Happy Fat Tuesday! Celia Cruz said it best…
¡LA VIDA ES UN CARNAVAL!
I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. My friends have visited and expressed their love for such a cultural and artistic city. I have yet to make that dream a reality but I will someday. For now I’ll celebrate Fat Tuesday with a sweet pastry recipe by Daisy Martinez in which one of my favorite exotic fruits is the star of the show – sweet and tangy guava!
Don’t worry, this recipe is bead free!
- 1 (1-pound) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut into 8 equal pieces
- 8 (1 by 1-inch) squares guava paste (about 4 ounces)
- 1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
- 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Sprinkle the sugar on your work surface to prevent the dough from sticking. Roll out each sheet of puff pastry to an 8 by 8-inch square. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut each sheet into 4 squares.
Make the turnovers: Set a pastry square in front of you with 1 of the corners pointing toward you. Place 1 piece of cream cheese diagonally over the center of the bottom of the square. Top with a piece of guava paste. Brush the edges of the square with beaten egg. Fold the upper half of the square over the filling to make a neat triangle. Crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat with the remaining turnovers, placing them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet as you go.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.
While the turnovers are baking, mix the confectioners’ sugar with the milk and vanilla, stirring to dissolve any lumps. Set aside.