Texas blackberry and strawberry empanadas

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time8 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the empanadas

600g plain flour
30g caster sugar
1/2 tsps salt
4 tsps baking powder
100g vegetable fat
250ml chicken stock
2 large eggs,
2 tbsps water
Peanut oil, for frying

For the filling

200g blackberries
200g wild strawberries, roughly chopped
50g goat cheese
50g caster sugar
1) For the empanadas: in a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder and mix well. Add fat and break it up by hand until it resembles cornflour. Add chicken stock and knead until all is incorporated. Let it rest, covered, for at least 30 minutes in cooler.

2) When the dough has chilled, roll it out to 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin. Cut circles out of the dough with a 10cm round cutter.

3) Spoon a heaped tbsp of filling into the center of each dough circle.

4) Beat the eggs and water together in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash all around the edges of the dough. Fold the dough over the filling to make the circles into half moons. Crimp the edges with the tines of a fork to seal the dough closed.

5) Heat a pan, filled half way up with peanut oil, to 180 degrees C.

6) Fry the empanadas until golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes, turning them over occasionally with tongs.

7) For the filling: combine blackberries, strawberries, goat cheese and sugar and mix well.

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