Pumpkin Empanadas on white paper
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Pumpkin Empanadas

These Pumpkin Empandas remind me of everything that is good in a pastry. The pastry is crisp and buttery and the filling is spicy and very autumnal. 
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cooling and resting time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 20 emapanadas
Author: Adapated from A Baker's Odyssey by Greg Patent


Filling: can be made the day before

  • 1 kg pumpkin ((jap pumpkin or pumpkin of your choice))
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar ((firmly packed))
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves


  • 3 cups plain flour ((plus more as needed))
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 170 g ¬†butter
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 egg ((large))
  • 1/2 cup milk ((warm))
  • milk for brushing and raw sugar for sprinkling


Make the filling: Can be made the day before

  • Cut the (unpeeled) pumpkin into large chunks, remove the seeds and fibres. Place in a microwave safe bow,l add a little water, cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave for 10 minutes or until tender. Remove from the microwave and allow to cool a little. Or steam if that's what you prefer.
  • Remove the skin. Place the pumpkin to a pot and add the cinnamon stick and sprinkle on the brown sugar and add the salt. Set the pot over a medium heat. Stir to combine, the pumpkin will break up. Allow to come to a simmer. Stir occasionally and cook for 20-30 minutes until the the mixture is thick and the liquid has almost completely absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Add the vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. ¬†Puree in a food processor or with a stick blender. Let it cool completely.

Make the dough

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • With a electric mixer (or by hand if you like) beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, less than a minute. Add the sugar, cinnamon and cloves and beat well.
  • Add the egg and beat for a minute.On low speed mix in the flour in 3 additions alternating with the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour. Mix only until just combined.
  • If the dough is too dry add a little more milk or if too sticky add a little more flour. Wrap the dough in plastic and let it rest 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Heat the oven to 190C/375F
  • Prepare a couple of large baking trays by lining with baking paper.
  • Roll out the dough and cut circles of your choice. There is no need to flour the surface unless the dough is particularly sticky. I cut circles of about 9cm/3 1/2in circles.
  • Place a little of the filling on each circle of dough slightly off center, then fold dough over and press edges with tines of a fork.
  • Transfer to baking sheet, spacing a little apart. Once all the empanadas are on the sheets, brush each one with milk and make a slit with a knife in the tops.
  • Bake until deep golden brown. My smaller ones took only 30 minutes but larger ones could take 40-45 minutes.
  • Cool a little on baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.


  • Pumpkin Empanadas freeze and defrost very well. Be sure to freeze in a well sealed container or plastic bag.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 8015IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1.7mg