There aren’t many Puerto Ricans in the UK, even though I have found a few (it’s true what they say, we ARE like white rice – everywhere!). However, I am determined to bring over several of our most delectable deserts and dishes because they are simply wonderful. Here’s a simple but tasty pastry recipe for a Puerto Rican party treat: Guava Pastries, or as we call them Pastelillos de Guayaba.
The main problem with this recipe is that it is impossible to find guava paste in the UK, or at least in Liverpool. If anyone finds any, please let me know and I will make the necessary corrections here. Nonetheless, you can still try this recipe with any kind of fruit paste and it should be just as delicious.
- 1 sheet of Puff-Pastry
- guava paste cut into cubes (about the width of a fingertip) [if using another fruit paste, then about 1/4 teaspoon should probably do it]
- confectioner’s sugar [called ‘icing sugar’ in the UK]
- 1 beaten egg
- Heat oven to 375F (190C, Gas Mark 5)
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper (cookie baking paper)
- Cut the puff pastry into 2×2 or 3×3 inch squares
- Brush each square with a little bit of the beaten egg
- In the center of each square, place the guava cube
- Fold and seal the pastry over the guava using your fingers to make sure the edges are sealed
- Brush again lightly with remains of beaten egg
- Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown (be careful they don’t burn)
- Place the pastries on a wire rack and let cool
- Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
This is a very light pastry desert, so it’s perfect for parties and large groups. It’s one of my favorite ‘finger foods’; back home I have a tendency to park myself beside the food trays and stuff myself on them. It really is the guava that makes them so good, in my opinion, but like I said, it should work well with any other fruit paste.