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Date and Nut Puff Pastry Turnovers

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Think of these little pastries as drier, neater versions of baklava that you can hold in your hands without the services of a wet-nap. And since they call for puff pastry instead of phyllo dough, they come together in a fraction of the time without all the hassle of painting melted butter on tissue-thin sheets of pastry.

The insides of these turnovers are completely up to you. Don't like walnuts? Sub in pecans! Dates not your thing? Dried cherries work like a charm. Just don't skimp on the spices. They give these little turnovers soul.

If cutting puff pastry into small squares and crimping individual turnovers doesn't sound like your kind of fun, you can roll one sheet out, add all the filling, and fold the edges over to make a large tart. Or you can freeze some of the turnovers un-baked, then bake as needed directly from the freezer.

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