Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Baked Apple Empanadas

Okay, so maybe this wouldn't be your first choice for dessert on Weight Watchers. There are other things you can eat for 4 points. But this is one of my older recipes from Facebook so I included the WW info anyway.

16 servings
(Per serving : 4 PointsPlus / 140.1 Calories)
(Per serving using I Can't Believe It's Not Butter : 3 PointsPlus / 107.7 Calories)

1 cup all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into chunks
1/8 cup ice water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cooking apples peeled, cored and diced
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For crust; Mix flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut in butter with 2 knives (I just use my hands) until crumbly.

Mix vanilla with ice water and add to the bowl. Work the mixture into a ball. It should come together perfectly but you can add a touch more flour or water as needed.

Roll the dough into a log. Cut in half. Cut the halves in half and keep cuttinng until you get 16 equal pieces. Roll into balls and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

For filling; In a nonstick pot on medium heat, melt butter and flour until bubbly. Add sugars, spices and water and cook until thickened. Stir in apples and let cook until apples become tender. Set aside to cool.

Mix 3 tablespoons sugar with cinnamon and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 425F.

Between 2 pieces wax paper, roll the dough balls into 3-4" rounds. Divide apple mixture among the rounds (about 1 tablespoon each). With your finger dab a little cold water around half the edge of each round and fold them over. The water is like a glue. Use a fork to push the edges together. Dip them in the cinnamon sugar on both sides then place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. They're better at room tempearature than they are warm.

You could probably use a storebought puffed pastry for this too. Yum!

Tools I used to calculate nutritional information/points:
The recipe analysis tool from Spark People and the
Weight Watchers points calculator.

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