Monday, February 20, 2012

Secret Recipe Club~Apple Empanadas!

It's time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal. We took a little break in January, but we are back in full force this month, cooking and baking our way through the blogging world. For February, I was assigned  the blog, The Foodies at Work. This  blog is so unique, with the 2 girls who are the foodies, writing from two different cities. Melissa posts from Boston and Angela from New York City. This fantastic blog features original recipes, local food events, and restaurant reviews. Stop by their blog, and say hi! I made their Apples Empanadas a la mode today. They are just wonderful. They remind me of some wonderful commercial pies I used to eat when I was a little girl. The pies brought back warm memories for me!! Try these. You will love them!

Apple Empanadas a la Mode
4 tablespoon unsalted Butter
3 large Baking Apples
3 tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 box frozen Puff Pastry, thawed(this takes about 40 minutes)
Flour, for dusting
Pinch Salt
Optional: 3 tablespoon Dark Rum
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Peel your apples.
Core your apples, and dice them into small bite sized pieces.
Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Once the butter is completely melted, add the apples
and stir them until they are soft. This does not take long.
Once the apples are soft, add your brown sugar,
cinnamon, salt, and rum, if you so desire. I omitted the rum.
Let this cook for 10 minutes, stirring often.
Once the 10 minutes are up, mush the apples with a fork
until it looks like lumpy applesauce.
During the 10 minutes, start to cut out your circles
from the puff pastry. Unfold the puff pastry. Use something 
that is 4-5 " in diameter to cut out your circles.You can see
that I used my funnel which was 4 1/2" wide. It worked great!
Using a paring knife or pastry wheel, cut out your circles.
There is 1 of the 4 circles I cut from 1 puff pastry sheet.
I made 1/2  of the recipe, 
so I only ended up with 4 empanadas.
Scoop 2 tablespoons of apple mixture onto each circle.
Fold each pastry circle in half. 
Pinch the ends closed.
Crimp the ends of the pastry with fork tines.
Take the 1 tablespoon of butter that you didn't use,
melt it, and gently spread it on the empanadas.
Poke a couple holes in the top of each pastry,
allowing it to vent while baking.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they start to
turn light brown. 
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!


Melissa said...

These look delicious!!!

Jo said...

Looks fantastic! I love using puff pastry to get dessert faster!

Kristen said...

Those sound wonderful. Puff pastry makes such fun dishes. These could be served for a casual family dinner or a fancier feast.

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite said...

Isn't puff pastry just the best? I really need to experiment with it more. Great pick for SRC...they look amazing! Oh and great call on the ice cream - so necessary :)

heidi said...

I bet this tastes fantastic, especially with the ice cream. This makes me want to have some!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Great choice for SRC, these look so delicious! So glad to be in Group C with you! :)

Rhonda said...

What a great take on empanadas, using puff pastry is brilliant!

Eliotseats said...

That was absolutely deserving of a big dip of vanilla bean! Great recipe and choice for SRC!

Kate said...

Isn't puff pastry amazing....these look delightful! Great SRC choice.

Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It said...

I love anything apple!! Great looking dessert!

Denise @ Creative Kitchen said...

Hi! Visiting from SRC group C. These apple empanadas look amazing!

Denise @ Creative Kitchen

Lavender and Lime ( said...

these look really great!

Lisa~~ said...

Looks delicious and I love the ease of using the puff pastry dough.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

Cook Lisa Cook

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Love a sweet empanada versus savory! Nice selection. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you.

Cindy said...

These look delicious. Puff pastry is fun to work with. Great SRC choice.

E.K.R said...

Okay, these seriously look divine! And I love how easy they sound. Can't wait to try them out. Glad to be in Group C with you!! :)

Angela said...

Oh my goombas, can you believe we are just now stumbling on this? They look GREAT! :)

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