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.
This 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.
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.