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Let’s make Guava Strudel (Pastel de Guayaba)!

Guava Strudel (Pastel de Guayaba)!

Guava Strudel (Pastel de Guayaba)!

GUAVA STRUDEL- Made Popular by Cuban bakeries.
In the middle of this heatwave, I started craving a guava strudel. So, I crank up the AC apologize to the family for temporarily freezing them, and dreadely turn the oven on. Have you heard of a little pastry called refugiado? It is flaky, crunchy, buttery, and sweet from the guava filling. Usually, they have cheese and guava mixed in to give the savory and sweet combo, but just guava is also found in many bakeries. I had never even heard of it until 10 years ago, and I come from a country where guava is produced by the truckload. Guava fruit is eaten throughout South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and some tropical Asian countries. Some people just grab the fruit and eat it, but I always drank the juice made from it, eaten goiabada (in Portuguese) or goyabada (in Spanish), or had jam on freshly baked bread. Goiabada is a guava paste very popular in Brazil and it is often eaten with Queijo Minas, a cheese from a specific part of Brazil (State of Minas Gerais). I will be making these guava strudels with goiabada (guava paste) as it is the most economical and easiest to find exotic ingredient. I purchase my goiabada from Brazilian stores, but they are readily available in most Hispanic markets and online.
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Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: Brazilian, South American
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 pastries
Cost: $9



  • 1 box of puff pastry
  • 1/2 lb of guava paste cut into 1in x 2in x 1/2 in thick.
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Flour for dusting



  • Unroll the puff pastry on a well-floured board and roll it out to 8in x 12in rectangle.
    1 box of puff pastry, Flour for dusting
  • Cut the dough into 6 equal pieces 4in x 4in.
  • Place a piece of guava paste on one side of the pastry piece, fold the other side over.
    1/2 lb of guava paste cut into 1in x 2in x 1/2 in thick.
  • Beat the egg and use it as a binding element to seal the two sides of the pastry.
    1 egg beaten
  • Crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat until all pieces are completed.
  • Egg wash the top of the finished pastries and cut 3 small (about 1in long) vents on top.
    1 egg beaten
  • Sprinkle sugar on top.
    1 tbsp sugar
  • Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes until the desired golden brown color.


Cost: about $8-$9 (guava paste is around $4 and puff pastry can be found between $2-$5)
Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 pastries, 12 people, or 1 hungry husband. J/K
The verdict is that it tastes just like the bakery without the drive, lines, and expense.
PS: The pastry can be frozen prior to the baking step for about 3 months. Just bring it back to fridge temp and bake as normal.
PS2: Add cheese on top or bottom of the guava paste for a savory-sweet taste. Queso fresco is usually recommended.
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Guava Strudel (Pastel de Guayaba)

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