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This easy recipe for Guatemalan empanadas de manjar or empanadas de leche will have you enjoying this traditional Guatemalan dessert at home in no time! I included an easy step-by-step recipe for making these mouth-watering sweet custard-filled empanadas.
In Guatemala, particularly during Semana Santa, empanadas de manjar a(lso know as empanadas de leche) are a popular street food. These delightful sweet snacks are soft dough with a red hue from achiote. Then you fill them with smooth milk custard and bake until they’re flaky and delicious.
Besides being delicious and pretty easy to make, these empanadas are like no other I have ever had. What makes them unique is their slightly red-tinted dough. Once baked, the dough is buttery and delicious yet a bit more crumbly than flaky, giving these empanadas a cookie-like texture.
And when you bite into that sweet crumbly pastry and taste the creamy custard inside, it’s like taking a bite of heaven! Wash down this delicious treat with rosa de jamaica, and you have the perfect snack!
What Are Empanadas de Manjar?
More Traditional Guatemala Desserts
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