Vegan Kaniwa Salad with White Asparagus

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

Kaniwa pairs perfectly with white asparagus and pomegranate seeds for this deliciously nutty and light salad that is great for spring and summer! Kaniwa does not need to be rinsed before cooking because kaniwa is free from saponins, the soapy-flavoured chemicals in quinoa.

  • 150 g Kaniwa
  • 750 g White asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3 pieces
  • 100 g Lamb’s lettuce (aka mâche or corn salad)
  • 1 Pomegranate, deseeded
  • 30 ml White balsamic vinegar
  • 60 ml Olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously until emulsified, about 10 seconds. Refrigerate while you prepare the salad.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with 300 ml water and add in kaniwa. Bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed and kaniwa is al dente.
  3. Trim the woody ends off and gently peel the outer skin of the asparagus stalks off with a vegetable peeler. Cut into 3 pieces. Bring a large skillet of water to a gentle boil. Add some salt. Blanch the white asparagus until tender but still crisp, about 5-8 minutes. Plunge into a bowl of iced water to stop them cooking. Remove and drain well.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together the kaniwa, white asparagus and pomegranate seeds with the prepared vinaigrette until coated. Divide the lamb's lettuce into 2 serving plates. Spoon the white asparagus salad over and serve. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Plum Einkorn Streusel Muffins

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | © 2017 |

A mildly sweet streusel topping with hazelnut meal adds a sweet crunch and extra flavour to this plum muffin. It is quick and easy to toss together and a winner for an afternoon coffee or tea break. If you like, dress up these muffins with a drizzle of a sweet glaze, like basic powdered sugar icing or white chocolate glaze for extra richness and sweetness.

StreuselMuffin Batter
  • 80 g Einkorn flour
  • 40 g Hazelnut meal
  • 15 g Coconut sugar
  • 50 g Butter, chilled and cubed
  • 170 g Butter, softened
  • 50 g Coconut sugar
  • 2 Eggs, medium
  • 1 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 250 g Einkorn flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 250 ml Kefir
  • 350 g Plums, stoned and diced
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan or ramekins with paper liners.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the streusel in a bowl. Using fingertips, rub together until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Set aside while you make the muffin batter.
  3. Cream the softened butter and coconut sugar in a bowl. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla powder. Whisk together the einkorn flour and baking soda. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and fold until just incorporated, then add in kefir and finally the rest of the flour mixture. Fold until well combined. It is very important not to overmix the batter or muffins won't be tender and soft.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups and top with a few pieces of diced plums. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the plums. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 5 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool slightly. | © 2017 | | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Asparagus Ribbon Salad with Apricots and Black Cumin Seeds

Thursday, June 08, 2017 | © 2017 |

This is an incredibly easy and tasty way to prepare one of my favorite spring vegetables — asparagus! You can pair this delicate ribboned asparagus apricot salad with some homemade bread for a light and delicious lunch.Feel free to substitute white asparagus for green one.

  • 400 g White asparagus, trimmed
  • 100 g Green asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 Carrot, peeled
  • 3 Fresh apricots, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 tsp Black cumin seeds
  • Pistachios, optional
  • 3 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Maple syrup
  • 1 Shallot, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus. Using a vegetable peeler to slice the asparagus and carrot lengthways into thin ribbons. Place all the ribbons in a large serving bowl.
  2. Place the dressing ingredients in a blender and blitz until creamy. Dress and toss the salad ribbons and apricot wedges so it's evenly coated.
  3. Divide the salad into two salad plates or bowls. Sprinkle the black cumin seeds and pistachios, if using, over the salad. Serve immediately. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Braided Beetroot Loaf

Thursday, June 01, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

Soft, tender and delicate, enriched with both egg and butter, this braided beetroot bread topped with black sesame seeds is so easy and fun to make and perfect for breakfast or brunch. It's fantastic to enjoy with soup, salad, fruit spread or simple with butter.

