You don’t have to have a dough press to make pocket sandwiches and turnovers—but they are handy, quicker, and neater.  Use the bottom of the dough press to cut neat circles in the dough.  Place the dough in the cupped center and add the filling, brush a little water or egg along the seam, and close the lid to seal.

To make pocket sandwiches without a dough press:

  1. Choose a saucer or small plate the size you would like for your dough circles.  Roll the dough out and lay the plate on the dough.
  2. With a sharp knife, cut around the plate cutting out a circle of dough.
  3. Lay the dough on plate or saucer.  A gentle cupping contour helps hold the filling in place.
  4. Lay a small scoop of filling on the dough on one side.  Don’t put too much.  (The tendency is to add too much filling.)
  5. Mix an egg wash by whisking two tablespoons of water with one egg.
  6. Brush some wash along the edges of the dough, where the seams will form.
  7. Fold half of the dough across the filling so that the edges meet.
  8. Press the edges together firmly with the tines of a fork.
  9. Brush the surface with more egg wash if desired.  Bake.
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