Saturday, January 12, 2008

Mom's Pastries...

First of all, if you read my previous post, then you've already met "Pilgrim" - but he's creeping out my boys - ha! I put him in the corner of my dining room for now, until I get him packed away...and well they won't walk in there! They peek around the corner to look at him, then run away - ha!

I spent my Saturday with Mom, she's been wanting to bake her famous pastries. Oh they are just very delicate and wonderful! So, we got everything we needed and rolled up our sleeves. They are so simple to make, and very tasty! The cream cheese gives the dough a wonderful taste. They just melt in your mouth. They are called "Empanadas" - it's a pastry with apricot filling, but you can use any other fruit filling you'd like. People from countries like Argentina and Colombia also make their version of "Empanadas", but their version is not a sweet pastry, it's filled with meat and it's savory.

Recipe for the dough:
4 sticks of butter
1 8oz cream cheese
4 cups flour

Filling = 2 cans of Solo (or any other brand) apricot filling

Topping = 1 cup sugar mixed with two sticks of cinnamon that you can grind in the mixer.

Cream together butter and cream cheese, blend in flour one cup at a time, until dough is well blended. Cover the dough in a bowl for 30 minutes to rest. Take a ball of dough, and roll into 3 inch circles, fill with approx. 1 tsp. full of filling, fold over and pinch. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Mine were perfect at 15 minutes. The tops will still look white, but the bottoms will be lightly toasted. Sprinkle with sugar mixture while they are still warm from the oven. YUM!

Let dough rest for 30 minutes while covered with a cloth

Roll into a 3 inch circle approx. fill w/ 1 tsp. of filling

place on cookie sheet, you can put them close together, they don't spread

bake for 15 minutes, pull them out of the oven and sprinkle with sugar mixture while still hot

Angela from Cottage Magpie asked to see a picture of my foyer. Here it is Angela. This is prior to getting your beautiful pillows that now set on my bench with a throw. The wall color is Sherwin Williams - Whole Wheat

P.S. my girlfriend stopped in today, she says the pillows are much

bigger than they appear in my post.


  1. Those look yummy, I would like one right about now!

  2. They look and sound delicious. I wonder how the empanadas would taste with strawberry preserve (Hint-ha, ha). Rachel said, "Yum" when she saw them (she's reading your blog, too). I'm glad your mom is feeling well, and you're able to spend so much quality time with her. These are moments to treasure. Rachel would like for you to save her one of your tasty treats!

  3. Rose -

    I swear I could smell those baking! Isn't it special to be able to spend time with our mothers? Mine will be 85 in a few weeks and she's not been well so we are trying to appreciate every time we have together. At her age we never know!

    I laughed when I read that your pilgrim man creeps out your boys. My youngest granddaughter gets freaked out by a darling sleeping angel I gave her mommy, our daughter. It's funny what bothers them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for leaving your sweet comments. I'm glad you enjoyed my treasures. There are more to come!


  4. Hello Rose
    Your empanadas look delicious!!!
    I love empanadas ( to tell you the truth I don't make the " pasta"), I buy it and I just fill the empanadas with meat , that I cook...
    Empanadas are very common in my country...
    Your house is so beautiful Rose!!! I am in love with it!!!

    Kisses to you

  5. Hi Rose - thanks for a sweet treat to look at and dream about making. Those sound dee-lish.'

    Love your foyer. I have the same color in a couple of rooms. It's a great neutral color.

    Happy Sunday - Karen

  6. OH my goodness, those looks SO good! I am printing this RIGHT NOW! :-) And I love your foyer, it's so charming! And thanks for specifying your wall color--I think I've asked everyone on the web now for their color! It's turning into an obsession!
    ~Angela :-)