Marta’s Homemade Pastelitos de Guayaba (Cuban Guava Pastries)

October 28, 2020 Updated: October 28, 2020

Marta’s Homemade Pastelitos de Guayaba (Cuban Guava Pastries)

When Marta Darby needs her “pastelitos fix,” but can’t make the drive to Porto’s Bakery, the Cuban-born, California-based blogger behind “My Big Fat Cuban Family” puts together her own version of the pastries at home. She uses easily accessible, store-bought ingredients: Pepperidge Farm puff pastry, guava paste, and Philadelphia cream cheese.

Makes 9 pastelitos

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry sheets (such as Pepperidge Farm)
  • 1 bar guava paste (available at most Latin markets)
  • 1 package cream cheese (optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper so the guava won’t stick.

Thaw the puff pastry according to package directions. Cut the guava paste into 1/4-inch slices.

Unfold one of the puff pastry sheets and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Mentally divide the the pastry sheet into a 3-by-3 grid, so that you have 9 squares, and place two slices of guava in the center of each square (18 slices total).

Distribute slices of guava paste on a sheet of puff pastry. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Place a slice of cream cheese on top of each pair of guava slices, if using.

Top the guava paste with cream cheese. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Unfold the second pastry sheet and place on top of the guava paste and cream cheese. Cut into 9 squares and score the tops of each 2 to 3 times.

Cover with the second sheet of puff pastry, cut into squares, and score the tops. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Brush with egg wash.

Brush with egg wash for a golden brown finish. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly (the filling will be very hot!) and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Marta Darby of My Big Fat Cuban Family