Sweet Strawberry Empanadas Recipe

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Lena January 19, 2021
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How To Make Sweet Strawberry Empanadas

Whip up a unique treat of delicious strawberry empanadas! They’re tart and sweet pocket pastries that’s baked to crispy perfection for a tastier dessert.

Preparation: 35 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Cool Time: 5 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 3cupsall-purpose flour,unbleached
  • ¼cupwhite sugar
  • tspsalt
  • 1cupvegetable shortening
  • ½cupwater,cold
  • 1egg,beaten
  • 8ozstrawberry jam,(2 jars)
  • 2tbspwhite decorator sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut the shortening into the dry ingredients quickly until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.

  3. Sprinkle with cold water, then mix with a fork until the dough just holds together.

  4. Run hands under cold water for 20 seconds, then dry them. Gather the dough with cooled hands and form it into 2 balls.

  5. Cover 1 ball and refrigerate. Flatten the second ball into a large patty.

  6. Flour a flat, clean work surface. Roll out the dough evenly into about ⅛-inch thickness, sprinkling with flour as needed to prevent sticking.

  7. Cut the dough into 4-inch circles using a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Dab a little water around the rim of the dough circles to make a good seal when folded over.

  8. Place a scant tablespoon of strawberry jam in the center of each circle. Fold in half to form a semi-circle, then pinch the edges to seal.

  9. Press the edge down with the tines of a fork to seal further. Repeat with remaining circles, then with the 2nd ball of dough. Transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet.

  10. Brush each empanada lightly with the beaten egg. Cut 2 small slits into the top of each one, and sprinkle the tops with decorator sugar.

  11. Bake in the oven for 13 to 15 minutes until the crusts are golden brown.

  12. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool further.

  13. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Substitute apricot or pineapple jam for the strawberry, if desired. Or use apple or cherry pie filling.
  • Substitute cinnamon sugar (2 tablespoons of white sugar mixed with ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon) for the decorator sugar, if desired.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 173.31kcal
  • Fat: 8.87g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.21g
  • Trans Fat: 1.13g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.60g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.50g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.57g
  • Fiber: 0.53g
  • Sugar: 7.75g
  • Protein: 1.87g
  • Cholesterol: 6.67mg
  • Sodium: 18.56mg
  • Calcium: 5.51mg
  • Potassium: 26.53mg
  • Iron: 0.81mg
  • Vitamin A: 2.87µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.83mg
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