Beef Empanada’s

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been good. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve made Emapnada’s a few times before however, today’s recipe is made using beef instead of chicken. You can find my recent Chicken Empanada recipe here.

I had so much fun making this meal and the end result was amazing!! Beef empanada’s are a staple food in Argentina and are enjoyed worldwide. I made the dough first and left it to chill in the fridge for a few hours. In the meantime I mixed the garlic, onion and seasonings together in a bowl to get prepared for cooking the dish as my beef was frozen. The one thing I really like about this emapanada dough in the yellow flakiness of the pastry, also the colour and flavour are both so rich from the egg yolk and butter you hardly need any salt.

Recipe: Beef Empanada (makes 15)

Ingredients for pastry

275g plain flour

Pinch of salt

50g butter – diced and cold

1 egg

90ml water

Method

  • Weigh out the flour, salt and butter into a bowl and combine with your finger tips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Next, add the egg and water moving your hands in a circular motion until it forms a dough.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
  • Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, knead the dough for a couple of minutes and roll out to roughly 2mm thick and cut out 12 discs using a 12cm round cutter.

Ingredients for beef filling

400g minced beef

2 tbsp oil

1/2 onion – finely diced

1 garlic – crushed

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp flour

200ml of water

1 tsp brown sugar

Method

  • Combine the onion, garlic and seasonings together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry this season mixture until the onions are soft, cover with a lid for 3 minutes.
  • Add the minced beef to the pan and turn the heat up slightly cooking until the juices are reduced.
  • Sprinkle over 1 tsp of flour over the beef and pour in the water and the sugar.
  • Mix well, cover with a lid and leave to simmer on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool.

Making the Empanada’s

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly grease 2 oven trays.
  • Take 1 pastry disc and add a spoonful of the beef mixture to one side.
  • Fold over the pastry in half, making sure the filling is completely covered and crimp the edges with a fork.
  • Use a cocktail stick to pierce 2 holes on top of the pastry and place one the prepared trays. Repeat until everything is used up.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the pastry is lightly golden.
  • Serve with a salad.

*If you have left over mince like I did you can keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days and eat with some rice.

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Garlic Herb Pitta Bread

Hi everyone, how has life been treating you?

Since the ‘lockdown’ I have really been into making bread varieties. Usually, I would just stick to a pizza base dough, but I’ve made a plain bread loaf, flat bread, tortilla wraps and pitta bread over the months. To be honest they are all quite similar using mainly flour and water but they all taste so different and each complement a range of dishes. Since these are homemade, I opted to make them as healthy as possible, and as you can see in the images below, they are not covered in oil but tasted so good.

Garlic Herb Pitta Bread recipe (makes 6)

Ingredients

225g strong white bread flour

7g dried yeast

Pinch of salt

Pinch of sugar

1 tbsp oil

130ml warm water

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil an oven tray.
  • Place all of the dry ingredients into a bowl making a well in the centre and pour in the water and oil.
  • Use your hands or a wooden spoon to form a dough and knead for 5 minutes. Shape into 6 circles, place on the tray and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and set aside until needed.

What is your favourite type of bread?

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Homemade Pizza Base

Hello everyone! I hope your day is going well. Today’s recipe is a pizza base, I recently upload a cauliflower pizza base recipe but I much prefer this one. I enjoy eating pizza and it is definitely one of my favourite foods to make for dinner. I haven’t really focused on the toppings for this recipe so you can add whatever you like.

Pizza Base recipe (makes 2 trays)

Ingredients

500g plain flour

7g dried yeast

1/2 tsp salt

300ml warm water

2 tbsp oil

Tomato sauce

Cheddar cheese – grated

Sweetcorn

Kale

Spring onion

Cauliflower – cut into small chunks

Method

  • First to make the pizza base, put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Then add the oil to the water and pour into the flour mix, using your fingers to make the dough.
  • Once you have made a dough knead it for 5-10 minutes on a clean surface, rub with a little oil and put back into the bowl covered with clingfilm or a tea cloth. Leave until it doubles in size (roughly 1 hour).
  • Just before the hour is up preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil to baking trays to prevent the pizza from sticking.
  • Next, separate the dough in two and roll out to fit the shape and size of your baking tray.
  • Add the sauce and your chosen toppings to the pizza base place in the oven and bake for roughly 20-25 minutes until the dough is cooked.

Comment below if you make this 🙂

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Real Cinnamon Buns- Kanelbullar

Here is another recipe I found in the newspaper, I really enjoyed baking these because they are so different to the usual things I bake. They remind me of the cinnamon swirls you can buy from Greggs. I actually halved the recipe and made 12 even though the original recipe makes 16. These buns tasted so amazing I can’t wait to make them again 🙂

Ingredients
13g dried yeast
250ml milk, warmed
80g butter, melted
40g caster sugar
450g strong white flour
2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp salt
1 egg

Filling
80g butter
1 tsp plain flour
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla sugar
80g caster sugar
Egg for brushing

Topping
3 tbsp golden syrup and sesame seeds

Method
1. Paul the warm milk into a bowl Sprinkle in the yeast and whisk together Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes to become slightly bubbly. Pour into the bowl of a food mixer fitted with a dough hook.

2. Mix in the cooled, melted butter. Allow to combine for one minute, then add the sugar. In a separate bowl, weigh out 400g of the flour, add the cardamom and salt then mix. Start adding the flour and spices into the milk mixture bit by bit. Add half the Beaten egg. Keep kneading for 5 minutes you may need to add more flour at this stage but make sure the mixture is still a little bit sticky because you don’t want dry buns.

3. Cover the dough with cling film. Allow to rise for about 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

4. Place the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead through with your hands and work in more flour if needed. Next roll out the door to a 40 x 50 centimetre rectangle which is roughly 16 x 20 inches.

5. In a bowl, add the butter, flour, spices and sugars and mix together very well to make the filling. Use a spatula and spread the mixture evenly over the rolled out dough then fold the in half lengthways.

6. Using a knife for pizza cutter, cut 16 strips of dough. Take each strip and carefully twist it a few times then curl into a ‘knot’,  ensuring both ends are tucked underneath, so they don’t spring open during baking. Place the folded ‘knots’ on the prepared baking sheets, spaced well apart. Leave to rise under a kitchen cloth for 30 minutes.


 7. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 / 200 degrees Celsius.
 8. Brush each bun lightly with the leftover beaten egg and place in the preheated oven to bake for around 10 to 15 minutes or until golden.

 9. Remove from oven, brush the warm buns lightly with the syrup and decorate with a sprinkle of nibbed pearl sugar. Immediately cover with a damp clean cloth for a few minutes to prevent them from going dry.