My fabulous neighbor gave me a fabulous recipe for a tasty Cuban pastry. AND she hooked me up with the main ingredient: guava paste.
So, I'm not going to lie to you; this is basically a butter sandwich: buttery pastry bottom, gooey guava middle and another buttery pastry layer to top it of. Which means it's got to be unbelievably good, right? Right.
- 4c of flour
- 1 1/2c sugar
- 2T baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 4 eggs
- 3/4lbs (3 sticks) of butter (I know, right!?!)
- 2T shortening
- 1pkg guava paste
- Slice the guava paste into 1/4inch thick slices.
- Melt butter and shortening together.
- Sift together dry ingredients and then add the eggs, blending with a fork.
- Slowly add the butter/shortening and continue to just use a fork to blend it up. (The key to making this dough a success is not to over mix. Using a fork allows you to combine the ingredients to create a crumbly texture.)
- In a 9x13 pan spread out half of the batter. Just kind of crumble it into the pan and let it cover the bottom. Don't smash it down much.
- Lay the slices of guava paste on the batter. (Try to cover it all).
- Crumble the rest of the dough evenly over top of the mixture. Again don't smash too much.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes and let cool completely (a couple of hours).
Oooooo so crumbly and buttery! I got the Hili seal of approval when I took some next door for a taste-test. This is great for breakfast with a glass of milk (so I hear)...or for lunch, dinner, or dessert. If you can't find guava paste, I'm sure any thick jelly-type substance would do.