Cherry Empanadas

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The empanada Is simply known as a turnover. According to Wikipedia, the name comes from the Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. The empanada is a pastry that can be fried or baked. They are usually filled with meats, fruits, cheese, or vegetables.  Although they originated in Latin Europe close to 1520, they are now popular in Latin America and parts of the United States. The other day, I baked a batch of cherry empanadas for my Spanish class fiesta. Everyone in my class thought they were delicioso!

Ingredients:
1 can cherry pie filling or topping
1 package refrigerated pie crust
1 medium egg beaten (egg wash)
1/2 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the pie crust on a floured surface. Cut 3 1/4 diameter circles using a cookie cutter. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle.  Brush the edges of the circle with the egg and fold closed. Pinch the edges with a fork. Take a knife and cut a hole in the top of each to vent. Brush each empanada with the egg wash. Sprinkle each empanada with sugar (optional).

Bake 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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