Cinnamon and Sugar Empanadas

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I’ve had the baking itch lately and with the autumn fruits coming into season all I can think about is pie! Apple pie to be exact, this is my absolute favorite kind of pie. My mom makes a killer apple and cranberry deep dish pie with a handmade crust. I’m going to try to make this sometime over Christmas. But for now I want to get a quick fix on my pie craving so I decided to take my beef and pork empanada recipe and put a sweet twist on it. I found these beautiful green apples and red pears at Whole Foods Market.

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The sharp tang of the green apple and the soft sweetness of the red pear come together in a spicy brown sugar hug all wrapped together in a flaky pie crust and fried till golden perfection. As Ina Garden would say “how bad can that be?” well I could really send it over the top and roll it in cinnamon and sugar! Now that sounds like plan!

Ingredients

1 store bought pie crust, the roll out kind

1 egg

1 red pear, small dice

1 granny smith apple, small dice

2 tablespoons butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon dried ginger

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

The juice of 1 lemon

4 cups vegetable oil, for frying

For the Cinnamon and Sugar Coating

½ cup white sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

Start heating your oil in a medium size pot. Then place a sauté pan on your stove top on medium to low heat. Add the butter and apples let this cook a few minutes. Once the apples are nicely coated in butter add the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and lemon juice. Let all this come to a slight boil string occasionally.

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Once the fruit is nicely caramelized take it off the heat and add the pears stirring to combine. You have to add the pears at the very end or they will fall apart in the heat and sugar. Allow all this to cool.

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Now roll out your store bought pie dough and cut it out in any shape you want. I’m using a round 3 inch cookie cutter.

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Once all your dough is cut, crack your egg in a small bowl and whisk it up. Now using a pastry brush, brush the pie dough with the egg and then place about a tablespoon of the filling right in the middle. Fold pie dough over and pinch the edges closed with a fork.

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Now it’s time to fry these babies golden. First mix the white sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon together in a shallow bowl and set aside. Next test your oil with a scrap piece of dough if it bubbles and floats to the top then it’s ready. Place the empanadas in one or two at a time use a spoon to lower the empanadas into the oil. Once they turn a nice golden brown spoon them out and drop them in the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Toss them around in the sugar till nicely coated.

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Now all that’s left is to chow down on these sweet treats! Try not to eat all of them in one sitting!

Happy Halloween Everyone! Hope you love these sweet treats!

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