Pear and Currant Dessert Empanadas


  • Prep Time45 mins
  • Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
  • Makes18 empanadas
Pear and Currant Dessert Empanadas

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Chatelaine Triple Tested


  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 3 large pears, cored and diced (3 cups)

  • 1/4 cup currants

  • 2 tbsp brandy, (optional)

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp cardamom cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

To assemble

  • 1 batch empanada dough, (2 discs)

  • 1 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.

Nutrition (per piece)

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

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