In Puerto Rico, guava pastries (Pastelillos de Guayaba) are a staple in any Bakery around the island. I will say that is like the doughnuts in the US. If there is a bakery or a bakery section in a grocery store, there they are.
It is my husband’s favorite and when we moved to South Carolina we were no able to find them anywhere. Not even in the Mexican Bakery, the only Latin Bakery around. My husband was not a happy camper. He eats one every night with a glass of milk, like for ever….
Then, I remembered that one of my teammates in tennis, Palmira, always brought them to the matches and I decided to call her. She was kind enough to share this easy recipe with me. My husband is in debt with her.
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I thought these were available only in Puerto Rico but I was soooo wrong! My friends from Colombia love them. They call them “pastelitos” and they are common in their bakeries too. Who knows if they are famous in many other places…
They are so easy to make that you would not believe it! Only 4 ingredients, a cookie sheet and parchment paper and voila, you got Guava Pastries.
This is not a traditional Puertorrican recipe but is one that a lot of people enjoy. At least he people I know. Easy to make and only 3 ingredients and a little water.
If you have a good recipe and know how to make puff pastry, use your recipe to make this Guava Pastries. It is possible that with your recipe you can stuff them before baking. It will depend on your recipe. For this one I used frozen Puff Pasty. Let it thaw for about 15 minutes, it still needs to be cold in order to properly manage it.
Once is ready, unfold and add just a little bit of flour to a flat surface and rolling pin. Roll it just to flatten it.
Pre-heat the oven to 400 F
Shape the Guava Pastries …
You can use a pizza cutter or a small knife to cut the dough to the size you need. If you are going to serve it as dessert, then cut each sheet in 9 pieces. If you are going to serve them as mini desserts or finger food, then cut the dough in the size of your preference. I cut them approximately 1″x 1″.
Be careful …
Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until they start o change color as below. You need to be sure they don’t over-cook or burn.
Once out of the oven, arrange them in a cooling rack and let it cool until you can manage them.
The guava paste stuffing…
You are going to use about 8-10 ounces of guava paste. More or less a 4″ x 2″ piece. It will depend on how big you cut the pastries and the amount you want to add to them. Guava paste is very sweet. Dice the guava paste, add with 2 teaspoons of water into a cup or small microwave container. Cook for 30 seconds.
With a fork mash the guava paste and the water until you get a hard paste consistency. If it is too hard to mash, add a little more water and microwave for 15 seconds. Mash with the fork.
This time I got to use total of 1 tablespoon of water.
With a small knife, partially cut the pastries in the middle of the growth trying not to cut it completely, if you cut it, nothing happened! Add a small amount of the paste to each of the pastry cut using a small spoon or a pastry bag and close it.
Arrange it back in the cooling rack..
A final touch …
Using a sifter distribute the sugar over the pastries moving it around until they are completely covered.
It’s time to taste them… MMM! My favorite part and my test engineer’s too
They can be served immediately or keep them in a closed container to eat them in the next couple of days. If you are to save them longer, place them covered in the refrigerator.
In my house… they don’t last more than two days.
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