Three Ingredient Berry Empanadas! These are awesome! Full disclosure, as I have mentioned before, baking is not my best talent but I have been working on coming up with easy recipes that give me a good head start into building upon my baking skills. This berry empanadas recipe was one that I came up with just by looking in my fridge at ingredients I had lurking on the shelves. Most of my recipes have been derived from ingredients I had since most of us busy mom’s typically cook that way.
I had some store-bought pie crust (hoping to attempt to make my own at some point but for now store-bought it is). I also had some delicious berry jam that I had bought for PB and J sammies for my little guys but they wanted the PB without the Jam so I needed to use it up.
I thought, wow I bet I could make sweet empanadas with that, bake them, dust them with sugar and there you go. A super easy sweet treat you can make in no time at all!
It worked out in the end. As you can see, they are baked to perfection, with the delicious jam spilling out of them then sprinkled with powdered sugar. Heaven in a tiny package!
Making the empanadas
First you need to preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then the fun part comes in, making these cute little packages of goodness! Super easy. Just roll out the dough (ingredient number one) with a rolling-pin and cut circles using a biscuit cutter or whatever round glass you may have on hand. I couldn’t find my biscuit cutter so I used a martini glass.
Then you need to brush them with egg wash (ingredient number 2) and place about a tablespoon of the jam (ingredient number three) in the center.
Then you need to fold it over into a half-moon shape and pierce the edges with a fork. You also want to put a slit in the top for venting and plus it looks pretty once it bakes.
So cute right? I love these little treats!
Then I put them in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up in hopes that the filling would not seep out during the baking process and it worked like a charm. What I am finding in baking as well as cooking is that you need to take chances when testing recipes and always go with your gut. It Really is fun and exciting when the recipes turn out great! Like this one did.
Then I simply baked them off and they were done. I sprinkled them with a little powdered sugar but you can certainly omit that step. They are just fine without it.
I hope your try these out and please let me know what you think!
- 2 packages store bought pie crust at room temperate (about 70 degrees)
- 1 cup berry jam
- 1 egg
- Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
- Roll out the pie crust on a floured surface.
- Using a biscuit cutter or the top of a round glass, cut out your circles.
- Crack the egg and whisk it with a little water.
- Brush each circle of pie dough with the egg wash.
- Place a tablespoon of the jam in the center and fold the dough over into a half moon shape.
- Pierce the sides with a fork and add in a few slits on the top to vent and place on a plate. Continue with this process until you have used all of your dough.
- Place the empanadas in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up.
- Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
- Place the empanadas on a baking sheet, brush the outside with more of the egg wash and bake them for 22 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, let cool and top with powdered sugar. Enjoy!