Pastelitos (Guava and Cream Cheese Pastries)
Pastelitos (Guava and Cream Cheese Pastries)
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    In Havana — and in Cuban neighborhoods across the U.S. — pastry shops make many types of cakes and cookies, but the best-sellers are always the pastels and pastelitos, flaky pastries filled with meat, cheese, coconut custard or guava jam. According to “Paladares: Recipes from the Private Restaurants, Home Kitchens, and Streets of Cuba” by Anya von Bremzen (Abrams, 2017), the shape of the pastel correlates with the filling: Triangular pastels are filled with guava paste and cheese, while rectangular ones are filled with just guava. Versailles, a Cuban restaurant in Miami, follows this rule, but at home, just make them rectangular, and add a swipe of cream cheese if desired. You can find guava paste in bricks at Latin American grocers, or swap in about 1/2 cup jam or preserves for a nontraditional take.

    Ingredients

    • 1 large egg
    • Pinch of kosher salt
    • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry (about 8 ounces each), defrosted and refrigerated
    • All-purpose flour, for rolling
    • 5 1/2 ounces/160 grams guava paste, cut into 8 even, rectangular slices, or 1/2 cup strawberry jam or other fruit jam or preserves
    • 3/4 cup/170 grams cream cheese, softened at room temperature (optional)
    • 2 tablespoons granulated or turbinado sugar

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