• Prep Time
    15 Mins
  • Cook Time
    0 Mins
  • Total Time
    15 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 6
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    Pastel

    Pastel is a popular finger food found across Brazil, from upscale beachside botecas to fry daddies mounted in makeshift VW Kombi kitchens. This recipe for the dough can be made days in advance and then refrigerated. The fillings vary greatly but three traditional options are mozzarella cheese, seasoned shredded chicken or ground beef browned with chopped garlic and onion. You don't even need a deep fryer, a handy skillet will do the trick. 


    Ingredients
    1
    pound
    all-purpose flour
    1
    large egg yolk
    1
    tablespoon
    margarine
    1
    tablespoon
    baking powder
    2
    cups
    milk
    1
    teaspoon
    fine salt
    *
    Your favorite fillings
    *
    vegetable oil, for frying
    Directions
    In a large bowl, combine the flour, egg yolk, margarine and baking powder. Slightly warm the milk and mix with 2 tablespoons of water and the salt. Add to the flour mixture, stir to combine and then knead well.
    If necessary, adjust the consistency of the dough by adding a little more flour (to a very soft dough) or milk (to a very stiff dough). Work the dough until soft but not sticky. Allow the dough to rest for about 15 minutes.
    On a floured surface, roll the dough to 1/8-inch thick using a rolling pin and cut into approximately 4-inch squares.
    Stuff the dough with filling to suit your taste. Use your fingertip to run a droplet of water around the edge of the dough and then press together using the prongs of a fork to create a crimped seal.
    Heat a pot of oil over medium-high heat to about 350 F. Add the sealed pastels and fry until golden brown.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 6
    OK

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