Strawberry Cheesecake Empanadas with Nutella Drizzle

Strawberry Cheesecake Empanadas with Nutella Drizzle! bethcakes.com
After a little week-long vacation, I’m back this week with a recipe that’s sort of a copy cat of something I ate last week at Food Blog Forum! I’ve been meaning to write a recap of my Asheville adventures, but my laptop has been in and out of the shop over the last two weeks and it’s just really weird trying to blog on an unfamiliar computer that doesn’t have any of my files and photos on it. πŸ™

So I’ve got sort of a mini recap today, and hopefully I can share the rest with you later this week.

Strawberry Cheesecake Empanadas with Nutella Drizzle! bethcakes.com

On the second day of Food Blog Forum in Asheville, we spent the first half of the day at Highland Brewing. Thirteen vendors were set up around the room and we basically just got to walk around and taste delicious things. I ate some ice cream with bourbon in it, we tasted about a million different types of honey, some mimosa biscuits stuffed with fried chicken, and blackberry bacon (omg).

One of the stations, Cantina BiltmoreΒ (check them out if you live in the area!), had three different empanadas. Beef, vegetarian, and dessert. The guy explained that the dessert one was a strawberry cheesecake empanada covered in strawberry sauce and Nutella. So obvi, I went with that one and now here we are.

Strawberry Cheesecake Empanadas with Nutella Drizzle! bethcakes.com
The strawberry cheesecake empanada I ate in Asheville was pretty good, I just wanted there to be a little more strawberry flavor in the filling. And there could have been more Nutella, but I feel that way about most things. There could always be more Nutella.

We ate a ton of amazing things at FBF, and I have a few sweets in mind that I’d love to re-create. Empanadas are clearly up first, so definitely stay tuned for more! There may be some banana bread and Mississippi mud cake in the near future.

Strawberry Cheesecake Empanadas with Nutella Drizzle! bethcakes.com
Empanadas are seriously easy to make. Typically, they’re little meat pies, which probably involves a few more steps than the ones we’ve got here today.

If you’ve got a trusty pie crust recipe, you can definitely use that. I had a box of store-bought pie crusts in the fridge already so I went with those.

Strawberry Cheesecake Empanadas with Nutella Drizzle! bethcakes.com
The main thing I wanted to change about these empanadas was the flavor in the filling. I decided the best way to do that was to make a syrup out of fresh strawberries, and then add some of that to the cream cheese.

It worked like a charm! I had to taste one right out of the oven (plus the first round exploded a little bit, so I figured they wouldn’t be in photos anyway), and I was really happy with how they turned out. Aside from the whole explosion thing.

Definitely more strawberry flavor! The strawberry sauce and Nutella on top really complete these little pies, though. They are completely necessary and you are not allowed to leave them out. πŸ™‚

Strawberry Cheesecake Empanadas with Nutella Drizzle! bethcakes.com
So if you’re even in need of a sweet empanada recipe, or you just really want to make some fun hand pies, please give these a try! Like I said, they are ridiculously easy to make and are perfect right out of the oven.

Strawberry Cheesecake Empanadas with Nutella Drizzle

Yield: About 12 empanadas

Strawberry Cheesecake Empanadas with Nutella Drizzle

ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 package of refrigerated pie crusts (two rolls)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

instructions

  1. Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender. Then combine the strawberries and sugar with one cup of water in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low-boil, stirring frequently. Cook for 10 minutes until the syrup has thickened. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  2. Combine Nutella and cream in a double-boiler, or a glass/metal bowl over a pot with 2 inches of simmering water. Whisk constantly until melted and combined. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  3. Next, unroll the pie dough and let it thaw.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand-held mixer on medium high speed until smooth and creamy. Add 1/3 cup of the strawberry syrup and mix well.
  5. Cut 4 inch circles out of the pie dough. You should get about 8 circles. Gather the scraps, roll them back out, and cut out 4 more circles.
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Add about 1 1/2 cup of the strawberry cheesecake filling to the center of each circle of dough. Fold the dough over and press the edges together with a fork. Carefully place the empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Brush the tops and edges of the empanadas with the beaten egg, then bake for 12 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes, then drizzle with the remaining strawberry syrup and the Nutella. (Best served warm and the same day they're made.)
  8. Enjoy!

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