Cheese Pastries (Empanada de queso)

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Another wonderful appetizer from Latin American Cooking - Delisious!! Almost addictive. (1 hour chill time not in cook time)

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  • add   1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • add   3 egg yolks
  • add   1/2 cup butter
  • add   2 egg whites
  • add   1/2 teaspoon salt
  • add   1/3 cup milk
  • add   1 1/2 cups flour
  • add   1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • add   1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • add   1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour with the salt, sugar and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. Add the butter and cut into the flour with a pastry blender or 2 knives.
  3. Beat the egg yolks lightly and combine with the milk.
  4. Stir into the flour to form a soft dough.
  5. Wrap in waxed paper and chill for 1 hour.
  6. Beat the egg whites and fold in the grated cheese and chili powder.
  7. Roll out the dough as thinly as possible on a floured board.
  8. Cut the dough into 48 circles with a glass.
  9. Place 1/3 tablespoon of the cheese mixture on half of the circles and cover with the remaining circles.
  10. Moisten the edges with a little water and press together.
  11. Arrange the pastries on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375f degree oven for 15 minutes.