Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dulce de Leche Empanadas

I love dulce de leche. I love ice cream. I love apples. I figured they can only be more delicious when combined (sort of a holy triad, if you will). I felt what some might describe as inappropriate joy upon eating these gooey, creamy and sweet creations...*content sigh*.

Maybe these are better described as turnovers, but as I am using frozen empanada wrappers (not as homemade, I know, but it saves SO much time, I highly recommend them in a pinch) to create empanadas de dulce de leche con manzanas y una bola de helado: dulce de leche and apple empandas with good old fashioned vanilla ice cream.

To make 10 empanadas:
1 pack frozen Goya empanada shells
5 small to medium sized apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup dulce de leche
Vanilla ice cream

Defrost empanada shells in fridge until ready to bake.

Preheat oven to 400.

Slice apples into 8ths and then once again horizontally. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon over apples and add lemon juice. Stir mixture.

Melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add apples and stir until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Use a rolling pin to flatten empanada shells, one by one. Add about 1/2 of an apple to shell and a scoop of dulce de leche (a bit less than a tablespoon).

Fold dough over and pinch shut. Use a fork to create ridges along edge of dough. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon and brown sugar over the empanadas.

Bake empanadas for about 20 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Serve with vanilla ice cream.


  1. yum!! dolce de leche and apples is an amazing pairing, and empanadas sound fantastic! I never even knew they made frozen empanada shells!

  2. Yum these look awesome!

  3. That looks so yummy. Great idea to use the empanada shells. I too love dulce du leche and could probably eat it by the spoonful! It might not make it into the recipe if I were cooking...

  4. Thanks everyone! The frozen empanada shells can be found in a grocery that carries Goya products, super easy even if not QUITE as tasty as homemade ones!

  5. Those look wicked good. We need a shot of the filling! I'm going to be on the look out for those frozen shells, I'm almost positive my local grocery store carries Goya. Of course they don't have a single kind of masa so I'm not holding my breath...

  6. You are in the Somerville area...I think? Market Basket definitely stocks them, Star Market/Shaw's may or may not...

  7. I love the idea of sweet empanadas, they sound terrific with apple & dolce de leche!

  8. Yum. This would be gone in a heart beat in my family. My kids love apples and dules de leche.
    Beautiful dish.

  9. Yum yum yum! this is a great combination, and a beautiful presentation!

  10. Oh man what a perfect fall dessert! That looks outragous! And I love that you don't have to make your own dough!

  11. that is truly the perfect dessert! I love dulce de leche and to have it in empanada form with some apples sounds so amazing!

  12. Brad & I loooove dulce de leche since we actually got engaged in Argentina (which has more dulce de leche than we could ever handle!). This recipe looks scrumptious.

    Just curious, how did you put the voting badge/widget up? I'd love to do the same. Thanks for the help!

  13. They look great! I love apples and ducle de leche...mmmm

  14. hi,gorgeous combination!thanks for visit and comment on my blog!i live in romania,but in moldova county,not in transilvania...

  15. Teanna-I used to make my own dough, but when short of time or just to be efficient the store bought dough works quite well!

    Jessie-I love everything in empanada form, it makes any meal portable : )

    Rachael-BA is such a romantic city, what a perfect place to get engaged, when were you there?

  16. Mmmm, this looks amazing! I didn't know you could buy frozen empanada shells, so I'm definitely going to look for them now!

  17. Oh my, I want this right now!! What a great sweet empanada!

  18. Yes yes yes.

    *falls over in foodgasm*

  19. Yummm I found your blog through Foodbuzz, and I love it! A lot of your favorites (maiz at Toro, truffled fries at Kingston Station) are also mine!

  20. Wowee! All my favorite flavors, yum!

  21. I am from argentina and I use to make this recipe wiht my grandmother when I was a kid :)
    The years has happen and I totally forgot it! But found this recipe here, makes me so happy... after 20 years I am gonna make this empanadas de dulce de leche again!!!
    Thanks a lot <3

  22. Love love love it!!! I've been wanting to make some empanadas almost exactly like this! I can't wait to taste them!


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