Lets start with the empanada (pie) crust.
Put 2 1/2 cups of flour in a bowl…
1 tablespoon of salt…
and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Whisk all of your dry ingredients together.
Now cut up two very cold sticks of butter…
and cut them into your flour. If you dont have a pasty blender (the tool I am using here) you can use two knives to get this job done.
Work fast! You want your butter to stay cold so it will remain in little pieces throughout your dough. Those little bits of butter help make a crust super flaky.
Once your butter is cut in add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the bowl.
Sounds strange to put vinegar in a pie crust I know, but the acid will help keep the crust nice and tender.
Now add 5 -6 tablespoons of ice water to your bowl. Cut the water in one tablespoon at a time. The less water the better!
When your dough starts to come together turn it out on a floured surface…
and kneed it into a ball. Try to get it into a ball as quickly as possible, the less you handle your dough the better.
Now wrap your dough in plastic and pop it into the fridge for a half hour. Your dough will be much easier to work with if it’s nice and cold.
A half hour later…
Take your dough out of the fridge and separate it into two. Wrap up one piece and pop it back in the fridge, we’ll get back to it in just a few!
On a floured surface roll out your dough. Keep checking the bottom to make sure your dough is not sticking to your counter!
Now you can use a drinking glass or a biscuit cutter to cut out your empanadas.
Don’t forget about your other hunk of dough in the fridge to roll out!
Now place a dollop of Nutella slightly right of center on your pastry. If you’re like me you’ll want to put a big dollop in there, but a small amount will be perfect. We need to be able to fold these babies in half!
Place a sliced banana right on top of the Nutella.
Looks good already huh?
Fold your empanadas in half and crimp the edges with a fork. Make sure the ends are completely sealed!
Pop them on a cookie sheet, brush with a little egg wash and bake them in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 20 – 25 minutes.
P.S 1 egg white + 1 tablespoon of water = egg wash
When your empanadas are done baking sprinkle some powdered sugar on top…
and just try to keep your (cute baby) hands off of them!
Warm Nutella mixed with some banana and that yummy buttery crust, heaven!
Thank you New Jersey Housewives for the inspiration.
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 5 - 6 tablespoons ice water