Pastelillos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries) are a delectable treat that are perfect for a scrumptious dessert, breakfast or snack. Made with just 3 simple ingredients! Don’t forget the coffee!
Pastelillos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries) are by far my favorite Puerto Rican pastry ever! Anyone who knows me knows that pastelillos are it for me!!
And if you have never had them before, then you will be so pleasantly surprised that a treat this simple is so good! You’re in for one of the greatest treats you will ever have.
But if you have had pastelillos before then you know why I love them! But if you have never made them before, you will not believe how incredibly easy pastelillos de guayaba are to make!
All you need are 3 ingredients and within 20 minutes you will be eating one of the best pastries you will have ever had.
They are perfect as a dessert, breakfast or snack.
What is Guayaba
Guayaba or Guava comes from the guava fruit tree and grows in the tropics and subtropics regions. It is a sweet fruit and highly used in Latin cuisine.
From sauces, candy, desserts to drinks, guava certainly has it’s place in Latin cuisine.
Guava paste (what we will be using in this recipe)
Guava paste is a thick puree made from the guava fruit and is usually sold in a round tin can or small and large blocks. The paste itself has a very dense texture, thick and is a dark red brownish color.
Due to the density of the guava paste, the paste is usually cut up or sliced when served.
What Does Guava Taste Like
If you have never tasted guava paste it taste like a rich sweet jam. I’ve heard it compared to a cross between a pear and strawberry as well as a cross between a strawberry and raspberry.
Personally the taste is so original and delicious, it’s hard to say but I can promise you it is delicious and my absolute favorite.
Other Names for Guava
In different parts of the world guava is known by different names.
For example in Puerto Rico and Cuba it is known as guayaba or guava.
In Portuguese speaking countries it is known as “Goiabada” and in Colombia and Venezuela it is known as “bocadillo de guayaba,” in the Philippines as “babayas” and “bayaras” in Bangladesh.
Guava may be known by many different names but just as delicious anywere!
Where to buy guava paste?
You can find guava paste in the Latin section of your local supermarket, Hispanic market or you can also purchase it from Amazon.
Believe me it’s totally worth it if you cannot find it in your local supermarket to order it online. You will not regret it for this delicious treat!
Ingredients to Make Pastelillos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries)
To make these delicious buttery flaky pastries stuffed with guayaba you only need:
- puff pastry
- guava paste
- confectioners sugar (optional but in my opinion would taste the same as)
How to Make Pastelillos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries)
First thaw out the puff pastry.
Cut the guava paste (pasta de guayaba) into slices.
Lay one puff pastry (two puff pastry sheets come to a box) on a cutting board or baking sheet and top with guava paste. Three guava pieces across and three guava pieces down in columns.
Top with the other puff pastry sheet.
Cut the puff pastry into 9 squares.
Place individual squares on a baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees or until beautifully golden, flaky and puffy.
Transfer pastelillos to a wire rack to cool. Once they have cooled sprinkle confectioners sugar on top.
If you have extra guava left, simply wrap in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.
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Pastelillos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries)
- 1 package puff pastry
- guava paste
- confectioners sugar
- Thaw out the puff pastry.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the guava paste (pasta de guayaba) into slices. About a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half each slice.
- Lay one puff pastry (two puff pastry sheets come to a box) on a cutting board or baking sheet and top with guava paste. Three guava pieces across and three guava pieces down in columns.
- Top with the other puff pastry sheet.
- Cut the puff pastry into 9 equal squares.
- Place individual squares on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until beautifully golden, flaky and puffy.
- Transfer pastelillos to a wire rack to cool. Once they have cooled sprinkle confectioners sugar on top.