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Enjoy a portable pie today: It's National Cherry Turnover Day

Aug. 26 was National Cherry Popsicle Day. Two days later, Aug. 28 is National Cherry Turnover Day. In case you are not that familiar with turnovers, they are delicious pastry that can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a dessert.

Turnovers have been around since ancient times and are classified as "portable pies." That's because they are often made as a portable meal or dessert and can be eaten like a sandwich. A turnover is a type of pastry made by placing a filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, and sealing it. Turnovers can be sweet or savory. Pasties, empanadas, and spring rolls are also included in the turnover family.

It is common for sweet turnovers to have a fruit filling and be made with a shortcrust pastry or puff pastry dough. Savory turnovers generally contain meat or vegetables and can be made with any sort of dough, though a kneaded yeast dough seems to be the most common in Western cuisines. They are usually baked, but may also be fried.

Since today is National Cherry Turnover Day, let's define what a cherry turnover is. A traditional cherry turnover is the folded dough that is stuffed with a cherry filling, sealed and then baked until golden brown. There are many variations on this classic treat though. The cherry turnover recipe could include cream cheese, extra lemon juice, or even ice cream.

To celebrate National Cherry Turnover Day, bake your own homemade cherry turnovers to share with friends and family. Or head to your local bakery and buy enough cherry turnovers for everyone.