If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending a summer in Miami, it’s that guava is a favorite flavor of the locals here. I’ve seen it in everything from barbecue sauce to empanadas and it’s always delicious. So I decided to play homage to my new home away from home with a pastry that uses guava and cream cheese as a filling. And of course, it’s Mickey-shaped. I’m calling them Miami Mickey Munchies …because they’re Mickey Mouse pastries I’m a big nerd who enjoys alteration.
Ingredients for the Mickey Mouse Pastries:
- Cream Cheese
- Frozen Puff Pastry Dough
- Canned Guava Paste
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp water
- granular sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Thaw puff pastry dough following the instructions on the box and roll out half of it to about 1mm thick. Set the other half aside.
- Use cookie cutter to cut out Mickey Mouse pastry shapes. Spread a dollop of guava paste in to the center of each shape.Top with a bit of cream cheese. *I’m intentionally remaining vague with measurements here because how much guava or cream cheese you add will be determined by the size of your cookie cutter. The most important thing to remember is that both the cheese and guava paste will melt inside the pastry as it cooks so you want to leave enough room around the edges to be able to seal it completely.
- Roll out the remaining half of the dough and cut out shapes just like in the previous step. Take the new dough shapes and place one on top of each of the guava/cream cheese pieces. Use your fingers to pinch and seal the edges.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg and water. Lightly brush a thin layer of egg mixture over each pastry and lightly sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake 15 minutes on a baking sheet until pastries are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for about 2 minutes before serving. Serve warm.