All the flavors of authentic guava pastelitos without all the work. My no-bake guava pastelito tarts are not only easy to make they are impressive for entertaining.
No-Bake Guava Pastelito Tarts
I was recently in Miami for a week to attend and teaching a photography panel for the Hispanicize conference. We drove up as a family, so after the conference day wrapped, we would head out to enjoy Miami. One of the sweetest highlights of the Miami was all the amazing guava pastelitos. I ate my fill as they are impossible to find here in South Texas.
Pastelitos are a Latin American dessert mad with guava, cream cheese all wrapped in a delicate puff pastry and baked until crisp. In Miami, the local bakeries churn out batch after batch as customers cannot get enough of them. I can understand the addiction – the combination of tangy cream cheese and sweet guava paste is irresistible.
I recently had a craving for a guava pastelito, but – I had no want to crank on the oven when the temps outside were hitting 98 degrees, hello South Texas summer.
I decided to whip up a no-bake version of the famous guava pastelito. All the flavors of a pastelito – guava, cream cheese served in a flaky cup, no oven time. I blended cream cheese with sweetend condensed milk and vanilla to make a creamy cheesecake filling. The filling can be made a day in advance and spooned into shells before serving then add a spoonful of guava jam over the cheese filling.
You can use guava jam or guava paste, cut into tiny slivers or cubes. I used guava jam as it what I had on-hand. They make for a handy last-minute dessert and are ideal for entertaining.
No-Bake Guava Pastelito Tarts
Yield 30 Makes
All the flavors of authentic guava pastelitos without all the work. My no-bake guava pastelitos are not only easy to make they are impressive for entertaining.
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 boxes of Mini Baked phyllo shells (15 ct. Box)
Guava jam or guava paste, cut into tiny cubes
In an electric mixer beat cream cheese until smooth. Add condensed milk a little at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Beat in the lemon juice, if using and vanilla. Fill tart shells with filling and place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour. When ready to serve spoon guava jam or guava cubes over cheese filling.
Cheese filling can be made a day in advance.
Photos by Jason David Page.
Dale Dietzman says
As a Florida boy from Tampa, and a long time south Florida resident, I am personally a fan of the straight guava paste filling without the cheese. You can usually find a mixture of both available down here and I like the straight fruit. I can get the paste in any grocery store down here, and I have been thinking of just scooping it into the puff pastry “cupcake” shells and baking it that way, without the rest of the fuss.
Annita West says
Yay for a no bake simple dessert for South Texas summer! Now to get some guava jam. I think I’ll make some for the Fourth of July, using a blueberry topping for part of them for a red, white and blue dessert…not Hispanic but a South Texas combination of cultures.