  • 500 g Spelt bread flour
  • 220 ml Beet juice, lukewarm
  • 1 Egg, room-temperature
  • 8 g Salt
  • 15 g Fresh yeast, crumbled
  • 30 g Coconut sugar
  • 100 g Unsalted butter, room-temperature
  • 1 Small egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp Black sesame seeds for topping
  1. Place everything except the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Stir on low speed until everything comes together. Now turn up the speed, and cut in butter and knead until you have a soft, elastic dough, about 10 minutes.
  2. Form dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a lightly oiled piece of plastic wrap, then stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface. Divide into 6 pieces and roll each into a strand
    , about 40cm long.
  4. Place 3 strands side-by-side on the baking sheet, with a small space between each. Form into a plait, tucking the ends under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover again, and stand for a further 1 hour or until almost doubled.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Brush the loaves with egg and sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, then serve with butter, if desired. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Spring Salad with Flaxseed Oil Vinaigrette

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | © 2017 |

Now that spring is in full swing and one of my favourite ways to enjoy all the spring produce is in fresh salads. This is a very simple yet delicious vegan springtime salad with tender lollo bionda, chickpeas, white asparagus tips, pine nuts and fresh berries tossed in a flaxseed oil dressing.

SaladFlaxseed Oil Dressing
  • 1/2 head Lollo bionda / leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 150 g Chickpeas, cooked and drained
  • 10 Strawberries, trimmed and halved
  • 50 g Blueberries
  • 50 g Raspberries
  • 12 White asparagus tips
  • A handful pine nuts, dry toasted
  • Basil
  • 60 ml Flaxseed oil
  • Freshly pressed juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Tri-colour peppercorns, freshly milled
  • Sea salt
  1. Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a glass jar, close the lid and shake vigorously to mix well. Either use immediately or store it in the fridge until ready to use. Keeps for up to 1 week. Shake well before using.
  2. Place chopped lollo bionda leaves in two serving bowls. Add in cooked chickpeas and berries. Arrange the white asparagus tips on top and sprinkle the toasted pine nuts over. Garnish with basil leaves.
  3. Drizzle enough of the dressing over and gently toss to combine. Serve! | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Ginger Roasted Asparagus with Salmon

Thursday, May 18, 2017 | © 2017 |

Make everything in one sheet pan, easy clean-up, ready in 15 minutes and perfect for a light, gluten-free dinner. Serve with some garlic rice or roasted potatoes if you are not carb-conscious.

  • 700 g Green asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1-inch Ginger root, peeled and sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2x150 g Salmon steak
  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Line a baking tray with foil or baking paper. Brush the fish with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss the trimmed asparagus with the rest of olive oil and ginger slices. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place salmon and asparagus on the prepared baking tray and roast in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the the salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork and the asparagus is tender. Divide asparagus and fish between two serving plates. Garnish, if desired, with fresh herbs and preserved green peppercorns and serve immediately! | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Walnut Date Loaf#refined sugar free

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

Sweet dates and crunchy walnuts make this einkorn quick bread deliciously different. It's easy to make and great for breakfast or as a healthy snack. To make your own date paste, simply soak 200 grams of pitted dates in water or tea overnight, drain and process until completely smooth.

Dry IngredientsWet Ingredients
  • 200 g Einkorn berries, ground into flour
  • 50 g Walnuts, ground into flour
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger powder
  • Large pinch of sea salt
  • 50 g Walnut halves for topping
  • 3 Medium eggs, at room-temperature
  • 250 g Date paste
  • 60 g Kefir
  • 60 g Flaxseed oil
  • 20 g Roasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F. Grease a standard-size loaf pan and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine einkorn flour, walnut flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  3. In another large bowl, combine the eggs, date paste, kefir, flaxseed oil, sesame oil, and maple syrup. Whisk vigorously until well combined, then add in the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until completely incorporated.
  4. Spread the batter to the prepared loaf pan and top with walnut halves. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes until the top is nicely golden brown and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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White Asparagus Salad with Radish Vinaigrette

Thursday, May 04, 2017 | © 2017 |

This white asparagus salad is made with cherry radishes, hard-boiled egg, and fresh herbs--a typical German spring recipe that's ready in no time. Try it served with some garlic bread or croutons. Omit the eggs if you want to make it vegan. White asparagus can be difficult to locate if you are not in Europe, simply use green variety.

White Asparagus Salad with Radish Vinaigrette

adapted from Küchengötter
  • 2 Hard boiled eggs, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 750 g White asparagus, trimmed and cut each into 3 pcs
  • Sea salt
  • 10 Cherry radishes
  • 2 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Walnut oil
  • 2 tbso Olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A handful of fresh herbs (chervil, parsley or chive), finely chopped
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. Add the the asparagus pieces and blanch for 5-8 minutes until tender yet firm. Refresh under cold water. Drain.
  2. Wash, clean and thinly slice the cherry radishes. Place white balsamic, chicken broth, walnut oil and olive oil in a jar. Season with salt and pepper. Shake well. Add to the radish slices and set aside to allow the flavours to meld for 15 minutes.
  3. Now gently toss the drained white asparagus with vinaigrette and arrange them into two shallow bowls. Top with chopped eggs and fresh herbs. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Dulce de Leche Tart

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | © 2017 |

This tart has a buttery no bake oatmeal cookie crust filled with a rich creamy dulce de leche mixed with coconut cream and topped off with some sea salt. The tart is surprisingly easy to make, esp. if you use the storebought milk caramel, and the diamond salt and dulce de leche really compliment each other.

