Ana’s Cheese Empanadas – Random Recipes Meets AlphaBakes

April 25, 2014

One challenge I love taking part in is Random Recipes, where literally you get to choose a recipe at random and bake it. This is hosted by Dom at Belleau Kitchen each month. This month he has teamed up with Caroline over at Caroline Makes and Ros at The More Than Occasional Baker and joined Random Recipes with AlphaBakes. The idea of AlphaBakes is to create a recipe using a different letter of the alphabet each month which sounds fun as well. The challenge ended up being to cook a random recipe beginning with the letter A. First I went and pulled a random book off my bookshelf and I ended up with Leon, Baking and Puddings, Book 3.

Leon, baking and puddingsThis is a hefty book with a large selection of recipes and the one I chose at random was Ana’s Cheese Empanadas. These were created by the Ecuadorian cleaner at Leon who is called Ana. Cheese Empandas are small cheese filled pastries, the pastry was make using sparkling water and orange juice which was a bit unusual. The cheese is meant to stay inside the pastries when cooked, mine burst open. I probably should have used water to seal them more firmly. They did taste really nice however, I couldn’t stop eating them.

Cheese Empanadas

The original recipe uses Mozzarella cheese but I used cheddar as I had that in the fridge. It seemed to work well. These would actually make lovely nibbles for parties or summer barbecues with some cherry tomatoes on the plate alongside them.

Ana's Cheese Empanadas

From Leon, baking and puddings


  • 400 g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 115 g butter
  • 50 ml orange juice
  • 80 ml sparkling water
  • 250 g cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1½-2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 egg


  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  • Add the water, orange juice and butter and knead into a dough.
  • Place the dough in the fridge, wrapped in cling film, to rest for thirty minutes.
  • Grate the cheese into a bowl.
  • Finely chop or grate the onion and add it to the cheese along with the sugar. Mix well.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F Gas Mark 6 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  • Roll out the dough until it is a couple of millimetres thick.
  • Use a round cutter to cut out circles in the dough, add some cheese mixture to the centre and fold the circle in half and press together.
  • Brush each of the finished empanadas with beaten egg
  • Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden


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15 responses to “Ana’s Cheese Empanadas – Random Recipes Meets AlphaBakes”

  1. Jane Willis says:

    I’ve never heard of using orange juice in pastry! These look lovely

  2. Ooh I have that book too – and we have friends over for dinner on Sunday so I may have to give these a try 🙂

  3. Galina V says:

    I don’t have this book. Love the sound of orange juice in pastry. A lovely recipe!

  4. Dominic says:

    I can’t believe I didn’t see this post… lucky I went back to twitter just before I did my round up… this is an amazing post and how INCREDIBLE do those empanadas look… absolutely stunning, thanks so much for the entry… I need one of these now!

  5. Cheese empanadas? Yum! I am a big fan of the Leon books and love it that they include a recipe from the cleaner – though surely with a gem like this they’ve given her a job in the kitchen by now!

  6. Caroline says:

    These look very moreish, thanks for entering the Alphabakes random recipe challenge!

  7. Corina says:

    These look incredibly morish – I bet they didn’t last long!

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