What Are Some Mexican Pastry Recipes?

What Are Some Mexican Pastry Recipes?

Some popular Mexican pastry recipes are for empanadas, filled pastries that are popular throughout Mexico and Latin America. Some dessert empanadas include apple and chocolate-banana empanadas.

To make apple empanadas, or empanadas de la manzana, combine 3 cups of flour, 4 teaspoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 3 teaspoons of baking powder. Cut in 1/2 cup of lard or shortening until the mixture has a coarse texture. In a separate bowl, combine 3/4 cup of water and 1 egg with a whisk. Add the egg and water to the other ingredients and knead them together into a dough. Cover the dough and let it set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Roll it about 1/4-inch thick and cut it into 4- to 6-inch circles.

Simmer 1 cup of water in a pan and add 2 pounds of peeled and cubed apples and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Cook them until the water evaporates and the apples are tender. In a separate saucepan, combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 1/8 cup of water. Cook at a simmer until the syrup has a dark golden color, at about 335 degrees Fahrenheit. Soften 1 cup of raisins in warm water, and then drain them. Add them with the apples to the syrup.

Once the filling begins to harden, spoon 1 to 3 tablespoons of filling to each circle of dough. Fold the dough over, and seal the edges with a fork. Chill the empanadas for at least three hours, and then fry them in hot oil until golden brown, about six to seven minutes.

For a chocolate-banana filling, mash together 4 large bananas, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Top the filling with 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate pieces.