Empanadas with cheese and guava paste filling

Ingredients  ( for 15 medium discs )

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 oz of cold unsalted butter ( cut in 12 pieces)
  • 1 egg
  •  4 – 5 Tablespoons of cold water


  • Mix  flour and salt in a food processor
  • Add butter, egg and water until the dough gets clumpy (small balls of dough)
  • Form a ball with the dough and let it rest in the refrigerator for half an hour
  • Get the dough from the refrigerator and work on the dough with a pin or a roller until it gets very flat
  • With a small round plate or a round lid, cut out as many circle shapes as you can
  • Use immediately to make empanadas or put them in the refrigerator to use later
  • Place the filling at the middle of the circle
  • To close the empanadas, I recommend you use the white of egg for the edges to seal very well
  • Fold in half and use a fork to press the edges for both sides
  • If you have time, put them in the refrigerator for half an hour before baking to avoid opening
  • To have a nice bright color,  paint them with egg yolk before baking
  • Preheat the oven to 400F
  • Bake them for 20 – 25 minutes or until it gets golden color


For the filling, you can use whatever you like, salted or sweet. You can put  just cheese, chicken, beef or any filling that you prefer.                                                                            In this case, I used mozzarella cheese and guava paste.

 Ready to eat…. Enjoy!!!


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