F1 Bake Off – Round 18 – Cinnamon-Sugar Sweet Potato Pastries

These yummy little empanadas are the perfect treat to munch whilst watching this weekend’s race.

This recipe is quick, easy and tastes divine.

You’ll be pleased to know I didn’t mess up this week. I may not be the neatest when it comes to presentation, but wrapping pastry has never been my forte, however, it certainly didn’t detract from the taste.

The recipe I used came from ‘A Taste of Home‘ website:

Cinnamon-sugar sweet potato pastries


  • 100g mashed sweet potato
  • 60g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each ) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 115g butter, melted


  1. Cook and mash the sweet potato (unless you are using leftovers)
  2. Preheat oven to 190 C / 375 F / Gas Mark 5 / 170 C (Fan)
  3. In a small bowl, combine sweet potato, cream cheese, brown sugar and orange zest
  4. nroll crescent dough (if using) and separate into 4 rectangles; press perforations to seal
  5. Cut each rectangle into 4 triangles
  6. Repeat with remaining dough
  7. Place 1 teaspoon potato filling in center of each triangle
  8. Fold dough over filling and pinch seams to seal
  9. Place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets
  10. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
  11. Cool slightly
  12. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon
  13. Brush pastries with butter
  14. Coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Crescent dough substitution

Crescent dough in the UK is simply ready-made croissant pastry. I couldn’t find anything like this in my local supermarkets, and I tried 3. But I have checked online and it is available at every supermarket bar Sainsburys it would appear.

I substituted croissant pastry for puff pastry, and it worked just as well. Buy the ready-rolled stuff, it’s so much easier. Unroll it, then cut in half horizontally, then vertically. Then cut each half in half again vertically. You should have 8 rectangles. Then cut each rectangle in half on the diagonal. So you should now be left with 16 triangles.

Here’s my finished pastries:

And here’s how I made them:

Let me know what you think of this bake in the comments below.

And the F1 Bake Off will be back next week (hopefully at it’s normal time of Thursday) for the US Grand Prix.

Happy munching.

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