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Picture above shows Cuban Guava Pastries, a delicious, flaky pastry filled with guava paste. This pastry goes excellent with a Cafecito (Cuban Espresso).
¡Qué rico! Guava pastries have become a household favorite of our’s ever since I had my first taste of these heavenly treats while living in Florida. This recipe is quick and simple, and taste just like the guava pastries you will find in a Cuban restaurant.
We highly suggest that you enjoy this recipe with a Cafecito (a Cuban espresso made with Sugar). Our personal favorite coffee brand for making this coffee is La Llave, which can be found in your local Latin grocery store, Publix’s, or on Amazon.
Click here to learn how to make a Cafecito at home!
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Ingredients (Serving-6 Pastries)
Steps 1, 2 & 3: Remove the pastry sheets from the freezer and let thaw for 10-15 minutes. Note: Do not let the sheets thaw too long or the dough will mold together.
Preheat the oven to 375 ºF.
In a small bowl, add sugar and water. Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds, then let cool down to room temperature. In a separate small bowl, beat one egg, then add the cooled sugar water. Set aside.
Step 4: With a pizza cutter or knife, carefully cut the pastry sheets into 12 pieces (about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide).
Steps 5, 6, 7: Prepare a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease the foil with 1 tablespoon of butter. Transfer 6 of the cut pastry sheets to the baking pan about 1 inch apart.
Next, add 1-2 tablespoons of guava paste to the center of the dough. Note: The guava paste will be thick and may need to be cut into thin long pieces.
Steps 8 & 9: Place the remaining pastry sheets over the initial sheets now filled with guava paste and gently press down on all sides to close any gaps.
With a basting brush, lightly coat the pastries with the sugary egg wash. With a knife, cut 3 diagonal slits on the top each pastry. Lastly, sprinkle each pastry with a pinch of sugar.
Step 10: Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops have become golden brown.