mixture.
  • Immediately glaze warm pockets with the mixture and let them cool completely.


*Denotes real spoons


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.6mg