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Monday, December 31, 2012


Makes about 10-12  Prep Time 15 minutes  (30 minutes to chill)

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1       cup Masa Harina
1       tsp. baking powder
1       tsp.  salt
1/2    cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2-3/4 cup water

  1. Mix flour masa, baking powder and salt.
  2. Melt butter
  3. Add melted butter to flour mixture.
  4. Add water starting with 1/2 cup.  Work it in to the mixture with your hands.  If not all of  the ingredients into a dough ball and add more water as needed.
  5. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 30 minutes.
  6. Once chilled divide dough ball in half and roll out to 1/8"/3.18 mm thickness.
  7. With the cutting side of the Tupperware Pie Press/Empanada Maker cut out 4 circles of dough.  Repeat with other half of dough.  Reroll and cut scraps.
  8. Place dough circles on Tupperware Pie Press/Empanada Maker and follow direction for the recipes or be creative with your own recipes.
Meat Empanadas Bake 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

Empanada Dough

Modified Epicurious recipe

Yield: Makes enough for 12 pastries

2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large egg
1/3 cup ice water
1 tbsp distilled white or red wine vinegar (helps make dough tender, won’t leave any flavor in finished dough)
Sift flour with salt into a large bowl and blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal with some (roughly pea-size) butter lumps.
In a small bowl, beat together egg, water, and vinegar with a fork or whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring with fork until just incorporated. (Mixture will look shaggy.)
Turn out mixture onto a lightly floured surface and gather together, then knead gently with heel of your hand once or twice, just enough to bring dough together. Form dough into a flat rectangle and chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, at least 2 to 3 hours.
When ready to make empanadas, let warm up on counter for a few minutes before dividing dough and rolling as directed above.

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