Pastel in Spanish means “pie” and pastelitos means “little pies”. They are typically a Cuban dessert, but are also popular in the New Mexico culture, which is where I’m originally from. This is one of my great grandmother’s recipes and while they are delicious, no one can quite make them like she did. I’m convinced that grandmothers have secret ingredients to make their recipes taste that much better. Maybe it’s just the love that goes into the cooking. Try this recipe with different fruits, apricot and apple are my favorites.
- 1 lb of cooked mixed fruit (dried fruit is the best)
- ½ cup of sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- 1 ½ cup flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ cup water
- ½ tsp. cinnamon mixed with 2 tbsp sugar for top
- Grind cooked fruit
- Add sugar and spices
- Sift Flour and baking powder together
- Cut in shortening, add water, knead by hand
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Roll out half of the dough, 1/16 inch thick.
- Shape dough to approximate size of 9x13 inch pan.
- Place dough in the lightly greased pan. Trim extra dough.
- Spread filling over dough
- Roll out remaining dough and place over filling. Press edges together.
- Sprinkle top with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Puncture top with fork in several places.
- Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 35 min.
- Cut into squares.
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