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Coconut Empanadas

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 10

Ingredients

For the filling:

2
cups milk
1/2
cup sweetened grated coconut
1/3
cup sugar
3
tablespoons cornstarch
1
pinch salt
3
egg yolks
1
teaspoon coconut extract (optional)

For the empanada dough:

2 1/4
cups flour
1
pinch salt
2/3
cup vegetable shortening
4-6 tablespoons ice water
1/2
cup sugar

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
No nutrition information available for this recipe

Expert Tips

If you want to save some time, you can use Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie dough instead of making your own dough.

Leslie Limón On her day, treat Mom to delicious and creamy coconut empanadas.

Directions

  • 1 For the filling: In a medium pot, heat the milk with the grated coconut over medium-low heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool until it reaches room temperature.
  • 2 Blend the milk and coconut mixture in a blender or food processor. Add the sugar, cornstarch, pinch of salt and egg yolks. Blend until well incorporated.
  • 3 Pour the mixture into the pot and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the coconut extract. Let it cool.
  • 4 For the empanada dough: In a large bowl, combine the flour and pinch of salt. Incorporate the vegetable shortening. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms a ball.
  • 5 Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • 6 Divide the dough into 2 parts. Extend each part of the dough on a floured surface until it's 1/4-inch thick. Cut the dough into 4-6-inch circles. Place 2 or 3 tablespoons of coconut filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough in half and seal the edges.
  • 7 Place the empanadas on a lightly-greased baking sheet. Bake the empanadas for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • 8 Sprinkle the empanadas with sugar. Enjoy with a cup of café con leche.

Leslie Limón On her day, treat Mom to delicious and creamy coconut empanadas.

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Leslie Limón On her day, treat Mom to delicious and creamy coconut empanadas.