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Dried Pear Empanadas

Amazing sweet empanadas.

  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24



for the filling,

  • 250 grams of dried pears
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg

for the dough,

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup or 125 grams of cold butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg for brushing
  • sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, place the pears and mostly submerge them in boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes. Place over medium heat and add sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves.Dried pears
  2. Grind the pears to a puree using a blender or food processor. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Cook until it boils softly and you can see the bottom of the pot when you stir.
    Pear pureed
  4. Allow cooling completely.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add the butter, which should be chopped into small pieces, and work with two knives or the mixer’s paddle attachment until the mixture looks like coarse sand.
    Egg yolks on dried ingredients
  6. Add eggs, sugar, milk, and pumpkin. Mix everything into a smooth dough.
  7. Beat the egg with one tablespoon of water until blended, 20 seconds.
  8. Divide the dough into two halves and place one half in the refrigerator. On a floured counter, roll the dough until it is about 2-3 mm thick. Cut circles 12 cm in diameter. Place a tablespoon of filling into the center of each circle. Wet the border with the egg wash, close, and make small indentations with a fork to seal. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
    Cut the empanada dough Filled empanadas
  9. Preheat oven to 350F or 180C. Place empanadas on a parchment paper-covered or a greased baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Use a fork to pierce each empanada.
    Raw pear empanadas
  10. Bake for 25 minutes or until browned up and down.
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Serve cold.
    Pear Empanadas
  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Chilean

Keywords: pear empanadas, chilean cuisine