Pastel Gloria (Guava, Dulce de Leche and Cheese Pastry)

by Erica Dinho on June 4, 2010

pasteles Gloria

Today I would like to introduce one of my favorite traditional Colombian desserts. Which, conveniently, is also ridiculously easy to make. I have no idea how Pastel Gloria got its name, but it is a popular dessert in my country. It is essentially a puff pastry filled with dulce de leche, guava paste and cheese. What’s not to like here?

Buen provecho!



(12 Pastelitos)

  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sugar for garnish
  • 4 oz guava paste, sliced
  • 4 oz white or mozarella cheese, sliced
  • 4 oz dulce de leche


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Pasteles Gloria Step 1

  3. Flour a clean, dry counter top or other flat working surface. Lay out the puff pasty on the floured surface. Flour the top of the dough. Roll out the puff pastry until it is half as thick (about 1/8-inch).
  4. Pasteles Gloria Step 2

  5. sing a large cookie cutter, cut into 24 circles and brush the edges of each circle with the egg. A little off center of each circle, place 1 slice of guava paste, 1 slice of cheese and about 1/2 tablespoon dulce de leche. Place another circle on top to enclose the filling.
  6. pasteles Gloria Step3

  7. Crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat with the remaining pasteles, placing them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet as you go. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.
  8. astelitos de Guayaba,Arequipe and Cheese

  9. Sprinkle with the sugar on top, then cool the pasteles on a rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  10. Pastelitos Gloria

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Felisha June 4, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Looks heavenly, Erica!


2 Ivy June 4, 2010 at 11:00 AM

I’ve never tasted guava before but you can’t go wrong with puff pastry. It sounds good.


3 gloria June 4, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I love it Erica and I love guavas (sometimes I find here frozen) and the name….. Is a joke!!! look delicious!! gloria


4 Lyndsey June 4, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I made guava cheese turnovers using puff pastry just on Tuesday! I like that you added dulce de leches! I do have a little guava paste left over….these do looks so good!!


5 5 Star Foodie June 4, 2010 at 12:57 PM

These sound wonderful with guava paste and dulce de leche! I will try this combo right away!


6 Nats June 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

They look so good! I used to have these back in Medellin as a kid in elementary school.


7 Belinda @zomppa June 4, 2010 at 3:21 PM

I can’t think of anything not to like here. Three of some of my favorite flavors.


8 Cooking with Kait June 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM

What a lovely cheese pastry. I love your use of guava. We are going to plant some guavas in our yard this summer. I can’t wait to make a guava jam. Thank you for introducing me to a wonderful Colombian dessert.


9 Rachana June 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

These sound so delicious…


10 Erica June 4, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment!


11 Sandra G. June 4, 2010 at 7:39 PM

There are no words! I have to make this one!


12 Kim June 4, 2010 at 7:48 PM

I was just sent some guava paste from another blogging buddy and am looking for recipes to try it out with. These look might tasty and addictive, Erica!! I bet it is hard to eat just one of them :)


13 Baking is my Zen June 4, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Looks delicious! Yum, Yum!!


14 Jeannie June 5, 2010 at 12:16 AM

I have always assumed guava is a kind of fruit which we eat fresh on its own. I have never came across this kind of guava paste. Looks delicious with the pastry.

Btw, thanks for visiting my blog:D Cheers!


15 grace June 5, 2010 at 4:53 AM

for a minute, i feared you wouldn’t share a picture of the innards. what a relief to see that ooey-gooey goodess–great creation! :)


16 Joanne June 5, 2010 at 7:55 AM

You are so good at making me drool uncontrollably it’s unbelievable. These look amazing! I love that filling.


17 tasteofbeirut June 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I had heard of this pastel, but did not know how to make it! Looks and sounds irresistible!


18 Anna June 5, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Oh Erica, You combined all my favorite things in on place. Yummmmmmm. Looks “glorious” LOL.


19 Sophie June 5, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Waw,…Erica!! What beautiful stuffed pasteles!!

Qué pasteles magníficas! Están deliciosos!

MMMMMMMMMM,..saludos de Bruselas!!


20 norma June 6, 2010 at 7:20 AM

We have one in Puerto Rico too Right now I am waiting for my coffee to perk and not even a “huevo” in my fridge. These are making my mouth water. Wish I had one right now.


21 Angie's Recipes June 6, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Guava and dulce de leche with puff pastry….o..that just sounds irresistible.


22 Faith June 6, 2010 at 2:16 PM

This sounds fantastic, Erica! It looks so impressive too…it’s the perfect dessert! :)


23 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen June 6, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Wow, this looks so good. One of my best friends is from Colombia and she said something about putting cheese in hot cocoa too. Sounds good to me!


24 Erica June 6, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Thank you guys :)


25 Stella June 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Hola Erica! Es bueno encontrarte aqui en la red. Espero que estes bien esta noche…
This sweet sounds wonderful by the way. I always buy guava paste at the store. It is really popular here in Florida. I might have to try this…


26 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best June 6, 2010 at 10:38 PM

This looks dangerous! I used to eat jam filled pastries all of the time, and this looks like something I would go crazy over.


27 Oysterculture June 6, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Oh my, you are trying to get me in trouble with all these delicious sounding recipes. This one looks heavenly!


28 Cynthia June 7, 2010 at 6:22 PM

This is pure decadence! You are really tempting me here.


29 Lori June 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM

I’ve had dulce de leche and guava and cheese, but never all three together! Sounds good and the pastry looks great too.


30 Hannah June 9, 2010 at 12:53 AM

I’d like to think I’d make this, but I know that whenever I get my hands on dulce de leche, it always gets devoured straight from the jar with a spoon :D That stuff is liquid gold! Maybe one day I’ll resist temptation and make this, though…


31 Jillian June 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Yum! :)
Is it possible to prep the pastries and then freeze/refrigerate them to bake later?
BTW: I am making the popsicle recipes this weekend!


32 Erica June 25, 2010 at 1:01 PM



33 Respondon December 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

These were fantastic. I prepped the the day before and refrigerated them, which was no problem. They came out perfectly. Don’t each any guava pastries straight from the oven! The sugar content makes them way too hot to eat.


34 Respondon January 25, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Also works great with long rolls. Take a typical puff pastry box of two sheets pre-folded in threes, cut into the six sections and roll out to 1/8 inch thickness, and make three long rolls.


35 Valeria May 10, 2011 at 11:43 PM

OMG!!!! tengo que hacer estos ASAP! thank you for the recipe!!!


36 debi May 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I have a Columbian ESL student. For our end-of-the-year class, I invited him and his family to dinner. These pastries were the #1 hit.
I used many of the recipes on this site for the meal I served. There were very few things that weren’t a delight to them.

Thank you so much!


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