When I was pregnant with my darling Little B all I could think about was devouring some guava pastelillos.
This flaky, buttery, sweat treat is my favorite Puerto Rican pastry. It’s incredibly hard to find in the States (especially if you don’t live in a Hispanic area like Miami). So what’s a pregnant girl to do? That’s when having amazing girlfriends comes in handy!
Once they knew about my craving I received packet upon packet of guava paste in the mail just so I could make guava pastelillos at home. Thank you ladies, you know who you are!
If, like me, you are a boricua abroad this recipe will bring the flavors of the island back to your life.
If you’ve never tried guava pastelillos before, I promise you will love this recipe. Let’s get started:
Guava Pastelillos Recipe
one box of puff pastry (containing 2 sheets of puff pastry)
guava paste (either the one in a box or can)
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Roll out the puff pastry. Cut each sheet into nine equal slices.
Place a generous slice of guava paste on half of slices of puff pastry. Top with the remaining pieces of dough. Do not flatten or press the edges together.
Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes (this will help them puff up nicely)
Bake until golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool on a baking rack like I’ve done here:
Then dust with powdered sugar before serving.
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