Pear and currant dessert empanadas

Prep 45 min
Total 2 hours 15 min
Makes 18 empanadas

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3 tbsp
large pears, cored and diced (3 cups)
1/4 cup
2 tbsp
brandy, (optional)
2 tbsp
granulated sugar
1 tbsp
1/2 tsp
cardamom cinnamon
1/8 tsp
1/2 cup
toasted pecans, chopped

To assemble

1 batch
empanada dough, (2 discs)
egg, beaten
1 tbsp
coarse sugar


  • MELT butter in medium saucepan over medium-high. Add pears, currants, brandy, sugar, lemon juice, cardamom and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pears are tender and juices have thickened slightly, 10 to 12 min. Add vanilla and pecans. Cool and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight.
  • PREHEAT oven to 375 F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment.
  • ROLL 1 disc empanada dough to 1/16-in. thick. Use a 5-in. cutter to cut out circles. Repeat with remaining disc. Gather and re-roll scraps.
  • PLACE 1 heaping tbsp of filling on each round. Brush edges with egg and fold dough over the filling, forming a half-circle. Press to seal. Crimp edges. Arrange empanadas on their sides on prepared baking sheet. Brush with remaining egg. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • BAKE until golden brown, 30 to 35 min. Serve dessert empanadas warm or cool with ice cream or crème anglaise, or freeze for up to 2 weeks. Reheat in a 350F oven for 15 min.



Calories 184, Protein 3 g, Carbohydrates 19 g, Fat 11 g, Fibre 2 g, Sodium 66 mg.

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