Pastelitode De Queso: Cuban Puff Pastry With Cream Cheese

Recipe by Food.com
READY IN: 3hrs 25mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 5
    lbs high-gluten flour, plus more for dusting (bread flour)
  • 1 12
    liters water
  • 4
    ounces pork fat
  • 1 12
    ounces salt
  • 2 12
    lbs margarine, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1
    cup sugar
  • 13 14
    ounces cream cheese
  • coffee with milk, for serving (cafe con leche)

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine and mix the flour, water, pork lard and salt. Mix until the dough is not sticky but not firm (do not over mix), finger should leave a dent. Place the dough on a large, floured work surface. Using hands, stretch the dough out into a large, even rectangle. Spread the cubes of margarine evenly on top. Vertically fold each end to meet in the middle. Overlapping, in thirds, fold horizontally. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1 1/2 inches thick. Fold into thirds vertically and then again horizontally. Transfer to a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Once rested, transfer the dough to a floured work surface and roll out to a 1-inch thick rectangle. Dust off any excess flour and repeat the folds, 4 folds in total. Transfer to a baking tray, wrap and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Lay the dough on a sugared work surface. Sprinkle the rest of the sugar on top of the dough. Roll the dough out to a 3/4-inch thick rectangle. Make sure to press the sugar into the dough. Cut the dough into 3-inch squares. Place a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese in each center. Wet the dough's edges with water. Fold one corner into the cream cheese and continue to roll like a cigar. Press 3 fingers flat on top of the pastry. Place in the oven for until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve with a cafe con leche.