Monday, October 4, 2010

Carmel Apple Empanada's

I LOVE Carmel Apple Empanadas! (from Taco Bell!) So I decided to try to make some one day. They don't taste or look JUST like Taco Bell's... but they are good:


1 1/4 cup flour (unbleached all purpose)

1/2 tablespoon normal sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes. (you can use salted if you need to, but make sure to leave out a little salt. :D)

1/6 cup ice water

2 teaspoons sour cream

Mix up flour, sugar, and salt in the food processor until combined. Add cubes of butter and pulse it until it is smaller than small peas. Add sour cream and water and mix until dough clumps into large clumps. Take it out, shape it into a disk, and wrap it in plastic wrap. Now it has to sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours. (You can refrigerate for longer, but if it feels hard after refrigerating, let it sit out for 10 minutes before you roll it out.) Now roll it out until it is about 1/8 in. thick. We have these things that cut circles and crimp the edges ~ I don't know what they are called.. they look like the pic at the top though.
Cut one Fuji apple into thin slices, and then cut the slices into quarters. now add a little water to the apples (in a bowl) and microwave for 1 minute.
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed + some more because it is good :P)
1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
1/6 cup milk
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 table spoon butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
In a saucepan mix sugar and corn starch. Stir in the water, milk and corn syrup. Cook and stir 'till bubbly, then cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Take it off the burner and stir in butter and vanilla. Now mix in your cooked apples (drained~ that was my mistake...) and fill your dough with a small spoonful of apples (try not to put much caramel because it all just oozes out and makes a mess!) (Also put water on one side of your dough or it won't stay.) And put in a fondue pot or just a pot full of oil until golden brown and crispy. Take them out and put them on a plate with a paper towel or two on it and sprinkle with sugar. When eating dunk or drizzle them in your leftover caramel sauce. If you still have left over caramel sauce save it for my next recipe!!

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