Sweet Plantain and Chocolate Empanaditas

Empanaditas - small sweet or savory turnovers - are popular throughout Spain and Latin America.


2 dozen (serving size: 1 empanadita)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House


1 cup (1-inch-thick) sliced soft black plantain (about 1/2 pound)
2 tablespoons fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
6 tablespoons ice water
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
Cooking spray
Remaining ingredients:
5 teaspoons 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate minichips


Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare filling, cook plantain in boiling water 10 minutes or until tender; drain. Combine plantain and condensed milk in a bowl, and mash with a potato masher. Set aside.

To prepare the dough, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1/2 cup flour, ice water, and vinegar, stirring with a whisk until well blended to form a slurry. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add slurry, tossing with a fork until moist.

Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on 2 lengths of heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with additional overlapping plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, into an 18 x 12-inch rectangle; freeze 10 minutes or until wrap can be easily removed. Remove wrap; place dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into 24 circles using a 3-inch round cutter.

Place circles on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and lightly moisten edges of dough with water. Spoon 2 teaspoons plantain mixture into each circle. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges together to seal. Brush the tops of dough evenly with 1 tablespoon 2% milk; sprinkle evenly with granulated sugar.

Bake at 400° for 17 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine the chips and 2 teaspoons 2% milk in a small bowl, and microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over empanaditas. Serve warm.