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Delicious Apple Empanada from Spain

There are times when we want to enjoy a fruity pie but we don’t feel like making something so big, but all this is a problem of the past with the apple Empanada.

These fruit empanadas are the same as the typical empanadas you already know, but instead of being filled with meat, tuna, or chicken, they have a sweet and fruity filling.

You may be wondering, is the empanada recipe easy? Let me tell you that fortunately yes, it is. 

Delicious Apple Empanada from Spain

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Up next, we will show you how you can make this everyone’s favorite apple pie, and we’ll tell you a little more about its history, and some tips to store and serve it.

Background of the Dish

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Unlike the traditional pie that you are used to seeing (and which had its origins in England in the 1300s), these dessert empanadas come from Spain, and for years they have enchanted everyone who has tried them.

There is no accurate story, but legend has it that a Spanish cook had made dough to make meat empanadas, but since she had leftovers, she decided to make them with empanada filling.

Without a doubt, this was a spectacular idea, and thanks to it we can now enjoy this homemade apple pie.

A pocket-sized apple empanada so you can take it everywhere or keep it in your fridge without taking up much space, and it is full of flavor.

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Things You’ll Need for Apple Empanada

To make this apple empanada recipe, you will only need a couple of regular ingredients and a hot oven, so there is no excuse not to make them.

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Ingredients

For the compote

  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 cup (200gr) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • Cinnamon and cloves (optional)

For the dough

  • 3 cups (360gr) flour
  • 1/2 cup (200gr) sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup (100g) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water

How to Make Apple Empanada – Step by Step Guide

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  1. The first step in the apple empanadas recipe is to make the compote. For that, you will have to place the previously peeled and cut apples, sugar, water, cinnamon, and cloves in a saucepan.
  1. Cook over medium heat until they get soft. Set aside and let it come to room temperature.
  1. To make the dough, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Knead everything by adding butter, eggs, and water. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for half an hour. In the meantime, preheat the oven to medium heat or 375F/190C.
  1. Now stretch the dough and cut it into circles of the desired size. The ideal diameter is between 10 and 12cm, but do it as you want.
  1. Then, fill in the center with the apple compote to prevent it from spilling everywhere. Close from side to side and to seal it you can press it with a fork or make the typical repulgue. The easiest thing is to press the edges with a fork.
  1. After that place the empanadas on a buttered and floured baking sheet or place them on parchment paper. Take them to the medium heat oven (at 375 F or 190 C) and cook them for 25 minutes or until they are golden.
  1. For the final step let them cool for 10 minutes and you can serve the empanadas de manzana warm.

Substitution of Ingredients

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As you can see on the ingredients listed for this dessert empanadas recipe, you don’t need any exotic ingredients and they can all be found at your nearest store. 

However, there are some changes you can make to the recipe.

For example, if you don’t like to knead, you can make empanadas with pie crust, you just have to buy the pie crust that you like the most and cut some circles in it. 

Then use those circles as the empanada dough and voila.

If you know different easy pie recipes, then you will know that there is a wide variety of fillings, and you can do the same with these apple empanadas. 

You can make a filling of pear, blueberries, peach, strawberries, or any fruit you like. You can also fill them with chocolate, vanilla custard, or dulce de leche.

If you want to venture into the world of recipes from the south of Spain, then I recommend that you try Torrijas or the Spanish Horchata, which are very easy and you will love them.

Tips on Serving Apple Empanada

dessert empanadas recipe

What I like most about these apple pie recipes is that you can serve them very easily, you just have to put them on a plate and let each person grab as many empanadas as they want. 

This makes it beat even the best pie recipes, as it is so much easier to serve. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy your apple Empanada whenever you want some time for yourself.

You can eat this perfect apple pie as a dessert after lunch or dinner, or you can also serve them for breakfast or an afternoon snack. 

If you have a sweet tooth, you can serve it with a caramel sauce dipping or sprinkling a little powdered sugar on top.

If you want to make a good Andalusian snack or dessert, then serve these apple empanadas with Spanish bar cake, Spanish rice pudding, and Spanish turron.

How to Store Apple Empanada

How to Store Empanada de Manzana

Another advantage of apple empanadas is that they are easy to store. 

Once you finish making them, let them come to room temperature and then store them in the fridge in a covered container. There they can last up to a week.

You can also freeze them for up to 1 month. The advantage of empanadas is that you can freeze them all and thaw only the amount you plan to eat, so you won’t spoil everything. 

In addition, due to their size, they are very convenient to store.

Recipe Card: Apple Empanada

Yield: 8

Apple Empanada Recipe

apple empanadas

There are times when we want to enjoy a fruity pie but we don't feel like making something so big, but all this is a problem of the past with the apple Empanada.

These fruit empanadas are the same as the typical empanadas you already know, but instead of being filled with meat, tuna, or chicken, they have a sweet and fruity filling.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the compote
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 cup (200gr) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • Cinnamon and cloves (optional)

For the dough

  • 3 cups (360gr) flour
  • 1/2 cup (200gr) sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup (100g) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water

Instructions

  1. For the compote, place the previously peeled and cut apples, sugar, water, cinnamon, and cloves in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat until they get soft. Set aside and let it come to room temperature.
  3. For the dough, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Knead everything by adding butter, eggs, and water. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for half an hour. In the meantime, preheat the oven to medium heat or 375F/190C.
  4. Stretch dough and cut into circles of the desired size. The ideal diameter is between 10 and 12cm, but do it as you want.
  5. Fill in the center with the apple compote to prevent it from spilling everywhere. Close from side to side and to seal it you can press it with a fork or make the typical repulgue. The easiest thing is to press the edges with a fork.
  6. Place in a buttered and floured baking sheet or place on parchment paper. Take them to the medium heat oven (at 375 F or 190 C) and cook them for 25 minutes or until they are golden.
  7. Let them cool for 10 minutes and you can serve them.

Notes

This is a dessert empanada recipe, but if you follow this exact dough recipe then you can use it for beef or chicken empanadas, or even for any type of savory tart.

For this apple empanada, you can either bake them or fry them.

I always recommend baking them because frying is a little bit too much in this case, but you can do whatever you want.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 487Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 6gSodium 317mgCarbohydrates 72gFiber 5gSugar 31gProtein 6g

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