Recipe by NcMysteryShopper
This is a childhood favorite that conjures up memories of growing up as a gringa in South Florida and sitting in the open air Cuban Cafes and indulging on these sweet pastries! These pastries are wonderful with a café con leche!! They were a special treat that we were allowed to have on occasion for breakfast. It is actually one of the few things I actually miss about South Florida! The recipe is from Alex Garcia.
Top Review by MissTiff16
OMG! These are fantastic! And SOO easy to make!! I halved the recipe both times, first time I made them into triangles. The 2nd time I made them bite sized (perfect for a party) ~ To halve Recipe : 8 oz Cream Cheese. 2 Sticks Butter. 1 1/2 cups flour plus flour for rolling. Cut out dough with drinking glass and fill with a slightly heaping 1/2 teaspoon of guava paste. Pinch together edges with fork. Sprinkle with sugar. Makes 28-32 pasteles!! (cook pasteles closer to top rack in oven... I found some of the Large Pasteles weren't completely cooked). They turned out great either way ~ I prefer the smaller size because they're less messy and I can eat a ton! I think the only thing that would disagree with these tiny wonders are my hips!! :O) Thanks so much for posting! P.S. They freeze great too!! :O)
Directions See How It's Made
- Blend the cream cheese, butter and flour until well mixed; Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Roll out the dough into a 1/4-inch thick square; Cut the rolled dough into 16 to 20 squares.
- A little off center of each square, place 1 tablespoon guava paste.
- Fold the dough over the guava paste, forming a triangle; Press the edges shut.
- Place the pasteles onto a cookie sheet and sprinkle them with a thin layer of sugar.
- Bake until the pasteles are evenly browned, about 25 minutes.