Guava and Cheese Empanadas

recipe
Guava paste with cream cheese or farmer's cheese is a classic Cuban combination. Cut guava paste cleanly by dipping your knife into a cup of hot water between slices. When cutting dough for the empanadas, roll scraps again if needed to make 24 circles.

Yield:

12 servings (serving size: 2 empanadas)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 285
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 9.2 g
Satfat 6.2 g
Monofat 1.3 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 8 g
Carbohydrate 42.5 g
Fiber 0.8 g
Cholesterol 26 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Sodium 284 mg
Calcium 152 mg

Ingredients

Dough:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
6 ounces block-style fat-free cream cheese, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons fat-free milk
Filling:
1/4 cup sugar
6 ounces Kraft farmer's cheese, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon fat-free milk
1 large egg white
6 ounces commercial guava paste, cut into 48 pieces
Cooking spray
Topping:
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation

To prepare dough, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter and cream cheese; pulse 4 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor on, add 3 tablespoons milk through food chute, processing just until dough forms a ball. Press mixture gently into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap; cover. Chill for 1 hour.

To prepare filling, wipe food processor clean with a paper towel. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and farmer's cheese in processor; process 1 minute or until well blended. Cover and chill. Combine 1 tablespoon milk and egg white in a small bowl; set aside.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a heavily floured surface; cut with a 3-inch biscuit cutter into 24 circles. Discard any remaining dough scraps. Spoon about 2 teaspoons cheese mixture onto half of each circle; place 2 pieces guava paste on cheese, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Brush egg mixture around edges of each circle. Fold dough over filling; press edges together with a fork or fingers to seal. Place empanadas on 2 baking sheets coated with cooking spray; brush tops of empanadas with remaining egg mixture.

To prepare topping, combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over empanadas. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven; cool completely on a wire rack.

David Bonom,

Cooking Light

September 2006
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