How to make it

  • Sift the flour with salt, baking powder, and sugar.
  • Place half of the flour in a large mixing bowl.
  • Make a well in the center.
  • Place the lard, butter, eggs, and water in the well.
  • Use an electric or stand mixer to mix ingredients into a paste, or use your hands.
  • Continue to mix, gradually adding more flour until all of the flour is added.
  • You may need to add water - slowly and in small quantities-until the dough reaches a soft, pliable consistency, like pie dough.
  • Place the dough in a bowl, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the filling according to the recipe of the picadillo, guava or cheese
  • Lightly flour a work surface.
  • Divide the dough into 4 pieces (keep the pieces you aren’t using in the refrigerator until you need them); use a floured rolling pin to roll out the dough about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Cut the dough into a large, rough circle. (Don’t worry about making a perfect circle. You will trim the dough in the following steps.)
  • Put some filling in the center of the circle and fold over to make a half circle.
  • Don’t over-fill!
  • Use a pizza wheel to trim away the excess dough and make a nice half- moon shape.
  • Seal the edges of the dough with your fingers to make a scalloped edge, you can wet the edges a bit to make sure they are sealed and use a fork to mark the edges.
  • Instructions For Pan Frying:
  • In a large frying pan, add enough vegetable oil to cover the empanadas completely.
  • Heat oil to the frying stage, about 360 to 375 degrees F.
  • Fry the empanadas in the oil, turning occasionally until brown on all sides.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot!
  • Instructions For Deep-Pan Frying:
  • Heat the oil to 375 degrees F.
  • Place a single layer of empanadas in the fryer basket, drop in hot oil, and cook for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Be careful not to overcook. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your deep pan-fryer. Drain on paper towels and serve hot!

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    " It was excellent "
    midgelet ate it and said...
    great post!
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    " It was excellent "
    quaziefly ate it and said...
    Used to make something close to this long ago. Thank you for sharing. I can not wait to try it! You have my 5!
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  • sandra47 9 years ago
    you are very welcome
    glad you like the recipe
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    fantastic recipe high5 thanks
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