Whole Wheat Empanada Dough - Masa Integral Para Empanadas

Whole Wheat Empanada Dough - Masa Integral Para Empanadas Marian Blazes
Prep: 70 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
254 Calories
19g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 254
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 366mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 3g
Calcium 66mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whole grains take longer to digest than processed white flour. They have a lower glycemic index, which basically means they help stave off hunger longer.

Even if you are not interested in such finer points of nutrition, this whole wheat dough for empanadas has a delicious nutty/sweet flavor. And it does not skimp on the butter, so the dough is very flaky and rich, and easy to shape into attractive empanadas. Use it in place of traditional empanada dough in any empanada recipe. It also works well for pasteles and tarts.


  • 1 cup flour (whole wheat)
  • 1 cup  flour (cake flour, or regular all purpose)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2/3 cups butter (cold)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4-1/3 cup buttermilk

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the whole wheat flour, cake flour (or all-purpose flour), sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk well.

  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to flour. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to cut the cold butter into the flour, until the butter pieces are the size of small peas.

  3. Use a fork to quickly whisk in the sour cream and 1/4 cup buttermilk until you have a ragged dough. Add a bit more buttermilk if the dough is not coming together. Turn dough out on a counter and knead a few times, folding it over itself, until it's just mixed. (add more flour if it is too sticky).

  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and press it into a flat disk. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour before rolling it out. Dough can be kept chilled for up to 2 days, or frozen for 1-2 months. Makes enough dough for 8 medium-large empanadas.