Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Pumpkin and apple empanadas (turnovers)
I googled how to make empanadas even did it in Spanish (como hacer empanadas) I had too many answers and nothing I liked.. I still like simplicity but I wanted something somewhat authentic.. I found things ranging from using frozen pie crust, to ready made from the brand Goya to overly complicated doughs involving yeast, which to tell you the truth horrifies and scares me.. maybe it's that I love Lucy episode where she added too much yeast to homemade bread and then ended up getting attacked my it ha ha.. I know silly huh?
Anyway I took things from here and there and experimented.. they came out great, and there is ways to make it easier, tired of pumpkin pie? Scrape the filling and add it to the empanadas.. I did make my pumpkin ones with the same method to make the pumpkin pie filling (minus the clove I think clove is too strong for my palate I never was keen on it.) and the apple ones were super easy!.
The beautiful part of this.. is that empanadas can handle anything, pineapple pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yams, apple, figs! pretty much any fruit AND on top of that you can make dinner ones not necessarily dessert, you can make "picadillo" (ground beef w/veggies), ham and cheese, chicken, beans and cheese etc.. I truly love dishes that you can make your own... this recipe is a raw one, please feel free to add or take away or to make it different.. if you have a different way please share, I would love to perfect my method.. and seriously go play with this recipe and share! have fun! I dare you! ;)
You start off by making the dough of course, you will need:
4 cups of flour
2 TBS of butter COLD
12 TBS of Vegetable Shortening (about 3/4 of those crisco sticks) COLD
4 TBS of sugar
3 tsp of salt
2 egg YOLKS
1 cup of water
mix the dry ingredients first, flour salt , sugar
add the butter and lard and mix it in with a fork just keep cutting it in with the fork as much as you can.
flour the surface you will work on with a rolling pin stretch out balls of dough on the table to about 1/4 inch thick. cut them with a large cup or circular container depending on the size you want them.
Pop them in the oven 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until dough is firm, sprinkle them with Cinnamon and sugar and enjoy!