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Chilean Sopaipillas with Pumpkin

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Perfect appetizers with Chilean salsa Pebre or as a dessert, dusted with powdered sugar or in a molasses sauce.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 20


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (I use canned in the USA)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, lard, or butter, melted


  1. Place the flour, baking powder, and salt in the food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until a dough forms. It should be smooth and pliable.
    Sopaipilla dough
  2. Take it out of the food processor and knead it several times. Let stand, cover with a cloth, for 20 minutes.
  3. Roll into a floured counter until the desired thickness; I prefer thin, 1/2 cm. more or less or 1/4′. Pierce each sopaipilla with a fork a couple of times.
    Sopaipilla dough rolled Cut out sopaipillas
  4. Heat oil to 180C or 350F.
  5. Fry for 1-2 minutes per side. They should be golden brown.
    Frying sopaipillas Frying sopaipillas
  6. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
    Sopaipillas over paper towels
  7. Serve hot.
    Chilean Sopaipillas Chilean Sopaipillas Chilean Sopaipillas


For the Chancaca sauce: 1 square of Chancaca or Panela or Piloncillo, 2 cups of water, lemon or orange peel 2 little squares, 1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water

Place the water, panela, orange peel, cinnamon and cloves in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until brown sugar is melted. Boil gently for 15 minutes.
If you want it thicker, add the cornstarch dissolved in cold water and stir until thickened.
You can drizzle the sopaipillas with sauce or soak into the sauce and serve warm.

  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Chilean


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 0.4 g
  • Sodium: 131.7 mg
  • Fat: 12.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g