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Old 04-25-2009, 07:35 AM   #1
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Fried Pastry Doughs questions

Bear with me, this is probably elementary to many.

Most fruit turnovers call for 1 cup plus of Crisco to 3 cups of flour. Most Indian Samosas call for 1/2 cup or less of oil or Crisco to 3 cups flour. Most South American empanadas call for just corn flour (masa harina), a little salt and water with a little sugar in it, no oil or Crisco at all.

I'm sure there is a good reason for all this. Can anyone explain it to me, simply please?

Retired, cooking as a hobby, trying to recreate goodies from my youth and from years of working overseas.

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Old 04-25-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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Simply - it's a matter of texture and taste. Think about the difference in the texture of the pastry in the three examples you gave.

Hope this helps.
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