1 large, ripe banana, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 cup Nutella hazelnut spread
2 refrigerated 9-inch pie crusts or favorite from-scratch pie dough (enough for 2 pie crusts, 9-inches each)
2 tablespoons water (for brushing)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Cinnamon ice cream or whipped cream, for serving, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
In small bowl, mix banana and hazelnut spread until combined. (It will thicken and become stiff.) Set aside.
Divide dough in half. Roll out each half to a 14 x 8-inch rectangle, 1/4-inch thick. Using square or round 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out 8 pieces per half. Place 1 heaping teaspoon Nutella-banana mixture on each dough cutout. Brush outer perimeter with water and fold dough to make a closed pocket. Pinch edges together with fork. Brush with water and sprinkle with sugar. Freeze on parchment paper or foil-lined baking sheets for at least 15 minutes. (The empanadas can be made up to this point and frozen for 3 months.) Bake empanadas at 350 degrees F (180 C) until golden, about 20 minutes. Serve warm with cinnamon ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.
Makes 16 servings, 2 empanadas per serving.
Source: Nutella Hazelnut Spread
Date: April 14, 2005