May 31, 2011

Disney's Dulce de Leche Empanadas With Pineapple


Dulce de Leche Empanadas With Pineapple

Cocina Cucamonga

Servings: 2 dozen

Empanada Dough


14 ½ ounces Cream Cheese
6 ¼ ounces Butter, Unsalted
1½ cups Flour
1½ teaspoons Salt
1½ teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon


1. Place cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl and mix until combined.

2. In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon and mix well, then add to the cream cheese mixture and mix until the dough comes together (approximately two and a half minutes).

3. Take out the newly formed dough and flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour*.

4. Weigh out and portion 2 ounces of the dough and roll into small round balls.

5. Sprinkle a little flour on a cutting board and roll out/ flatten the dough with a rolling pin into circles about 3" in diameter. Reserve for fillings.

Cajeta and Pineapple Filling


1 14-ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Pineapple, fresh, cleaned, trimmed,
finely diced Zest of 1 orange


1. Place unopened can in a large pot and completely cover with water. Simmer just below a boil until milk is reduced. This will take about 3 hours to slowly reduce.

2. IMPORTANT: Make sure the can is completely submerged at all times - add water to the pot as needed as the water evaporates during this process.

3. Once milk is reduced, set aside for next steps.

4. With a sharp knife, cut the pineapple into small pieces (ideally a brunoise cut: julienned, then rotated 90 degrees and diced to make small squares) and set aside for next steps.

Final Plate


2 Ounces Dough, freshly rolled out
1 Tablespoon Pineapple filling
1 Tablespoon Condensed Milk mixture (Cajeta)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Place 1 Tbsp. of pineapple filling on each circle of dough, add 1 Tbsp. Cajeta mixture to the pineapple and fold dough in half making a half moon. Then seal or crimp the dough on all open edges and place onto a small cookie sheet.

3. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Empanadas should be a nice golden brown. Allow to cool and serve warm.

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