be still my texas heart.
it has been years, years!, since i have had a pumpkin empanada.
from 2007 to 2009 we lived in fort worth, just down the way from state-famous esperanza's, joe t. garcia's bakery. this place was brimming with all of the mexican pastries one should find in a mexican bakery, most importantly, pumpkin empanadas.
i once stopped in to buy a box full for my extended family. sniffing deeply into the mound of empanadas and choking back tears that the smell was the extent of my enjoyment of the half-moon shaped pastries, filled with spice scented pumpkin purée. these things... really, they're heavenly. texas monthly even featured the recipe several years back, which i've adapted here.
you see, i grew up eating them, always hoping my dad would bring them home from a trip to a mexican bakery instead of the flavorless pan dulce. my pops was raised in "the valley" (rio grande) in edinburg, so he knows his stuff.
it's funny the things that warm your heart. these totally did for me.
(and for you too, i hope, pops.)