Peach Empanada Recipe

peach empanadas recipe

Looking for a light and fruity treat that can be enjoyed any time of the year? Peach empanadas will be a huge palate pleaser for your whole family. This light, buttery, flaky dessert contains fresh glazed peaches in the middle — perfect for finishing off a delicious dinner. 

Empanadas are fried or baked turnovers (kind of like handheld pies) made of pastry and filling. They come from Latin American tradition and can be either savory or sweet. This particular recipe is easy to make and offers a hint of cozy winter flavor that complements an explosion of summertime fruit. It’s very similar to peach empanadas made with pie crust — in fact, many who try this recipe say it’s reminiscent of peach cobbler or pie. The flavors and texture will bring you right back to the Dutch oven desserts from your childhood summer camp outs. 

Feel free to try this recipe with other fruits — and let us know what you think in the comments below!

A Deliciously Fruity Treat for the Whole Family

Peach empanadas are ideal for the summertime season. From May to September, you can find sweet, ripe peaches in season at your local supermarket or orchard. Peak harvest time usually sets in around July and August, so make it an outing for the whole family to go pick your own peaches for dessert!  

When looking for peaches to use in your empanadas, seek out the ones that are slightly soft to the touch — unless you’re making the empanadas a different night. If the peach is too firm, it’s not quite ripe yet and won’t be very sweet. Look for ones that are free of bruises so you won’t end up with a mushy mess. 

How to Store Peach Empanadas for Future Use

After making the empanadas, you might end up with extras that you’re not ready to bake yet. In this case, fill the rest of the dough with peaches and store the leftover empanadas unbaked in an airtight storage container. Keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to bake them. When that time comes, follow the directions above, brushing the tops with egg wash and baking until lightly golden brown.

Serving Suggestions

We recommend serving peach empanadas warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. If you don’t like peaches, you can easily substitute them for another fruit, such as bananas, apples, cherries, pears, blueberries, mangoes, strawberries, or guava! And if you’re not a huge fruit person, you could even fill them with chocolate or a rich cream cheese frosting. 

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  • Hilda Magaly Dietsch

    Will try this!

  • April

    I just made these, they were yummy! I have never attempted empanadas before. Thanks for the recipe

  • Ulo

    I just made these. First, I used salted butter and these were too salty. And I used almond flour instead of regular, and it was very much too oily to solidify up even after refrigerating the dough about 24 hours. Maybe if I’d used coconut flour it would have worked better. They were still too tender after baking about 25 mins. But we called these "ooglies" and added whipped cream to dilute the salt a bit. So much for my low carb attempt.

  • Annymouse

    Sounds yummy! I’ll try this, but using gluten-free flour. Thanks!

  • Ethrandil

    How does this taste fried instead of baked?

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