My absolute favorite desserts are the ones that are the simplest and easiest to prepare. The kind that can be whipped up in thirty minutes or less from start to finish.
These delicious pastries filled with guava paste, known as pastelitos de guayaba, are a popular Latin dessert that you’ll find in many Latin bakeries (panaderias) around the world.
In Colombia, we make these pastelitos with guava paste alone, and sometimes we add white cheese to the filling. Either way, they are absolutely fantastic! We also have another variation called pasteles gloria. Get ready… those are filled with guava paste, cheese, and dulce de leche!
When it comes to sweets, it doesn’t take much to please me. Give me a couple of pastelitos de guayaba with a cup of black coffee for dessert or a snack and I will be delighted. Buen provecho!
Pastelitos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries)
- 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp sugar for garnish
- 4 oz guava paste, sliced
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- 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 ⅛-inch).
- Using 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. Place another circle on top to enclose the filling.
- Crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat with the remaining pastelitos, placing them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet as you go. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.