  • 150 g Oatmeal cookies, broken
  • 50 g butter, melted
  • 1/3 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 1/3 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 300 g Dulce de leche, homemade or ready made
  • 2 tbsp Coconut cream
  • Diamond sea salt, to serve
  1. Place cookies, butter, vanilla and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor. Process to combine. Divide the mixture into two 12cm loose-bottomed fluted tart pans. Press over bases and sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine dulce de leche and coconut cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stirring once, until caramel is smooth and coconut cream is completely incorporated. If you prefer a firmer caramel filling, then use less cream or no cream at all.
  3. Pour dulce de leche into the crust and spread evenly. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt flakes and serve. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Harissa Asparagus Salad with Baby Beetroot and Strawberry

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | © 2017 |

Roasting asparagus brings out these spring vegetable's inherent sweetness with a hint of heat from harissa spice mix. As well as adding bright, vibrant colour to your meals, this delicious salad is vegan and gluten-free too.

  • 500 g Green asparagus, trimmed, washed and dried
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Harissa spice mix
  • 1/3 tsp Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp Raspberry vinegar
  • 60 g Arugula
  • 5-6 Baby beetroots, trimmed
  • 250 g Strawberries
  • A handful of green peas, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 200C//400F. Wash beetroots and pat dry. Place in a baking dish. Cover tightly with foil. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes or until skin peels away from beetroot when rubbed. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Peel and halve each beetroot, quartering any larger ones.
  2. Spread green asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil until spears are completely coated. Sprinkle with harissa spice mix and sea salt. Roast for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Place the raspberry vinegar and the rest of olive oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  4. Place arugla on a platter. Top with baby beetroots, green asparagus, strawberries and green peas if using. Drizzle with dressing. Enjoy! | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Cold Oven Yeast Einkorn Pepita Bread

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

Vegan, 100% wholegrain, no waiting because no kneading or proofing needed and you don't even have to preheat the oven, plus with only 6 ingredients! If you don't have einkorn, then use spelt instead. Goes great with nutella, jam or peanut butter for a hearty and delicious breakfast.

Cold Oven Yeast Einkorn Pepita Bread

adapted from here
  • 250 ml Lukewarm water
  • 21 g Fresh yeast
  • 250 g Wholegrain einkorn flour
  • 1/2 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 80 g Pepita, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp Sea salt
  1. Place lukewarm water in a mixing bowl. Crumble the fresh yeast into the water and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add in einkorn flour, coconut sugar, chopped pepita, and sea salt. Use a handheld mixer attached with dough hooks to mix the ingredients until well combined and smooth.
  3. Turn the dough into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and place in the middle of a cold oven. Fill a baking pan with water and place at the bottom of the oven.
  4. Now turn on the oven at 180C/350F and bake for about 50 minutes until the bread looks nicely golden brown. Turn onto a wire rack to cool. | © 2017 | | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Lemon Poppy Spelt Cookies

Thursday, April 06, 2017 | © 2017 |

Easy and delicious! These lemon poppyseed cookies are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, tangy from lemon and sweet from white chocolate glaze. If you love lemon, these are the cookies for you.

  • 100 g Butter, softened
  • 100 g Raw sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 230 g Spelt flour #630
  • 2/3 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tbsp Ground poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp Finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 150 g White chocolate couverture, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and raw sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in egg until combined.
  2. Whisk together the spelt flour and baking soda. Add in ground poppy seeds, finely grated lemon rind and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add the flour mixture into the creamed butter. Stir to combine. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place balls, inch apart, on the prepared trays. Use the bottom of a clean drinking glass to gently flatten each cookie ball to 1cm thick.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven, swapping trays halfway, for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Cool on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Place the chopped white chocolate in a heavy saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly till the chocolate begins to melt. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir the chocolate until it is smooth. Dip half of each cookie into melted white chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. If desired, sprinkle some lemon zest over. Place cookies on parchment paper until chocolate is set. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Aroniaberry Spelt Bread Rolls

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

This bread recipe calls for aroniaberry powder, which is optional, but adds a lovely colour and a delicious berry flavour to those spelt rolls. Aroniaberries are known for having the highest concentration of antioxidants and flavonoids, but feel free to leave out if you don't have them.

