- 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel), cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoon canola oil
- 4 tablespoon low-fat milk
- 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
- 1/3 cup pineapple or apricot preserves
- 2 tablespoon plain dry breadcrumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)
Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add cream cheese and oil and blend with your fingers until crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture with milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, and stir with a fork until the dough just comes together—the mixture will still be a little crumbly. Knead a few times in the bowl, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few more times until the dough comes together. Divide in half and shape into 2 discs. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
Combine pineapple and preserves in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes. Mash the pineapple into smaller chunks with a potato masher or fork. Remove from the heat; stir in breadcrumbs and cinnamon.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
On a well-floured surface, roll out one disc of dough at a time into a 1/8-inch-thick circle. Cut circles of dough using a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Repeat with the remaining dough, re-rolling scraps as necessary, to make 24 circles.
Place 1 teaspoon pineapple filling in the center of each circle. Fold in half, press edges together and crimp with a fork. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the empanaditas until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
- Serving: Per empanadita
- Calories: 64
- Carbohydrates: 12g
- Fat: 2g
- Protein: 1g
- Dietary Fiber: 1g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
- Cholesterol: 1mg
- Potassium: 14mg
- Sodium: 84mg
- Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (other), 1/2 fat
- Carbohydrate Servings: 1