Empanadas are the Mexican equivalent of the Cornish Pasty. Fill with any flavoursome tex-mex-style filling, such as Chilli con Carne, Refried Beans, Corned Beef Hash or the potato filling below.

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (yes you, read right... 1/2 a cup!)
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water

Suggested Filling

  • 500g old potatos, peeled, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli seeds (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Method

Now, sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and mix thoroughly into a pastry-like mixture. Add the water. The dough will be quite wet, like pizza dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and set aside for at least 30 minutes. Now might be a good time to prepare the filling.

To make the suggested filling, parboil the potatos until they are tender and then drain well. Fry the onion in the butter for about 3 minutes. Add the potatos, cumin, paprika, chilli seeds, salt and pepper. Stir to coarsely mash the potato until lightly browned.

Divide the dough into 12 equally-sized balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball flat (and round) with a rolling pin and place 2 tablespoons of the filling in the middle. Moisten the outer edge with a little water and then fold the dough over into a half-moon shape. Press the edges down with a wet fork to seal.

Place the empanadas on a baking tray. Brush them with the egg yolk and water glaze. Bake in an oven preheated to 215oC until lightly browned or for about 20 to 25 minutes.