Ingredients for pastry:
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup shortening (vegetable)
4 cups iced water
Ingredients for filling
1 1/2 cup ripe plantain (peeled, cut in small cubes)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
Red food colouring (optional)
To Make Filling
Always pre-heat oven. Preheat oven at 400F
Combine plantain, sugar, and water in a saucepan and cook over low heat until plantain is cooked. Remove from heat and add vanilla, nutmeg, margarine or butter, and 1 tablespoon of red food colouring (optional) Stir and set aside to cool.
To Make Pastry
Combine flour, salt, and shortening and cut with pastry blender until flaky. Add ice water to bond together, Roll dough to form a ball shape, wrap in plastic wrapper and put in the cooler section of the fridge for three hours or possible over-night.
Roll out dough about 1/8 inch thick, on lightly floured board. Cut dough into 6 inch rounds. Spoon cooled filling in the centre of each 4 inch round, fold over and seal with crimper or the prongs of fork.
Place on a baking sheet, brush tops with small amount of milk and prick top with a fork. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes and reduced heat to 300F and bake for further 30 minutes or so.