Saturday, February 13, 2010

Empolvados - Chilean Pastry filled with Dulce de Leche

Empolvados are one of my favorite things from Chile. I remember growing up and eating this deliciousness and getting everything around me full of powder sugar :D . The dough is very cakey and soft, almost the consistency of a sponge cake. The richness of the manjar (dulce de leche) gives the perfect amount of moisture that this pastry needs.


4 large eggs
3/4 sifted powder sugar
1 cup sifted all purpose flour
1 tspn. baking powder
1 can Dulce de Leche - Nestle
Powder sugar to cover and dust the Empolvados.


Preheat oven to 400ºF and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar until they are thicker and very pale in color. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft picks. Add the rest of the sugar until well combined.

In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the egg yolks with folding motions in three additions using the egg whites as a moisture agent. (Pour one third of the flour, incorporate to the egg yolks batter, add half of the egg whites, fold until combined, add another third of the flour folding until combined add the rest of the egg whites, fold, combine and finish with the rest of the flour)

Drop two tablespoons of the batter into the prepared baking sheet, making sure the drops are separated enough from one another. Sprinkle a soft layer of powder sugar on top. Bake for 7 minutes.

Let them cool on a cookie rack and once they've cooled join them by spooning a generous/hipping tablespoon of manjar/dulce de leche (on the flat side). Once you finished putting them together, pour like a cup of powder sugar on a bowl and roll each Empolvado until are completely covered with powder sugar. Once you are done, sprinkle some more powder sugar on top.




Libby said...

Looking forward to trying this recipe! Thank you!

The Shulls said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Libby! You sure will love this recipe. It's one of our favorites :)

Libby said...

These turned out so lovely! Looking forward to trying out all of the recipes from the Chilean section! My husband is from Chile, I am Canadian - Korean and it's nice to see dishes he knows and loves and they are all in English!!! It's so hard to watch Youtube videos in Spanish and pause every few seconds to try and translate. Thank you!!!! Please keep them coming!

The Shulls said...

I am so excited they turned out well!!!! As I told you before, we absolutely love them!!! I'll try to keep posting chilean recipes in English!! Have a great day!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I am going to use this recipe for an ESL class while I am here in Chile. For clarification, will you please confirm that the recipe calls for 3/4 CUPS of powdered sugar? Thank you!

The Shulls said...

Hey Ambient Grace! Thanks for visiting my blog, and yes, it is a 3/4 cup of powder sugar!

Anonymous said...

Two more questions, sorry!

1. To confirm: this recipe does not require the use of cornstarch (my house mom thinks it needs cornstarch)

2. How many empolvados does this make?

Again....thank you! thank you! thank you!

The Shulls said...

1. You will find lots of recipe that are kind of similar to mine, and they may use cornstarch. This is one was originally published by Nestle. I've made it several times, always getting great results. This one, does not use cornstarch in it.

2. The final amount will depend on how big you make your own. I usually get about a dozen of them.

(If you need the recipe in Spanish you can go to and search for empolvados).

Anonymous said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know the activity was AWESOME! I even showed them your site so they could see what the empolvados should look like. The kids had a great time and were really excited to take the dough home to bake. I sent them home with dough, a packet of manjar and a container of sugared powder. They came back today SUPER excited about how much their families loved their desserts. Thank you so much for your help!


The Shulls said...

You are very welcome! So glad everything went well~ :)

Aurora said...

I made Empolvados yesterday and they are great!

Gracias por tu blog y tus recetas, es rico comerse un dulce chileno cuando uno esta lejos de casa...