Sunday, June 28, 2009

How to Make Empanada

An empanada is one pastry that crosses income segments. It can be sold to the masses at mall kiosks, or to the well-heeled at Sunday neighborhood markets or even at 5-star hotels! It’s up to you to decide.

Materials needed:

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Chopping board
  • Baking tray

For the crust:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup ice water

For the filling:

  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled
  • 2 cups cooked beef, chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cumin, P105 for 500 grams
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To make the filling:

  • Saute onions and garlic in hot oil until translucent.
  • Add meat, sauté 5 more minutes. Stir in tomatoes, stock and remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.

Getting started

  1. First, make the crust. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

  2. Cut the shortening into the flour as though you were making a pie crust by working it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  3. Sprinkle dough with just enough cold water so that it will just hold together. Knead together briefly and allow to rest, covered about 10 minutes.

  4. Roll dough out on a lightly floured board to circles about 3-4 inches in diameter.

  5. Place a spoonful of empanada filling of your choice on one side of the circle. Moisten the edges of the circle with a small amount of water and fold the dough over the filling to make a half circle. Press the edges together to seal.

  6. You can opt to make a pattern on the edges of the crust by pressing on it with the tines of a fork. Vary your patterns if you are making empanadas with different fillings to distinguish one from the other.

  7. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.


It's me Tey! said...

yummy empanada... patikim naman!

pmm012 said...

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lilywhite said...

thanks for the visit Paolo :) followed your blog...

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