CAO Bakery & Café, a South Florida chain of Cuban-American bakeries, is best known for its 30+ pastries and desserts, from chocolate to caramel, fruity or glazed; but it’s crown jewel is the pastelito. Buttery, flakey, sweet or savory, CAO’s pastelitos evoke the same feelings as the cafes themselves – warm, sweet and authentic.
Pastellitos are a mainstay of Cuban pastry cuisine and come in a variety of options from sweet to savory. Much like the Cuban sandwich is synonymous with Miami cuisine, pastellitos are the treat you can enjoy for breakfast, dessert or a mid-day pick-me-up.
Pastelitos de Guayaba y Queso (Guava and Cheese Pastries)
- One box of puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
- 2 oz. guayaba (see recipe below)
- 2 oz. cream cheese
- 1 egg beaten
- almíbar (see recipe below)
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Remove puff pastry from packaging and use the folded lines to cut each sheet into equal square-shaped slices. Set aside one sheet (half the squares).
- Squeeze a dollop of homemade guayaba on half the slices of puff pastry. Then add a small scoop of cream cheese directly on top of the guayaba.
- Top each square with the reserved pieces of puff pastry. Do not flatten or press the edges together.
- Brush the top of each pastry with egg wash. Make a small cut in the top of each pastry to allow heat to vent.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake until golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. While pastelitos are baking, make your almíbar.
- Remove from oven and immediately brush the top of each with a generous amount of almíbar.
- Allow to cool and enjoy.
- 2 oz. instant corn starch
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 2 cups natural guava pulp
- 1 cup water
- Red food coloring
- Combine instant corn starch and sugar into a mixer. Add guava pulp and mix on medium-low (speed 2) for 5 minutes.
- Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Add water and mix on medium-low for another 5 minutes. Add one drop of red food coloring and mix another 2 minutes on same speed.
- Pour mixture into a piping bag or Ziplock with a nickel-sized corner cut off.
- 4 cups of sugar
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cups of corn syrup
- Boil sugar and water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and pour into a mixer. Add corn syrup and mix on low speed for 15 mins.