Hello everyone and FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!
I’m so excited to take on 2018 and show you guys the content I’ve been coming up with! Get ready for a year full of outfit guides, beauty tips and make up looks that’ll keep you glowing harding than Cardi B in 2017!
All of this finessing makes me super hungry and I’ve been missing Miami like crazy lately. Mainly because NYC has been colder than a freezer and I…just…can’t.
I was inspired to whip up my favorite Cuban treat, pastelitos de guayaba y queso (guava and cheese pastries) and after perusing Pinterest I discovered Jamie from A Sassy Spoon! She’s a food blogger from Miami with Cuban roots and delicious Latino inspired recipes that I’m dying to try out! Her Pastelito de Guayaba + Queso recipe was really simple to follow, and she linked a video of another amazing Cubana blogger Marta Darby demonstrating the process. There was no reason not to do it at this point!
I figured I could change a few things to make this treat vegan. Yup, that’s right, I’m trying to do the vegan thing. I’m lactose intolerant and all the Netflix food documentaries I’ve seen about the American meat industry has made me say “Why not?”. I don’t think I’ll be missing out on much since most of my friends are already vegan and they seem to be making things work. Like mi amiga Colombiana Jessica who runs Vegan Turned On, a food blog that shows how easy it is to veganize typical Latino dishes, like this Arroz con Pollo recipe that i’m definitely trying out this week 😋
Substituting the cream cheese and egg wash for “cream cheese” style spread and maple syrup was a crazy experiment, but the end result was AMAZING! The puff pastry was chewy rather than flaky on top and the vegan cream cheese was the perfect replacement. Next time, I would add a thinner wash of maple syrup and stuff more “cream cheese”!
Guava Paste cut into 18 thin rectangular slices
Daiya Vegan Cream Cheese Style Spread
Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry (CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS IS VEGAN?!)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- After thawing the puff pastry for 40 minutes, fold out one of the sheets on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- You’re going to be making 9 pastries in total, so place 2 slices of guava paste for each 1/3 of a 1/3 fold. If you’re confused by this, check out Marta Darby’s video on how to assemble Here.
- Put a spoonful of “cream cheese” on top of the guava paste.
- Place the other pastry sheet on top and cut into 9 squares. Cut 3 small lines into each square.
- Wash a thin layer of maple syrup on top.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and then buen provecho! You just got breakfast, snacks and dessert all in one recipe!
If you try out the recipe, don’t forget to tag me @TheMelDez so I can check out your creations!
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