Friday, July 19, 2013

Pastelitos de Guayaba {Guava & Cream Cheese Pastries}

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Woo-hoo... it's the weekend! This entire week I've squeezed as much relaxation as I possibly could during the weekend because the weekend ahead is a busy one again for me. What plans do you have? Any fun eats for you in the horizon? Hopefully you'll enjoy something cool and creamy since Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! But until then, I do have something sweet to share. Since I tend to share something sweet on Fridays, here's the last dish to share from our recent Havana Nights Cooking Party. These Pastelitos de Guayaba combine a favorite pairing of guava paste and cream cheese tucked inside layers of flaky puff pastry. Enjoy this with a hot cup of cafe con leche or a shot of espresso to start off your morning, Cuban style...


In Cuban cuisine, guava is a common and popular fruit. In many Cuban kitchens, it won't be surprising to find a tin of guava paste because it's commonly used as a spread for breakfast just as many use jams and jellies. Guava paste is much denser and can easily be cut into slices or wedges, then slathered on toasted bread. In Cuban bakeries, you'll even notice how guava is used in pastries like in this recipe. To find guava paste, look in Latin markets and some supermarket chains do carry them too. They will either come packaged in a round tin or plastic container, or sometimes in a long brick.
Pastelitos de Guayaba
recipe adapted from Hispanic Kitchen


1 package of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets
Guava paste, 1/3 of a 14 oz package
4 oz Cream cheese

Cut the guava paste and cream cheese into 1 inch pieces. Set aside.

Lightly dust a clean, smooth surface with flour. Roll out the thawed pastry dough. Have a small cup 
of water handy to moisten the edges if needed.

Cut the dough into nine squares. (18 if you are using both sheets of dough).

Place a piece of guava and a piece of cream cheese on each square.

Take the corner of each square and fold it over, forming a triangle. Press down on the edges so 
the triangle stays closed. 

Place all pastelitos on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until golden.

17 comments:

USA Kiwi (Kylee) said...

Ya had me at "pastries"

yum!

Heather McDougle said...

That looks delicious! I love guava!

AMBER EDWARDS said...

That just looks and sounds delicious! I wonder where I can find some Guava! our store is so not culture friendly.

Cindy Batchelor said...

Oh wow those look so yummy! Thanks for sharing! xo xo

Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack said...

I have never heard of guava paste but ti sounds good.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Anything with cheese in makes me want to try it! Thank you :) x

Savannah said...

those look so good!

TerinAleah said...

I'm not a fan of cream cheese, but this looks yummy!

The Mommy-Files said...

Oh my gosh these sound amazing! I will definitely have to give these a try. Thanks so much for sharing!

Ourfamilyworld said...

Oh wow, those look amazing!! I love cream cheese. I love pastries! Oh goodness, I just love the whole thing!

Jennifer Medeiros said...

Those pastries look really fresh and soft!

Brynn @ MommyDigger.com said...

These look delicious! The recipe sounds simple too, love that!

Ondria Witt said...

Oh, my goodness- those look absolutely amazing! We eat breakfast around 9 am on Saturdays... ;)

Rondi said...

These look super YUMMY!! I can't wait to try them great recipe!

That Girl said...

I'm so glad you warned us about Ice Cream Day tomorrow. We had ice cream (well, frozen yogurt) last night, but I'll have to make sure to include some tomorrow too.

Renae C. said...

Oooh, those look good! I just might have to give them a try! I just made some applesauce banana bread, but this will have to go on my list to make as well! Thanks for the recipe!

Filipino Beef Recipes said...

Wonder how it tastes, guava paste and cream cheese? Very interesting, it looks delicious too!

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