Pastel Hawaiano (Hawaiian Pastries)

by Erica Dinho on June 1, 2014

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Pastel Hawaiano (Hawaiian Pastries)

Pastel Hawaiano was one of my favorite pastries as a child in Colombia. To this day, eating it reminds me of my school days as a girl. Our school cafateria would serve Pastel Hawaiano for lunch along with Palitos de Queso and Empanadas Colombianas. Great memories!

Pastel Hawaiano (Hawaiian Pastries)

These Pasteles Hawaianos are a staple in school cafeterias, cafés and panaderias (bakeries) in Colombia. The crust is flaky and buttery, and the filling is sweet a salty. A great combination of flavors and textures.

Pastel Hawaiano (Hawaiian Pastries)

They are wonderful for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack with coffee or tea. And the best part is that they are super easy to make, providing you use frozen puff pastry like I did. Frozen puff pastry is a life saver for somebody like me who doesn’t love to bake from scratch.

Buen provecho!

Pastel Hawaiano (Hawaiian Pastries)



  • 1 package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 cup cooked ham, diced
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, diced or grated
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 2 eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water

Pastel Hawaiano (Hawaiian Pastries)


  1. Preheat an oven to 400°F.
  2. Roll out each puff pastry sheet until it measures about 10 by 12 inches. Cut each pastry sheet into 12 almost-square pieces. Top each piece with cheese, pineappple and ham.
  3. Brush the edges of the pastry pieces with egg mixture, then fold each piece in half. Press the edges together to seal.
  4. Place the pasteles on a baking sheet, spacing them about 1/2 inch apart. Brush the tops with the egg mixture.
  5. Bake the pasteles until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve.
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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Devon June 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I’m so jealous! This is what they served in your cafeteria at school? In my suburb outside of Boston pineapples came in a plastic cup not a flakey pastry. So yum.


2 Mama Londres June 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Mmmmmm q rico!

I think I’ll make these for my family soon xxx


3 Norma Torres June 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

In Venezuela our Nana would make these for us…using queso del pais. I want some.


4 ela@GrayApron June 2, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Very nice! They must taste fantastic! Would be popular around the house here…

ela h.


5 grace June 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

what an interesting and delicious way to use puff pastry! these are terrific, erica!


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