Lightly sweet and filled with pumpkin filling made from pumpkin puree, dark brown sugar, butter cinnamon and vanilla wrapped in a sweet dough. Pumpkin empanadas always the most requested baked treat during Fall.
This recipe was created as part of my partnership with Imperial Sugar. You can find the recipe here.
Tis’ the season for all things pumpkin, bring on the pumpkin empanadas! I grew up eating, assembling and baking pumpkin empanadas with my Abuelita and Mami. We baked hundreds during the months of October through December. Served as desserts, given to friends and family or as holiday gifts in Christmas tins pumpkin empanadas are part of my childhood.
The name empanada derives from the Spanish word empanar which means “to wrap or coat or bread.” These Pumpkin Empanadas are a delicious treat for any pumpkin lover.
The filling is a sweet and spiced pumpkin filling made pumpkin puree, dark brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and vanilla extract which quickly comes together and can be made in advanced. Store in the fridge covered until ready to assemble empanadas.
I use my food processor to make assemble the empanada dough. I first tried using the food processor to make pie dough after seeing Martha Stewart whip it up in no time. I found using the pulse option to incorporate butter into dough is easier, faster than using a pastry cutter and prevents me from over working the dough.
To a food processor you will add Flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. PA few pulses and then incorporate the warm milk, the dough is light, fluffy and ready to be chilled.
Once dough chills you are ready to assemble your pumpkin empanadas. Use a drinking glass to create your disks and fill with your chilled filling. Brush and bake until golden brown. My pumpkin empanadas are the ultimate fall treat. I suggest making a double batch to share with friends and family.
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