The Student: Chef Jennifer MagoonThe School: Miami Culinary Institute (Miami Dade College)The Dish: Apple Empanadas

Ingredients for empanada dough:

4 oz. of butter1/2 cup of vegetable oil1 cup of white wine2 Tbs of champagne vinegar1 1/2 Tbs of sugar1 1/2 Tbs of salt1 egg5 cups of all purpose flour

Method of Preparation:

-First, mix cold butter in an electric mixer. Then, slowly pour in vegetable oil.

-Next, combine white wine with champagne vinegar, sugar and salt. Pour this into the mixer.

-After, add egg and all purpose flour. The dough will be ready once it all comes together around the paddle.

-Press the dough together, cut it in half and form it into a flat disc. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for at least four hours.

Ingredients for apple filing:

4 Granny Smith apples, chopped smalljuice of 1/2 a lemonpulp of 1 vanilla bean1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg1/2 oz. of butter1/2 cup of brown sugar1 Tbs of brandy

Method of Preparation:

-In a bowl, add chopped apples, lemon juice, vanilla bean pulp, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix it all together.

-Then, in a hot pan melt a little butter and toss in the apple mix.

-Next, sprinkle in brown sugar and once it caramelizes lower the heat.

-Finish with a shot of brandy.

-Cool the apple filling in the fridge.

Ingredients for apple filing:

egg washvegetable oil, to deep frycinnamon sugar, for garnish

Method of Preparation for Apple Empanadas:

-Start by rolling out the dough over some flour.

-Then, cut the dough in small circles. You can also purchase empanada dough already made and cut.

-Next, brush some egg wash over the dough and add a small scoop of the apple filing in the center.

-Bring the edges of the dough together and press them down using a fork.

-Deep fry the empanadas in hot oil.

To plate:

Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the empanadas. You can also serve with vanilla ice cream.

Makes: about 12 apple empanadas

Miami Culinary InstituteMiami Dada College (Wolfson Campus)415 NE 2nd Avenue #9104Miami, FL 33132305-237-3276

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