The Empanada Strikes Back

Empanadas are often savory and filled with meat, but for our Star Wars rewatch I made this sweet variety filled with caramel and apple.

The Empanadas Strike Back



  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup butter or shortening
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 3 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon

Heat the milk in a saucepan until bubbles form on the top.

Add the butter and let stand 10 minutes until butter is melted.

Stir in the yeast and let stand another 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture. Stir until it forms a ball.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead well, adding flour as needed.

Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to an hour.

Punch down the dough, turn it out on a floured surface for another quick knead, then divide into sixteen small balls. Flatten these balls out into six-inch circles and place them on parchment paper on baking sheets.




  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 2 medium apples

You will want to fill and bake your empanadas as soon as the filling is ready, so preheat the oven to 425 F / 220 C while you work.

Peel, core, and finely dice the apples.

Place the sugar and water in a shallow saucepan and stir until the sugar is well dissolved.

Put the pan on medium heat. Large bubbles will eventually give way to smaller bubbles. Stir gently as the sugar mixture begins to brown.

When the caramel has reached a golden brown, add the cream and mix well.

Add the apple pieces and stir well.

Place a generous tablespoonfull of filling centered on one half of each dough circle. Fold the dough over and press the edges together with your fingers, then crimp the edge with the tines of a fork.

Bake for 20 minutes or until beginning to brown. You can continue to cook them as they are until golden brown (about five more minutes) or take them out, glaze them with egg, and return them to the oven to finish baking.


Image by Eppu Jensen

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