Guava Pastry aka Pastelitos de Guayaba- Transport yourself to the tropics with this quick and easy guava, cream cheese and puff pastry. You’ll be glad you did! It’s a heavenly treat.
I have always stayed clear from anything stuffed with cream cheese at the bakery. Would rather have it warm and fresh from my oven. But when I discovered this puff pastry at Porto s bakery (a Cuban style Bakery), all bets were off, am a tropical girl it was pretty hard to resist.’
They are addictive!!! Definitely not one for the diet but so worth the extra calories, you really won’t be disappointed with these!
And little did I know when I first tried these guava pastry, years ago that they are so simple to whip up. All you need is a handful of ingredients and you are good to go.
The only ingredient on the list, which might seem daunting to most people, who are not from the tropics, is guava paste a paste made from guava pulp (a tropical fruit) and often sugar. Super Super popular in Caribbean and Spanish cuisine.
Aaaand enjoyed fresh in West African Countries. Rest assured, if you live in the city this exotic ingredient is easier to get than you think. Just check any Hispanic or International Market. And you are going to see a variety of them.
Because it is close to Valentine’s day , I stuffed them with chocolate too. My son’s favorite! He doesn’t like cheese – only in Pizza. You can do the same and even shape them in to cute little hearts.
I always have store-bought puff pastry in my fridge – it’s great for entertaining; you do not even have to roll them out. It’s roll out already. All you need to do is remove from the freezer about 45 minutes before using. They are always available at most supermarkets, year round. And when they are on sale I stock up, just incase.
After making these you can freeze them for about a month, remove and bake. You might have to add an additional 5 minutes or more.
- Puff pastry 2 sheets
- 6-8 ounce guava paste
- 6-8 ounce cream cheese softened
- 1 Tablespoon grated lime zest optional
- 1- teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 beaten egg to glaze and seal
- 3 Tablespoon castor or granulated sugar optional
Remove puff pastry from freezer about 45 minutes before using.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Line baking or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside
Place cream cheese, powdered sugar, extract, lime zest and mix using by hand until all the flavors have come together and the mixture is smooth. Set aside
Roll out puff pastry, cut each sheet of dough into 6 (3 inch x 4 inch) pieces.
Divide the guava paste into 12 pieces
Place guava paste on the center of each pastry with about a scoop of 1 1/2 Tablespoon cream cheese filling next to it; leave some room around the edges.
Fold over press gently to seal with fingers. Carefully seal is by pressing the tines of a fork along the edges of the dough.
Place each pastry on a baking sheet to bake or you may freeze to use later. Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
Bake at 375 for about 18-22 minutes until lightly browned.