Trutas (Sweet Potato Pastry)

Trutas (Sweet Potato Pastry)

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen

Very popular around Christmas, this pastry is very similar to another pastry called Azeveias. Read the recipe through to make sure you have all the ingredients. Though it is a little bit of work, it is worth the while. You can substitute pumpkin or sweet squash as an alternative. An orange-infused honey glaze is a variation of the finish.

4- medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed, unpeeled, left whole

  • In a medium pot, cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Cook until tender, about 25 minutes, and drain. When cool enough to handle, peel and puree the potatoes. Set the puree in a mesh strainer set over a bowl. Cover and chill overnight to allow excess water to drain.

Next day, make the filling:

  • 3-  firmly packed cups, well-drained sweet potato puree
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Grated peel of 1 orange
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 egg yolks

Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended.

 

Make the dough:

  • 4  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2  cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup lard or Crisco, melted
  • Generous 2 tablespoons of your favorite brandy
  • Egg wash
  • Corn oil for frying
  • 1 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Parchment paper
  • Sheet pan
  1.  Pile the flour into a large bowl.  Make a well in the center.  While stirring pour in the melted butter, Crisco and brandy.  Pulling in the flour as you mix, add the orange juice in small increments, until a medium dough is formed.  Dump the dough on your workspace and knead until smooth, about 4 minutes.
  2. Working in small batches, roll out the dough to about 1/16 thin  Using a 3-inch diameter biscuit cutter, cut the dough into circles.
  3. Place a spoonful of filling in the middle. Brush the edges with egg wash. Fold the dough in half, covering the filling and pinch the edges to seal. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan, giving a slight bend to the pastry.
  4. Repeat with remaining dough. Heat the corn oil to 350°F.  Fry the pastries until golden.
  5. Coat with the cinnamon sugar.  You can also make a honey glaze to drizzle over by heating 1 cup of honey over low heat with the peel of 1 orange for about 20 minutes. Remove the peel and drizzle over the trutas.

 

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