Everybody has one of those recipes that gets passed around the community. Empanadas de Camote, or Sweet Potato Turnovers is just that recipe in our San Manuel ranch community.
Other traditional fillings such as pumpkin are popular, and there is a practical reason. Our climate is hot, and out on the old timey ranches, delicate fruits such as blackberries or peaches were hard to grow, and even harder to buy. Sweets were usually made with ingredients that could be kept at room temperature for a long period of time. Our average summer temp is around 95°F (35°C) so hardy tubers like sweet potatoes, or dry gourd type squashes like pumpkins were always around for making into a dessert.
I even have a few old recipes for candy made out of pinto beans. Anything starchy could be converted into a dessert, as long as you had a sack of sugar in the pantry.
Now days, we make Empanadas de Camote because we really love their tender crust and deeply spicy filling.
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