Lauren’s Cuban Guava Pastries (Pastelitos de Guayaba)

There are many people who think dessert is the bane of modern life. These people are silly. Isn’t dessert the reason we eat dinner in the first place?  A means to a end? Among desserts, my lovely friend Lauren has enlightened me to the existence of one that is fast becoming a personal favorite, Guava Pastries. These puppies are easy and if you do them correctly you’ll never be want for friends again. Straight outta Miami, Dale!

Parchment paper or aluminum foil
1 Package Puff Pastries
1 cup guava paste
Egg wash: 
2 TBSP Water
1 egg separated (use whites and save yolk)
3/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk beaten
3 TBSP sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Simple syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup water

Well I’ll be honest with you the hard part here is going be FINDING the guava paste. Lauren says the only place she’s been able to find it is Florida. So if you’re not 80 years old and a fan of buffets look to your nearest Latin or Asian grocery store (if in Seattle Uwajimaya.)

First mix filling ingredients together in a big ass bowlbatterjunkie-2Then arrange 3 sheets of puff pastry down and cut the guava paste into thin slices. Arrange the slices on the puff so they leave a good inch all around the edge. You’ll see why later, keep your shirt on…or don’t, whatever. Spring Break!

I also recommend getting a friend to encourage you while standing safely out of harm’s way, drinking wine. Thanks Audrey.batterjunkie-4Using a pastry brush spread the egg wash on the 1 inch edge you have left on the sides of the crust. Then spread the filling goop on top of the guava paste.

After that you wanna lay another layer of puff pastry over the top and crimp the pastry sheets together at the edges using a fork to seal in the lovely goodness. batterjunkie-7 Lauren recommends putting down parchment paper or foil on the baking sheet and in this case I must strongly and whole heartedly agree. I am still cleaning up simple syrup all around my kitchen. Place the little bundle sexy guava joy onto the parchment paper and make sure it is crimped all the way around.  Then brush the whole surface with the egg wash. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes. batterjunkie-8Remove the pastry from the oven and glaze the top with the simple syrup you have. Place it back in the oven for 7-10 minutes. Remove it again and repeat the process. You will do this approximately 4-5 times until the glaze is brown and puff pastry is cooked. batterjunkie-1Serve warm and cut into pieces. This is great hot and amazing the next day.
Buen Provecho!

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