Raisin and Arroz con Leche Empanadas

  • Yield: 9 pieces


1cup long-grain white rice
2cups water
1large cinnamon stick
1pinch salt
1can evaporated milk
3/4cup condensed milk
1/3cup California raisins
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2cup sweetened coconut, shredded
1 (9-inch) ready-made pie dough, thawed
1 egg, beaten
Flour for dusting
Chocolate syrup for dipping (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, place the rice with the water, cinnamon stick and salt. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook until most of the water has been absorbed.
  2. Stir in milks and continue cooking for approximately 5 more minutes. Add raisins and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 450F. Grease baking sheet.
  4. Roll out pie dough on a floured surface to a 12-inch circle in diameter. Cut out 3-inch circles with the rim of a small bowl. Place 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons of arroz con leche (rice pudding) and a teaspoon (or pinch of coconut) in the center of each dough circle. Brush edges with egg; fold in half and crimp edges with fork to seal.
  5. Place empanadas on prepared baking sheet; brush with egg.
  6. Bake 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with a side of chocolate syrup for dipping. Makes 9 empanadas.

Recipe by Ericka Sancez from Nibbles and Feasts