  • 220 ml Buttermilk, lukewarm
  • 15 g Olive oil
  • 200g Spelt bread flour
  • 100 g Whole spelt flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 10 g Aroniaberry powder
  • 1 tsp Coconut sugar
  • 13 g Fresh yeast, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp Rolled oats for topping
  1. Measure all the ingredients for the dough and place, in the order listed, into your bread pan. Select the dough setting. Start the machine.
  2. Once dough setting is complete, remove dough from bread machine and place on a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 6 portions. Shape each into a ball and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside for an hour until doubled in size.
  3. Pour a cup of water into the roasting tray at the bottom of the oven and preheat it to 210C/420F. Brush the dough top with water and sprinkle with rolled oats. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Sauerkraut Einkorn Chocolate Cake

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

Tender, moist chocolate cake made with wholegrain einkorn flour, wine fermented sauerkraut with a milk chocolate glaze and red peppercorns. Do rinse the sauerkraut in cold water to tame the salty and overly sour flavour. And finely chopping it up before adding to the batter so that they won't clump together in a tangle. You can serve the cake unglazed or simply dusted with icing sugar.

Sauerkraut Einkorn Chocolate Cake

inspired by Eat Smarter
BatterGlaze, optional
  • 250 g Einkorn flour
  • 120 g Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 15 g Baking powder
  • Pinch of salt 125 g Butter, softened
  • 150 g Erythritol sweetener
  • 20 g Coconut sugar
  • 3 Large eggs, room-temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 300 ml Aroy-D coconut milk 17% fat
  • 200 g Wine fermented sauerkraut, rinsed, drained and finely chopped
  • 250 g Milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp Red peppercorns
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F. Line a 24cmx12cm loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the einkorn flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, erythritol sweetener and coconut sugar with a hand-held mixer until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla powder. Beat well.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add in about half of the flour mixture. Beat until just incorporated, then beat in coconut milk and the remaining flour mixture. Beat well until you have a smooth and thick batter. Now fold in the finely chopped wine fermented sauerkraut.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake in the middle of preheated oven for an hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  5. Place the chopped milk chocolate and coconut oil in a heavy saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly till the chocolate begins to melt. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir the chocolate until it is smooth. Spread the smooth chocolate over cake. Top with red peppercorns. Allow the chocolate to set. Slice and serve. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Baked Beef Empanadas

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

These empanadas have a hearty beef and lentil filling encased in crisp pastry crust flavoured with smoked paprika that I have adapted from Savoring Time in the Kitchen. Thanks, Susan!
Empanadas are popular throughout South America and traditionally these little meat pies are fried, but I prefer to make them slightly healthy by baking them. Serve these as appetizers at parties or as a simple lunch or dinner.

Minced Beef FillingPastry Dough
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 350 g Minced beef
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 150 g Puree tomato
  • 150 g Cooked lentil leftover
  • 2 tbsp Sultanas
  • A handful of green olives, pitted and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 260 g Spelt bread flour
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 110 g Butter
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • 80 ml Ice water
  1. For the filling: Heat butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens. Increase heat to high. Add minced beef and cook, stirring to break up any lumps, for 3 minutes or until browned. Stir in the paprika, cumin and chilli. Cook until aromatic. Add tomato puree, lentils and sultanas. Simmer until sauce thickens, about 6 minutes. Stir in chopped olives and season to taste. Cool completely.
  2. For the empanada dough: Combine the spelt flour, smoked paprika, and sea salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter and rub until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. In a separate bowl, whisk the beaten egg, (reserving 1 tablespoon for brushing) and ice water together. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture to bring it together, then wrap in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Line a large oven sheet with baking paper.
  4. On a floured table top, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Then, cut fourteen 8cm rounds, using a pastry ring mould. Drop 1 tablespoon of beef mixture in the center of each round. Fold in half to enclose the filling, pinching the edges to seal. Crimp the edges using your fingers or the tines of a fork.
  5. Place empanadas on the prepared tray. Brush with the reserved egg and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and crisp. Serve warm. | © 2017 | | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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