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.
Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2006
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.
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