Empanaditas Dulces (Fruit Jam Turnovers) Recipe: The perfect companion to a cup of Dominican coffee, it also doubles as a buffet favorite.
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword dusted, easy, empanada, hand pie, sweet
Prep Time 40minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 1hour
Author Clara Gonzalez
To make the dough
2 1/2cupsof all-purpose flour(extra for dusting the counter)
1/2teaspoonof baking soda
1stick of butter [113.4 gr], cold and diced
3tablespoonof cold water(may need more)
1/2tablespoonof cold milk
2tablespoonof powdered sugar
3/4cupof jam or marmalade(see notes)
To make the dough
Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking soda ).
Pour into the food processor bowl. Add the butter and process until it has small clumps of butter the size of lentils.
Pour into a mixing bowl. Pour in one of the yolks and cold water. Mix with a spatula until everything has be made into a ball.
Knead lightly for about 15 seconds. Divide into 4 balls and cover with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
Heat oven to 300ºF [150 ºC].
In a separate bowl whisk the remaining yolk and milk together. Reserve.
Using a rolling pin spread one ball at time to obtain a thin layer. Cut circles 4.5" [11.5 cm].
Spoon a dollop of jam in the center and fold. Seal edges with a fork. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Place on a lightly buttered tray (or silpat) and paint with the yolk mix. Return to the fridge for 10 minutes.
Bake for 20 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
Remove from the oven and place on a wire. Sprinkle with the powdered sugar.
Serve at room temperature.
I used guava marmalade and chopped dates for two choices of filling. You can try other marmalades, homemade or from jars, but they have to be very firm, watery marmalade will break the dough.If you are vegan, or are looking for a lighter option, the dough for this empanada does not require butter.Wanna make it even more interesting? Add a dice of Muenster cheese to the guava ones. Crazy good!