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Pineapple Empanaditas

January/February 2008

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These miniature empanadas, tender pastry dough wrapped around pineapple filling, are just the right size for afternoon tea.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I've made this recipe twice and can't wait to make it again. Fresh pineapple definitely makes a much tastier "cookie." These are perfect for those watching their weight but craving a sweet healthy bite. "
Pineapple Empanaditas Recipe

Makes: 2 dozen empanaditas

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel), cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons low-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/3 cup pineapple or apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)

Preparation

  1. Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add cream cheese and oil and blend with your fingers until crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture with milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, and stir with a fork until the dough just comes together"the mixture will still be a little crumbly. Knead a few times in the bowl, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few more times until the dough comes together. Divide in half and shape into 2 discs. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
  2. Combine pineapple and preserves in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes. Mash the pineapple into smaller chunks with a potato masher or fork. Remove from the heat; stir in breadcrumbs and cinnamon.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  4. On a well-floured surface, roll out one disc of dough at a time into a 1/8-inch-thick circle. Cut circles of dough using a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Repeat with the remaining dough, re-rolling scraps as necessary, to make 24 circles.
  5. Place 1 teaspoon pineapple filling in the center of each circle. Fold in half, press edges together and crimp with a fork. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake the empanaditas until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the dough (Step 1) and filling (Step 2) separately for up to 2 days. Prepare through Step 4 and freeze in a single layer for up to 3 months. Bake frozen empanaditas at 350°F until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. | Equipment: 3-inch round cookie cutter.

Nutrition

Per empanadita: 64 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 1 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 84 mg sodium; 14 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (other), 1/2 fat



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