Wednesday June 19th 2019

Empanadas – Dessert Turnovers With Pumpkin or Pineapple Filling

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Recipe: Empanadas – Dessert Turnovers With Pumpkin or Pineapple Filling

Summary: These Empanadas can be made with Pumpkin or Pineapple Filling


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lard or shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Fat for deep-fat frying (optional)
  • Powdered sugar or granulated sugar
  • *Pumpkin Filling*
  • 16 oz Can Pumpkin Filling
  • 1 Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Rasins
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves


  1. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Cut in lard or shortening till mixture resembles cornmeal.
  3. Beat eggs with milk.
  4. Add to Flour mixture, stirring till combined (use hands if necessary).
  5. Form dough into a ball; cover and chill 1 hour.
  6. Divide dough into 16 portions.
  7. On lightly floured surface roll each part to a 6-inch circle.
  8. Place about 3 tablespoons Pumpkin Filling on each.
  9. Moisten edges with a little water; fold in half, pressing edges with a fork to seal.
  10. Fry or bake as directed below.
  11. Makes 16.
  12. To Fry:
  13. Fry empanadas, a few at a time, in deep hot fat (375°) for about 4 minutes or till golden, turning once.
  14. Drain on paper toweling.
  15. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  16. To bake:
  17. Place empanadas on baking sheet.
  18. Brush tops with a little milk; sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  19. Bake in 400° oven for about 15 minutes or till golden brown.
  20. Pumpkin Filling:
  21. Stir together one 16-ounce can pumpkin, 1 cup packed dark brown sugar, 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, l/2 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.
  22. Makes about 3 cups.

Quick notes

Makes 16 Empanadas.


For another filling:

Well-drained crushed pineapple makes a tasty tilling too.

You will need about 3 cups, measured after draining, to fill 16 empanadas

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: dessert

Culinary tradition: Mexican

Empanadas - Dessert Turnovers With Pumpkin or Pineapple Filling, 3.4 out of 5 based on 24 ratings
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