I know I’m not alone in my excitement over fall’s imminent arrival. It’s my absolute favorite season of the year! Here in South Texas, the scorching, end-of-summer heat will linger a bit longer, and I always look so forward to the cool, autumn weather. After suffering through the recent, sweltering weeks, the crisp, breezy fall days will be like heaven-on-Earth for me.
The upcoming, chilly days will open the door for my family to enjoy some of our favorite things. To start with, my favorite things to wear are jeans and boots. In fact, I’ve already dusted off my favorite pair of Roper’s and they’re ready for action! And, hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we get to bundle up in sweaters and watch the kids play in huge piles of fallen leaves outside. We also can’t wait for bonfires, homemade hot cocoa, s’mores!
In October, we visit some local, church pumpkin patches and then there is all the spooky, Halloween fun to anticipate. Plus, October is my birthday month! Unlike many people, I really look forward celebrating my birthday, even if it’s just an easy dinner and cake at home.
Back on the first day of September, wheelbarrows full of plump, orange pumpkins and mysterious-looking gourds were put out for display at our local grocery store. Accordingly, the gorgeous array of rustic, harvest colors are taking over in every other store too. It really sets the mood for the onset of the pumpkin-flavored-everything-season, doesn’t it? Well, it does for me. Are you excited, yet?
This is the first, and definitely not the last of the pumpkin-loving recipes I’ll be posting.
Spiced Pumpkin Empanadas printable recipe printable recipe
** Special equipment needed before you start: toothpick, fork, pastry brush, wooden spoon.
**Optional equipment: hand-held pastry blender
For the Filling:
- 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking power
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup cold, salted butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup ice cold water
- extra 1/4 cup of water, for sealing the pastry rounds
- 2 tsps of each, cinnamon and sugar, combined for dusting.
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tsp water
|Ignore the sweetened milk in this photo! I didn’t use it in this recipe afterall. It thought it would add too much liquid to the filling|
2. Combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in another large bowl.
6. Fill the center of each round with a heaping teaspoon of the pre-made pumpkin filling. Dab your finger in water and lightly wet the edges of the pastry cut-outs. Fold in-half to seal.