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Title: Pumpkin Empanadas (Jacqueline Higuera Mcmahan)
Categories: Mexican Dessert
Yield: 14 Servings

2cUnbleached white flour
2tsBaking powder
1/4cCold sweet butter
16ozCanned pumpkin puree
3/4cBrown sugar
2tsCinnamon, or 2 teaspoons minced wild anise leaves
1/4tsFreshly grated nutmeg
1 Egg
2tsPure vanilla
1 Egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water for glaze
2tbSugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon

When Grandmama made these little pies she included anise, which grew wild around our rancho.

Sift together first 4 ingredients. Cut in the shortening and butter using a pastry blender or 2 knives. The mixture should resemble coarse meal.

Combine brandy and milk, and drizzle over flour mixture, stirring with a fork to distribute. Do not over-blend.

Form into a flat disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To make the filling, blend together the pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, egg and vanilla.

When dough is chilled, roll out thinly on a floured board or pastry cloth. Cut into 4- or 5-inch circles. Place about 2 table- spoons pumpkin filling on the lower half of each dough circle. Fold over top half. Press the edges together with a fork. Brush tops with egg wash and place on a baking sheet. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden.

While still warm, sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. These may be baked 1 day ahead. Before serving, warm in a 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Makes 14 to 16 empanadas.

San Francisco Chronicle, 11/14/90.

Posted by Stephen Ceideburg