These pastelitos are Cuban puff pastries filled with guava and cheese. Just 4 ingredients make these Guava Cheese Pastries come to life! Say hello to your soon-to-be favorite dessert!
A few months ago, I was on the phone with my friend, JennyLee, talking about blog stuff and food. Story of my life.
JennyLee says, “You should tag Marta Darby on the Maria cookie truffles pic.”
“Ay no, que pena!” I said.
Little ol’ me tagging Marta Darby, author of the My Big, Fat, Cuban family blog.
She probably wouldn’t even care about this. Naturally, I ignored my brain and did it anyway.
To my surprise, not only did she like AND comment on the photo, she reposted it too!
Suddenly my analytics were going crazy and I realized it was because she had ALSO shared the Maria cookie truffles recipe on her Facebook page!
This OG blogger was reposting and loving MY posts. Mine. Little ol’ me!?
Celebrity status, mi gente. Oh yeah!
Watch out, JLo!
Not only has she brought us some awesomely relatable content about growing up in a Cuban family which I completely understand and empathize with, she’s been incredibly supportive of me and this blog. For that, I will forever be grateful. *heart emoji*
She’s never met me in person but there’s something about the Cuban connection. It’s hard to explain.
We just get each other!
This month she’s celebrating 10 years of blogging! 10!
That’s a long time these days. Where were you 10 years ago? Exactly. She was blogging her life away and growing what you know today as the epitome of Cuban blogs.
To celebrate this milestone, it’s only natural that I make pastelitos de guayaba using the quick and easy hack she showed us not too long ago on her blog. Try not to dance to the music on the video. TRY. Bet you’re dancing right now. I see you!
Do you remember the first time you tried a pastelito? I don’t. I’m sure I was an toddler though…and I’m sure I loved it!
To this day, pastelitos de guayaba (or guava) is my favorite pastry. I don’t even need the cheese! Flaky crust filled with smooth, fruity guava. Mmmm. It’s the most iconic part of a Cuban breakfast! (Aside from ham croquetas, of course.)
This was my first time ever making pastelitos as I’ve never had to make them before. I’m very fortunate to live in Miami where Cuban pastries are as abundant as the Cubans that live here. There’s a Cuban bakery on literally every corner!
You want croquetas or pastelitos? Just drive a block and find a bakery hidden in a corner. Sometimes the temptation is real, my friends.
Making these were beyond easy (which is dangerous too). Just 4 ingredients using puff pastry sheets, guava paste, cream cheese and an egg to seal the deal.
Never had I received such a huge response from anything else I’ve posted on Snapchat til I posted this deliciousness. Seriously, everyone asked for a care package. Funny, my friends can all get these ANYWHERE here in Miami but for some reason, nothing beats “homemade”.
I hope you make these and you LOVE them!
And a BIG congrats to My Big, Fat, Cuban Family on 10 years of blog awesomeness!
These pastelitos are Cuban puff pastries filled with guava and cheese. Just 4 ingredients make these Guava Cheese Pastries come to life!
- 1 package puff pastry sheets
- 1 package guava paste
- 1 package cream cheese optional
- 1 egg whisked
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Thaw the puff pastry according to package directions, usually about 30 minutes.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and unfold one of the pastry sheets.
- Cut guava into thin slices. Place 6 slices per pastry sheet fold about 1-2 inches apart (you'll have 18 slices total on the entire pastry sheet). Add cream cheese over guava paste slices (optional).
- Unfold the second pastry sheet and place it over the other one that now has the guava paste slices. Cut into 9 squares and score the tops of each one. No need to divide the squares. Leave everything intact.
- Brush egg wash on each one to get that flaky crust. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from my friend, Marta Darby, at My Big, Fat, Cuban Family.