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Empanadas: Pumpkin Pie Style

Updated on October 22, 2015
5 stars from 4 ratings of Empanadas

True Story

I remember one afternoon at the end of my Sophomore year at the University of Nebraska, a Spanish Literature professor had asked our class if we wanted an end-of-the-semester party. Naturally, everyone said yes and students volunteered to bring some stuff along. I was one of those volunteers. I took this little she-bang up with my mom and we decided we would do empanadas. However, these wouldn't be the typical veggie or meat empanadas. These would be dessert empanadas filled with pumpkin. We both thought it would be unique and something fun. They were a hit. I had one plate out of three remain. I had a good time at that Spanish party. I miss having those days...Hope you guys enjoy this recipe!


(c) 2013 Jennifer

Cook Time

Prep time: 23 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 58 min
Yields: 6-10 approximately

Note

It's been a little while since I've done empanadas so I might be incorrect with a few things. Please feel free to correct me and throw in a few suggestions! Thanks guys!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cups Shortening
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1-2 cans pumpkin (pie)
  • egg

The How-To!

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In the meantime, we'll start off with our dry ingredients and mix them together. Then we will follow that up with our water and our egg, which will act as a binder for our dough.
  2. Once we get our dough prepared, we can roll it all out. Thickness will vary (give or take 1/8 of thickness if you wish to be precise). Cut the dough into squares and then you're ready to fill them with pumpkin (or pumpkin pie)
  3. Just take your pumpkin pie filling and put it on your square-cut dough. Fold your dough over your filling, leaving just enough dough in order to pinch it together, creating a tight and secure seal.
  4. Repeat the process until you're ready and then pop them into the oven for about 30-35 minutes.

© 2013 Jennifer

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      I'm not a cook WL, but they look good. The design of the pastry empanadas are very similar to Cornish pasties( meat, and vegetables inside) we have over here, where they were a favourite of coal miners, who used to hold the outer serrations with grubby fingers, and have them for their dinnertime - some even had the meat at one end, and a dessert at the other; they're still quite popular, and the Spanish touch is very nice.

      R.Q. :)

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Glad you think they look good! If my memory serves me right, they come from my ancestral Spain! It's been a little while since I've done them, so I'm hoping I got everything right! Thanks, RQ!

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      Renee 3 years ago

      I like both fried and baked empanadas, but I love the empanaditas wuth pineapple filling. Good job on this hub! Shared and pinned!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Thanks Marie-Renee! I'm glad you liked it!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Thanks Marie-Renee! I'm glad you liked it!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      These look so yummy!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Welcome, kschimmel! Thanks for stopping by and reading my little recipe! Glad you think they look yummy! :D

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      Maria Cecilia 3 years ago from Philippines

      oh writinglover nice to see you in a different topic, looks so yummy

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      Pumpkin. Pie. Great recipe.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Oh, thank you Maria! Nice to see you again! Glad you like it!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Thanks W1totalk! Glad you like it!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love pumpkin pie, and so I know without a doubt I will love these empanadas! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the little story behind them!

      Vote dup +++ and sharing

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Thanks, Faith!

      *huggles*

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A definite to try out writinglover.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Delicious hub.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Glad you think so vkwok!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Yummy! :D All I know about Empanadas is that I love eating them! Pumpkin? That sounds so good tonight; it's chilly here and a warm Pumpkin Pie Empanada sounds scrumptious! I'm going to make these after the next trip to the grocery store!

      Cat

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      I shouldn't tempt you, but I'm going to anyway. LOL! Don't forget my buttermilk brownies. Okay. I'm done! LOL! I'm glad you like the sound of empanadas (or empanadillas in other countries). Thanks Cat!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Buttermilk brownies?!? lol... great, my summer activities just helped me lose that five pounds of winter weight I gained... looks like the number on the scale's gonna be going right back up! lol

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      LOL! I'm done being naughty for now! :D I'll be good...

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      Robyn D Bera 3 years ago from California

      I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing. Do you think it would work with butter instead of shortening? It probably won't be as flakey but it might not affect the flavor. What do you think? Voted up and shared!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Thanks Sugahware! I think your idea might be worth trying! My mom always experimented with her recipes and never really stuck going by the books (she's a chemist, mind you). Thanks for stopping by and welcome aboard!

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice idea!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Thanks, IslandBites! :D

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      Dennis Thorgesen 2 years ago from Central United States

      I grew up surrounded by Mexicans, in those years I never saw this type of crust. I have seen flour an corn tortillas filled with about anything you can imagine. Something I found it is make squirrel and possum more palatable. For some reason rabbit didn't work for me personally. In my whole life I never thought to fill one with pumpkin.

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      Jennifer 2 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      My stepmom, who is Korean, likes to mess around with recipes. My dad told her about Empanadas that his mother, my grandmother, taught him. So she made a dessert one, which was great because I needed something for my college class as well. She likes to make things unique. Thanks for reading!

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