Five Spice Pecan Plum Empanadas

Five Spice Pecan Plum Empanadas

Empanadas de Ciruela y Nuez
10 empanadas
Pati Jinich
Course: Antojos, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: apricot, Cajeta, dough, Dulce de Leche, Empanadas, five spice, lime, pati's mexican table, pecans, piloncillo, plums, sour cream
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Five Spice Pecan Plum Empanadas recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 8 “Asian Influences in Mexican Cooking”


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 pound plums, pitted and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 pound apricots, pitted and diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar or shredded piloncillo
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 egg, beaten for brushing
  • Granulated sugar for dusting, or you may use turbinado or dark brown sugar
  • Dulce de leche or cajeta, to drizzle on top or on the side for dipping (optional)

To Prepare

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and sour cream.
  • With your fingers, combine the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal (it should be crumbly). Rinse your hands and pour the beaten egg and sour cream into the large bowl with the crumbly butter mixture. Mix with a spatula until it comes together into smooth malleable dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • In a large bowl, combine the plums, apricots, pecans, brown sugar, cornstarch, lime juice and five spice powder and mix well.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Generously flour your kitchen counter and rolling pin. Roll out the dough about a to 1/4- to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut the dough into rounds about 4-inches in diameter. Repeat the rolling and cutting process with any leftover dough scraps until you have used up all your dough. Place a heaping tablespoon of the plum filling in the middle of each circle to make chubby empanadas, brush around the edges with the beaten egg and fold to make a half moon, gently pressing with your fingers to close the edges. Finally, use the back of a fork to seal the dough without breaking it.
  • Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the empanadas on them, as you may need to bake 2 batches or use 2 baking sheets. Brush the tops of the empanadas with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake the empanadas for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Serve warm or cooled and, if desired, drizzle with dulce de leche or cajeta.

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    1. Of course Diane, five spice powder is a mix of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and peppercorns 😉

  1. Can you substitute non-fat, low-fat sour cream or yogurt?

    I love your show; I enjoy it even when I don’t attempt the recipes. I have, however, been searching for an empanada recipe so will try yours. Thanks!

  2. Hola Pati!
    These look delicious. My 3 yr old son and I were watching your show and he loves how you speak to the camera as if you are speaking to the viewer. He said, “I wish we could go to her house and eat those!” Thank you for helping me foster a love in him of both cooking and Mexican food!! We can’t wait to make these together. 🙂

  3. First, I really enjoy your show. Second, my daughter is graduating college in a few weeks and I would like to know if these Empanadas can be frozen, as I do not have the time to prepare them at the time I need them. Thank you for taking your time to respond.

    1. Hello Bonnie,
      Yes you can! Make them and freeze them in a sealed bag with as little air as you can. You may layer them with parchment paper, or plastic wrap, between them. When you are ready to bake them, just bring out of the freezer for about 15 minutes before sticking them in the oven.