Catholic Recipe: Empanaditas
One of the foods the Spanish Franciscans ate in the California missions. A wonderful food to serve in honor of St. Junipero Serra.
Empanaditas is one of the traditional foods eaten in the California Missions. So many of these foods are a combination from Mexican, Spanish and Native American cultures. The filling can be sweet or savory: pumpkin Relleno de Calabaza, beans Relleno de Frijoles or meat Relleno de Carne.
Combine the aniseed, sugar and water in a small pan, and bring to the boiling stage; cook for 3 minutes. Cool. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar; mix in the shortening, rubbing well together. Add the beaten egg and aniseed liquid. Knead well until the dough is soft but elastic. Divide the dough into 3 portions; roll out one at a time, and cut each portion into 4 inch circles.
Add filling and fold over as turnovers. Press the edges together with a fork, prick the top once or twice with the fork. Bake in a hot oven (400 degrees F.) until golden.Recipe Source: California Missions: A Complete Pictorial History and Visitor's Guide, The by Sunset Editors, Sunset Books, 1979