Sour Cherry and Goat Cheese Turnovers

Posted on by on June 4th, 2011 | 32 Comments ยป

The other day I went with Katherine to the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem to explore the narrow alleyways of the beautiful large shuk and stock up on some special goods we may not find in our small modest Be’er Sheva shuk. Among some of the wonderful things we found were sour cherries.

Sour cherries are hard to come by because of their super short season, they are perishable and hard to keep. Because of this its pretty hard to find them fresh. They are either canned as pie filling, dried, or sitting in a jar of preserves. So, you could only imagine our excitement to see huge mounds of these mouth puckering fruits sitting in the shuk.

Unlike their more common sweet counterpart, most people don’t enjoy them raw (though I love them). They make the most perfect addition to anything from desserts to duck.

I probably would have been fine eating these plain, but I had 1/2 kilo of them and my husband said they were way to tart for his liking to eat raw and so I had to do something with these plump bright red beauties before they went bad. These little turnovers are super easy to make (thanks to pre packaged puff pastry dough). The tartness of the cherries against the creamy goat cheese is just, perfect.



For turnovers

1 1/2 cups sour cherries, pitted
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 ounces goat cheese
1/8 cup sugar
1 17 ounce package frozen puff pastry, thawed and cut into 6 squares
1 egg, beaten
Brown sugar for sprinkling

For goat cheese cream

1 cup whipping cream
1.5 ounces goat cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar


In a medium saucepan combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla, toss to coat and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Cook cherry mixture over medium heat, stirring gently, until mixture boils and thickens, about 3 minutes.
Cool cherry mixture completely.
In a mixing bowl beat together goat cheese and sugar, set aside.
Preheat oven to 375.
On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper arrange the 6 pieces of puff pastry.
Place a small amount of cherry mixture and goat cheese mixture in the center of each square.
Brush edges of squares with beaten egg and fold top half over filling forming a rectangle.
Press firmly on edges to adhere to one another, enclosing the filling and press with a fork to seal.
Using a fork, pierce top of each turnover in 3 places to allow steam to escape during baking.
Brush tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake until crust is golden, about 30-35 minutes.
Meanwhile make goat cheese cream by combining whipping cream, goat cheese and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl.
Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and peaks form. (try not to overbeat)
Cover and chill until turnovers are done baking.
Serve turnovers warm or at room temperature with goat cheese cream.


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  1. Posted on: 6-4-2011

    I love goat cheese, and I think that the combination with sour cherry (I never ate them… never saw them, actually) would be delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-4-2011

      Giulietta, I love goat cheese too! It is a favorite of mine. I could eat it on anything!

  2. Posted on: 6-4-2011

    Really nice! sweet and salty is my favourite combination!! And especially when it is combined with goat cheese, my favourite one.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-4-2011

      Thanks Valerie! I love sweet and salty too. The savory of the goat cheese comes through just enough in this. Its wonderful against the cherries!

  3. Posted on: 6-4-2011

    Hi Beth,
    Your turnovers made me crave sour cherries . Here in US I have never seen fresh sour cherries. If you’re lucky you might find preserved in jars at some ethnic stores. I’m not that lucky :((
    I remember we used to have a tree in my grandparents back yard and we were so looking forward to the sour cherry season. Like you said, it’s gone in no time.
    Your turnovers turned out so great. Love the goat cheese addition.
    Thanks for sharing

    Happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-4-2011

      Roxana, I remember back in the US only finding fresh sour cherries a few times at farmers markets. Never though in a supermarket. That is so amazing your grandparents had a tree! That would be beyond amazing being able to have a whole tree of sour cherries all to myself!!! Have a good weekend!

  4. Posted on: 6-4-2011

    This recipe is just genius! The turnovers look amazing – and the photos are just tantalizing with the little bit dripping out. I used to be able to find sour cherries at the Union Square farmers market in New York, but they were only there for a very short time every summer, usually in July. So happy we found them in Israel! I just made pie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-5-2011

      Thanks Katherine!! Hopefully we can find them at the shuk here!! I cant wait to see your pie!

  5. Posted on: 6-5-2011

    Wow… That looks incredible! I never would’ve thought to use goat cheese but I’m sure they were fantastic! Wonderful, wonderful recipe! And gorgeous photos!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-5-2011

      Thank you Farmers Wife!! I think I can put goat cheese on anything, I just love it!

  6. Posted on: 6-5-2011

    Goat cheese and cherry?! What a combination. Let me try to imagine the taste… it’s so unique and it only comes this kind of dish from your kitchen. I love it. I can see creamy goat cheese making sourness go away. Looks delicious and you have nice photos… the last picture is PERFECT.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-5-2011

      Thanks Nami! The taste is wonderful!! The goat cheese works perfect with the cherries!

  7. Posted on: 6-5-2011

    These look delicious! If I happen upon sour cherries at the market, I’ll definitely give this a try!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-6-2011

      Thanks Deena! I will keep my fingers crossed you find some!

  8. Posted on: 6-6-2011

    Never combine goat cheese with sour cherries before, but it looks extra delicious!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-6-2011

      Jun, the combination is wonderful!

  9. Posted on: 6-6-2011

    I use to find sour cherries in Italy until a few years ago… then the “disappeared”… I haven’t seen them around here yet… I love the way you paired them with goat cheese (yummmmmm… you know how much a I love that right???)! Great dish!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-8-2011

      Thanks Manu! Yes, I know how much you love goat cheese, just as much as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Posted on: 6-6-2011

    Ohhh, I haven’t had a turnover in way too long. These look divine!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-8-2011

      Thanks Lindsay! This was my first time having a turnover in way too long too!

  11. Posted on: 6-6-2011

    I’ve been trying to get my hands on sour cherries here in Portland. If I do, I am so making these!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-8-2011

      Thanks Lindsay! I hope you can find some sour cherries!!

  12. Posted on: 6-7-2011

    Oh my- you have no idea how jealous I am of those sour cherries. We’re just coming up on cherry season around here and I have my eyes peeled! I love the combination with the goat cheese, definitely one to keep around!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-8-2011

      Thanks Sarah! I hope you find sour cherries!

  13. Posted on: 6-7-2011

    I love this! So pretty and I bet delicious!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-8-2011

      Thanks Lauren! They were great!

  14. Posted on: 6-7-2011

    Goat cheese and cherries in puff pastry….AMAZING!!!!! These look fabulous!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-8-2011

      Thanks so much Meghan!!

  15. Posted on: 6-23-2011

    I’ve got a sour cherry tree. Now if only I can pick some so that I can make these. Even though I’m not supposed to eat dairy, I think I’m going to eat these anyway. I’ve read goat cheese is different than other dairy. Can’t wait!

  16. Posted on: 7-2-2011

    I just recently discovered sour cherries and this looks like a great way to enjoy some!

  17. Emily
    Posted on: 8-3-2011

    How happy I am to have found this! I recently returned from Door County with about ten pounds of fresh sour cherries (yesterday I pitted and froze a good amount of them) and I just so happened to have puff pastry, goat cheese and heavy cream in the fridge. If I DIDN’T make this recipe, it’d be a crime.

  18. Posted on: 11-15-2011

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