My grandmas home in El Paso was a small three bedroom home with lots of fruit trees in the backyard—apple, apricot, peach, and membrillo (quince) just to name a few.
When apples were in season my grandma would sit for hours peeling piles of apples to make warm apple pies and empanadas. She would make apple preserves by slow cooking the apples with sugar, but my mom has taught me a simplified filling to avoid cooking the apples first.
Watch this video below to see how simple these empanadas are to make.
These apple empanadas are a great alternative to a traditional whole apple pie making them perfect for the holidays. Whether you choose to make them for Thanksgiving or take them to a holiday party they are guaranteed to be a hit. For an authentic Mexican experience, serve these little treats with café de olla or Mexican hot chocolate.
My grandma made her dough using lard, but my mom and I now use Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening Sticks. Using Crisco® shortening yields a higher, lighter-textured baked good and the sticks come in a no-mess, measurable package. These flaky pastry empanadas are baked (not fried) and filled with tart warm apples, with a coating of sugar and cinnamon that lends an irresistible crunch to the crust. These empanadas are delicious and not overly sweet which is what I love about them, but if you are looking for a sweet apple filling feel free to add sugar to the filling mixture.
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Empanadas de Manzana (Apple Empanadas)
- 4 cups peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples
- 2 tablespoons Pillsbury BEST™ All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar, optional for a sweet filling
- Canned evaporated milk or egg white
- Cinnamon-sugar mixture, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon mixed with 1/4 cup sugar
Make Apple Filling:
- Combine all apple filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Make Empanada Dough:
- In a stand mixer mix the first 5 dry ingredients. Add in the shortening. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and milk and combine with dry ingredients. Continue to combine until you have a soft dough. Split the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Assemble and bake empanadas:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Divide empanada dough into 24 pieces. On a floured surface, roll out the dough pieces into small round circles. Place a small dollop of apple filling on one half of each of the rolled out circles. Wet the edges of the circles with water to help seal the two halves. Fold over the dough and seal off the edges with a fork by pressing down along the edges. This also makes for a pretty pattern when baked.
- Brush each empanada with some canned evaporated milk or egg whites, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Puncture the top of each empanada with a fork to allow steam to escape while baking.
- Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray; place the empanadas on the cookie sheet and bake for 13 to 20 minutes on middle rack in the oven. If after 15 minutes you notice the bottoms of the empanadas starting to brown, move the cookie sheet to the top rack and continue to bake for the last 5 minutes, until golden brown.
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