I have wanted to try empanads for a long time. But I am an American. So I only know empanadas as those small, individual hand-pie like treats. Well, it turns out that those are not Spanish empanadas. They would be called empanadillas... Empanada are, essentially, bread dough surrounding almost any filling you can think of! Patri gave us some great recipes to work from, but also gave us the freedom to play with our food.
I made two empanada this month. The first was a dessert empanada using the wheat dough recipe Patri gave us. The dough came together beautifully and easily, and rolled out nicely:
The filling was a combination of lots of things I thought might taste good together. Almonds, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and, of course, chocolate chips all chopped together:
I did add some margarine in there, too, since I was a little concerned that the filling wouldn't be cohesive enough to stay together:
And it tasted great. The one change I would make would be to omit the raisins next time. They simply didn't add anything to the flavor or texture like I thought they would.
I also made a savory sourdough empanada. I had overfed Eve, my starter, and wanted to put her to good use. This is the recipe I used.
The dough was a lot wetter and stickier than the traditional one which Patri had given us. It was a bit harder to roll out, even with extra flour...
These empanada are so versatile and so much fun! Thank you so much, Patri, for both teaching us about empanada, and for encouraging so much creativity! I know this is a recipe I will use, and play with, a lot in the future!
If you are looking for some more ideas, check out what my fellow Daring Bakers did with their empanada!