Pastelitos de Guava

Pastelitos de Guava

The combination of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy will delight your taste buds and your tummy. So why not eat a few. What the heck? Just do a few more crunches at the gym. It is certainly worth it! You can enjoy pastelitos de guava with a café con leche (espresso with milk) or on their own. They also make a handy last minute dessert to take to a party or an office breakfast.

I will be extremely honest with you and disclose the fact that I normally make my pastelitos de guava with store bought puff pastry. It makes the process so much easier, not to mention quicker. I find that making your own puff pastry is not only labor intensive, but it sometimes doesn’t turn out. It’s moody! I buy the Goya brand guava paste which my grocery store carries  in their Hispanic Food section. I want to stress that you should not use guava jelly. It won’t work. It will ooze out all over the place. Been there, done that!

Guava paste comes in a round tin. Don’t be freaked out by the round tin shape you will see upon opening the can. Try to put can-shaped cranberry sauce out of your mind! Taste and texture are completely different too. You can also use guava paste as an accompaniment to cheese (think Brie, or Farmer’s cheese).  I am currently experimenting to create other tasty recipes using guava paste. Give me a couple of weeks!

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