Monday, November 24, 2008

Apple Empanadas

My daughter's class is learning about North America this month and I had volunteered to bring in a snack that reflects this continent.... After some thought I decided on these Apple Empanadas and decided to make my job easier by using puffy pastry sheets instead of making the pastry from scratch. I also filled and formed the empanadas the night before & froze them. So, come wednesday morning, all i had to do was let them thaw out for an hour before popping them in an oven and taking them to school when I dropped her off. The teacher told me that the class really enjoyed it and my husband and I managed to sneak a few to taste and we loved it too. The pictures were taken in a hurry so aren't that clear.

APPLE EMPANADAS


Ingredients:
Apples - 3, peeled, cored and cubed into small pieces
Sugar - 2/3 cup
Raisins - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Cinnamon powder - half tsp
Lemon juice - half tsp
Cornflour - approx 1 heaped tsp
Puff pastry sheets - as required

Method:
1) Heat water in a pan and add the cubed apples. Simmer, cover and and allow to cook for about 3 minutes.

2) Add the cinnamon powder, mix, cover again and cook till the apples are tender. Add the raisins now. If there is water still remaining, open the lid, increase the flame and allow it to evaporate..

3) When almost dry, add in the sugar and lemon juice and cook till it melts and thickens a bit (about 3-5 minutes)
4) Dissolve the cornflour in little water to make a paste and add this to the apple mixture... It will thicken rapidly - so keep stirring. Allow to cool a bit.


5) Meanwhile, thaw pastry sheet & roll out to make it thinner.. I kept it pretty thin and managed to get 20 small squares from that 1 sheet.

6) In each square.. place about 2-3 tsp of filling (don't over stuff it) in the middle, fold over to form either a triangle or rectangle. If you want it to look more like the traditional empanadas.. cut out circles and fold over to form semi-circles instead. Crimp the edges with a fork (it helps form a good seal).

7) Bake in a pre-heated oven at 425F for about 15 minutes.. till golden brown on top. Allow to cool a bit, because the filling will be extremely hot, before digging in.

34 comments:

  1. WOw tje filling looks so yumm.
    Here we too have something like this and here they call it aple flap

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  2. Sounds delightful, this would also work well at parties I guess...

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  3. Yummy,I love pie made with apples,this too sounds simple and yummy!

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  4. these are so cute as individual mini pies...bet the kids must have loved em :)

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  5. this is such a brilliant idea - i have apples lying in the fridge

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  6. Thanks for the support and standing by me, dear. I will never forget your gesture.

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  7. apples and raisins...lovely flavours

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  8. Love the filling too... The kids would have enjoyed for sure

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  9. First time I've heard of a sweet empanada - clever idea!

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  10. Looks yummy, I have some apples left, this is nice treat for kids.

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  11. Wow with apple and raisin this seems like the perfect pastry for the perfect season...

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  12. wowww.. looks so yummy laavanya. nice snack.

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  13. They look yumyyyy....I am sure all kids must have relished the Empanadas.

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  14. wow, these look simply marvellous Laavanya! Yummy!

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  15. Oh I am sure the kids loved those! I like the idea of making empanadas with puff pastry sheets, those are life savers! I made pizza with the puff pastry sheets the other day, came out pretty good.. :)

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  16. this one looks delicious..wil try it sometime..

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  17. apple empanadas sounds great. It should be tasty.

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  18. 3 year olds and North America? Same thing with our kiddo too and makes me wonder if we lived in the stone age.
    Loved the empanadas!

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  19. ooooh puff pastry and apples! this sounds great! I bet these will also be great as savory empanadas. When I go to Argentina, I'll report back about the empanadas there :)

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  20. Sounds very tasty and delicious Laavanya :)

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  21. This sound absolutely delicious. I can imagine the gooey, sweet filling

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  22. never had it before and looks yum

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  23. Sounds delicious...will try them soon...empanadas looks cute n crispy..

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  24. wow.. thats great! My friend's kid is 4 years old and they have been taught about differnt places and 10 words from language of that place. They also have some fair where kids have to get food that represents their respective country. I really feel what we learnt all thru our life was limited to books and our teachers!!

    Empanadas looks yummy. dont get pastry sheets here. Miss them so much :(

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  25. wow... looks perfect & yummy.. will u pls pass that plate ??nice entry,, thxs for sharing..

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  26. They look very delicious, great party dish :)

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  27. looks like a dessert for holidays.
    you know what, I like the Indian veg puffs/savory puffs:)

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  28. Lovely treat! Sounds delicious and the stuffing is really tempting.. I'm sure my daughter will love this too.. will try this during this holiday week..

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  29. Looks like apple pie except for the pastry puffs! Lovely dish. Daughter must have been very happy, isn't it?

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  30. Thank you all for your delightful words.

    Sig, I agree that these indeed are life savers esp. when there's something large scale. pizza with puff pastry huh - must've been so crisp & flaky.

    Redchillies - yeah.. i wonder what they learn and how much they actually grasp of it... she is however able to point out south america now (they learnt that last month) :)

    Veggiebelly - yes.. be sure to take lots of pics.

    Uj, oh learning the language as well.. how cool. They had an intnl festival at my daughter's school and each classroom was made to represent a continent.. and decorated that way. The kids each had a little passport made for them with their pics and they could get a stamp as they visit each continent. Quite interesting.


    Sunshinemom - yes.. she ate some of the filling plain the previous night itself... :)

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  31. I have some apples and puff pastry sheets I need to use, I will try this!

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