The puffed pillow of fried bread called the sopaipilla was thought to be “invented” in Albuquerque over 200 years ago. A good thing made even better when stuffed with a wonderful bean and green chile sauce mixture.
Grandma’s Meat & Peach Empanaditas (Turnovers) are a favorite family tradition. We make the mincemeat with beef tongue, dried peaches, raisins and sweet spices. Our family always made these with our Grandma on New Year’s Day.
Bizcochitos are the official state cookie of New Mexico. They are basic sugar cookies with a hint of cinnamon and a pinch of anise. In our family, we did not use cookie cutters; we hand-shaped each bizcochito into a butterfly shape. Read more about it in Ana Baca’s Best Selling children’s picture book: Benito’s Bizcochitos: www.anabaca.wordpress.com.
These Fruit Empanaditas are little fruit turnovers that New Mexicans enjoy throughout the Christmas season. You can use any dried fruit but prunes, apricots and peaches are our favorites. Recently, we used mango, pineapple and cranberries for a delicious twist!
Plum Pastelitos are a traditional pastry with a fruit center. They are a traditional dessert for Christmas gatherings in New Mexico. Serve warm with whipped cream or take them on a hike for energy.