Try these quick and easy hand pies, and add a little tropical taste to your day. These tasty guava & cream cheese hand pies make the perfect breakfast pastry or afternoon sweet treat. Check Latin markets in your area, or the international aisle of major supermarkets for the guava paste. It usually comes in a square wrapped in cellophane, a round tin, or in a long rectangular box.
16 oz. Can Refrigerated Biscuits (8 biscuits)
4 oz. Guava Paste
4 oz. Cream Cheese
1 tbsp. Honey
Preheat oven to 350°F
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the biscuits on a clean, dry surface. Separate the biscuits, then separate each biscuit by dividing in half to make 2 thinner biscuits.
Working with one biscuit pair at a time, flatten the thicker of the two pieces gently using the palm of your hands. Place a 1 inch piece of the guava paste and a 1 inch piece the cream cheese to the middle of the biscuit, then top with the other thinner half. Stretch it out a little bit so it reaches the edges of the bottom biscuit. Press the edges to seal. Place the hand pie on the parchment paper lined baking sheet and crimp the hand pie with a fork to secure. Prick the top with the tip of a sharp knife to vent. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
Bake the guava and cheese hand pies for 15-18 minutes until they reach the desired golden color. If your oven has hot spots (mine does), rotate the pan 180° about halfway through the cooking time.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven. While the hand pies are still hot, brush the tops gently with the honey. Serve warm.
Makes 8 guava & cream cheese hand pies
Guava paste is a sticky, jelly type paste that’s made with guava fruit and sugar. It’s very sweet and is commonly used to make Cuban pastries and desserts. In certain areas with large Latin communities guava paste is pretty easy to find. It has a long shelf life and a little goes a long way. Did I mention that it’s very sweet?
Once the guava paste package is opened make sure you store any leftovers in a perfectly sealed container or zip top bag so it doesn’t dry out or attract ants (the sweet thing again). It can also be refrigerated but it will get hard.