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A friend was browsing some Mexican dessert recipes for a school Cinco De Mayo party and found these. They sounded so good (what fried food doesn't?) so I had her send me the recipe.


  • 3 cups flour
  • · 4 teaspoons sugar
  • · 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • · 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • · 1/2 cup lard or shortening
  • · 3/4 cup water
  • · 1 egg
  • · oil or shortening for frying
  • · 4 lbs apples, peeled, cored and cut into small cubes
  • · 2 cups sugar
  • · 1 tablespoon cinnmamon
  • · 1 cup raisins, softened in warm water and drained
  • · pinch of salt
  • · 1 cup water
  • · 1/8 cup water
  • · 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and a pinch of salt together. Cut in the lard with a pastry cutter or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Whisk egg and mix into water.
  • Mix the water and egg into the flour mixture and knead until dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Lightly flour a surface and roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut into 4-inch circles for small empanadas, 5-inch for medium ones or 6-inch for large ones.
  • For apple filling-
  • Bring water to a simmer in a shallow pan.
  • Add in apples and cinnamon and simmer until apples are fork-tender and water is evaporated. Add more water if necessary.
  • In a small saucepan mix together sugar, lemon juice and water.
  • Begin to warm over low heat, stirring constantly. Slowly bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. If you have a thermometer, bring the sugar to about 335 degrees, when it is a dark gold color and remove from heat, remember to keep stirring! Quickly stir in cooked apples and softened raisins. Keep the filling over low heat if it begins to harden.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the dough circle for small empanadas, 2 tablespoons for medium and 3 tablespoons for large.
  • Fold dough over to make a filled half circle and use a fork to press the edges together. Refrigerate uncooked empanadas for 3 hours.
  • Fry in 350 degree oil for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown.

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