Sift the flour with
In a large bowl,
mix in the sifted flour, margarine, cachaca and egg.
Mix well while
adding the warm water until you get a dough. (Or you can prepare the dough in a
Move the dough to a
flat surface and knead it for 15 minutes.
Use a pin to flat
the dough. Take half of the dough each time and flatten it with the pin. Fold
the dough couple times and flatten it again until you get a thin elastic stripe
about 6 inches wide.
Lay the stripes
down in a floured surface.
teaspoons of your favorite filling evenly distributed on the dough.
Fold it and cut
with a glass or a cookie cutter. Pinch with your finger (or fork) the seam to
make sure it is closed.
Deep-fry the Pastel
at 350 °F for about 8 minutes or until golden brown.
Pat dry in a paper
towel and serve.
You can fill your
Pastel with whatever you like.
In Brazil the most
common fillings are:
Heart of palms
Cheese (you can
just place a piece of cheese and fold the dough)
Bananas (Yes! I
love this one. Just place a slice of banana with some sugar and cinnamon and
fold the dough)
imagination and create your own fillings.