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

Preparation 

  • 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

Filling

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!!!

Yogurt Cake

recipe from France

preparation    : 5 minutes

baking time   : 30 minutes

Ingredients for 6 people :

– 1 cup of plain yogurt

– 2 cups of flour

– 2 cups of sugar

– 3 eggs

– 3/4 cup of oil

– 1 teaspoon of baking powder

– 1 packet of vanilla sugar

Preparation:

1_Preheat the oven to 400F (200C)

2_In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, eggs and yogurt. Add oil, baking powder and vanilla sugar.

3_Pour batter into a buttered cake pan.

4_Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

5_Wait for a few minutes before turning it out from the pan.

Enjoy the cake both warm and cooled.

Cooking Tips :

  • Use the yogurt for the measurement.
  • You can add apple or chocolate to this cake if you like.

Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Karaage is Japanese style fried chicken. In Japan Karaage is one of the best party recipes and Kids’ favorites.

It is very easy and simple to make it, so give it a try!

Cook time : 40 minutes ( including marinating time )

Ingredients

● 400~500g boneless chicken thighs ( or breast )

● 2 Tbs soy sauce

● 1 Tbs sake

● 1/2 tsp crushed garlic

● 1/2 tsp ginger juice

( you can grate 1 “thumb size” fresh ginger and make ginger juice )

● 3 Tbs cornstarch

● 3 Tbs all purpose flour

● Vegetable oil for deep frying

● 1 large Ziploc bag ( or plastic bag )

 

How to make it

(1) Cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces.

(2) Put the chicken, sake, soy sauce, garlic and ginger juice in the Ziploc bag, and zip the bag. Then mix well and let marinate for 20 ~ 30 minutes.

(3) Heat the oil to 165 ~ 170℃ ( a little lower than the medium heat ).

(4) Drain off the marinade and put cornstarch and flour in the bag. Toss it well and make sure the chicken pieces are completely coated.

(5) Fry the chicken pieces until deep golden brown.

Tips for deep frying

(1) Leave the chicken pieces in the heated oil for the first one minutes.

(2) Then flip them over in the oil occasionally for about 5 ~ 6 minutes.

(3) Before taking them out from the oil, turn the heat highest to make Karaage more crispy.