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Cuban pastelitos (puff pastry turnovers) with guava and cream cheese
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Pastelitos de Queso y Guayaba (Guava and Cheese Pastries)

A common Latino flavor combination, guava and cheese is the perfect filling for sweet turnovers or pastries. The balance of sweet-tart guava and creamy mild cheese is truly magical!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chilling Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban, Puerto Rican
Servings: 18 pastries
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Victoria

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry dough thawed (from one 17 ¼-ounce package)
  • 1 large whole egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Cheese Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon orange blossom water

Guava Filling:

  • 8 ounces guava paste cut into chunks
  • 2 teaspoons orange or lime juice

Glaze:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions

  • In a mixer or food processor, bear together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and orange blossom water until light and fluffy.
  • In a food processor or blender, add the guava pasta and orange or lime juice and process until smooth.
  • Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Roll out the first sheet of pastry on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch square, ⅛-inch thick. Using a small knife or pastry wheel, cut the dough to measure out 9 squares, 4-by-4-inches each. Add a scant tablespoon of guava topped with scant tablespoon of cream cheese filling, off center, to each square. Brush the egg wash around the filling, fold the pastry into a triangle, and seal. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling. Transfer the filled pastries to the prepared baking sheets and refrigerate until firm, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • While the pastries chill, preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare the glaze by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.
  • Brush the tops of the chilled pastries with egg wash, then bake until lightly golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking time to ensure even browning.
  • Remove from the oven and brush pastries with the simple syrup. Allow the pastries to rest for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

Notes

Adapted from The Cuban Table

Nutrition

Serving: 1pastry | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 13g