May 16, 2011

A Guest Post by Little Crumb - Banana Empanadas

Little Crumb is my youngest daughter.  Not only is she my biggest helper in the kitchen and the sounding board for my blog, but she makes a mean Banana Empanada.  I thought it was time for her to do a guest post for me.  She was so proud to make the empanadas, taking photos as she went along, and then she wrote up the text. All I did was help her attach some links and edit her photos.  Enjoy!

I have been making banana empanadas for quite a while now. It all happened when I was watching TV early in the morning, I had skipped through the channels and then I came upon the Food Network. As I was watching Quick Fix the host, Robin Miller, was making banana empanadas, which sounded really good. So I ran into my moms bedroom, woke her up and told her that I wanted to bake something for her. But we needed to get the ingredients so we went to the grocery store. After that it was time to start baking.

This recipe is so easy to make that a cave man could do it. As I waited for it to bake in the oven, it smelled so good I was drooling. We could hardly wait for them to cool, and one bite after another, soon all that was left were some crumbs!

Just because I am young it doesn’t mean that I don’t have mad skills in the kitchen. When I am helping my mom in the kitchen it makes me feel like a real chef, and that I mean something to the dish. I really love to cook but the worst part in the whole process is probably waiting for it to bake or cleaning up after words. 

I had a lot of fun doing this guest post for my mom.  I hope she will invite me to do another one soon, or I might have to start my own blog!

Banana Empanadas

  • cooking spray (Little Crumb uses a Silpat)
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar
  • additional cinnamon sugar or raw sugar for sprinkling.
  • 1 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crust
  • Ice cream or powdered sugar, if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray or a Silpat.  
  3. In a large bowl, combine bananas, brown sugar and cinnamon sugar. Mix well and set aside.  
  4. Unroll pie crust onto a flat surface.  
  5. Using a ring mold, make circles in the dough. 
  6. Put the banana mixture on the pie dough and fold it over to make a moon shape.  
  7. Pinch around the edges to seal (Little Crumb uses a fork).
  8. Transfer the empanadas to the prepared baking sheet and make slits in the top of each to allow steam to escape.
  9. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar, or raw sugar - your choice.
  10. Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake until crust is golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  11. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the empanadas on a platter.
  12. Serve with ice cream or sprinkle with powdered sugar, if using. 

Recipe makes 12 empanadas and was adapted by Ashleigh from one by Robin Miller.


  1. These look delicious. They remind me of Bananas Foster. Great job!

  2. These look so yummy!
    She took such great pictures!
    Good job Little Crumb :)

  3. Great post, Little Crumb! Bananas are my favorite, and I love empanadas. Sounds like I need to make these sometime! :)

  4. Little crumb uses a silpat no less, love it. Little crumb can bake these for me anytime. I wish I had some bananas sitting on the counter right now.

  5. What a charming post! I, too, hope that Little Crumb's Mom will encourage her in the kitchen AND allow her to do another post in the very near future! Thanks, Little Crumb! :)

  6. Congrats to Little Crumb! She did a wonderful job on creating this dish. I hope she keeps up the good work and look forward to reading posts from her in the future.

  7. this looks so pretty:) thanks for sharing this post.

  8. You go, Little Crumb. Mad skillz, indeed.

    I love empanadas and banana-filled ones sound lovely.

    Let us know when you have your own cooking blog!

  9. I think you might have some competition. Little Crumb certainly does have some mad skills in the kitchen! Great guest post!

  10. What a fabulous post and recipe. I could totally eat these empanadas for breakfast. Keep on cooking Little Crumb.

  11. These look delish! Congrats to your daughter for her first guest post!

  12. What a great treat and a fabulous guest post, too!

  13. Well done Little Crumb! i love these...may have to make them this weekend!

  14. Wow that ooey gooey filling looks to die for! I would love one!

  15. So cute! I love that your daughter did a post. Her dish looks so yummy! I love any kind of empanada

  16. These looks great! Nice job Little Crumb! I can't wait to have kids so I can get them in the kitchen :)

  17. Nicely done, Little Crumb!!! You have quite a way with words, a wonderfully well written post. Oh, how I hope we can get you and my daughter together one day and do a duo guest post!
    The empenadas sound truly wonderful, banana is a big favorite in our household and I'm sure these will be a hit!

  18. Great job Little Crumb! These do sound mighty tasty. BTW, we have the same plates!

  19. What a lovely guest post! Good job on this yummy snack!

    How young are you again?!!

  20. I have an apple empanada filling I've been dying to make for my friend from Argentina. I will have to try this one as I love bananas.


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