Years ago, while I was staying at a resort in the Caribbean, I grabbed a late night snack at the hotel’s on-site Dunkin’ Donuts. Tired from the glorious day of sun, I stumbled in there for a coolata.
And then I saw it.
I saw the most amazing thing ever.
A doughnut filled with guava jelly.
Okay, so it was just a Dunkin’ Donuts’ doughnut, so it wasn’t the best doughnut ever, but I was hooked on this guava filled doughnut. It was fun and tropical. It was the perfect late night snack that night.
The thing is that I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I used to always look for guava filled doughnuts but I never saw them here, so I just figure it was something special for the Caribbean locations. Lucky them!
Well, I was recently stumbled upon guava paste while I was grocery shopping. It was in a weird shaped can, which is exactly why it caught my eye. I had no idea what to do with it but I impulsively tossed it in the cart.
I’m glad I did as I quickly discovered that guava paste is really versatile. It can be eaten on just crackers or used as a filling for empanadas or swirled into cheesecake or even used as a glaze on pork tenderloin. Awesome!!
It pairs really well with cheese so I decided to play on the idea of traditional Pastelitos, which are pastries often filled with guava and cream cheese, when I made these puffles.
Now is the time to find some guava paste so you can make your own Guava and Cream Cheese Stuffed Puffle Waffles. Love!!
Guava and Cream Cheese Stuffed Puffle Waffles
Makes 8 puffles
- 1 17.5 ounce box of puff pastry dough
- 8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 Cup guava paste
- powdered sugar, for serving
- Thaw the puff pastry according to the instructions on the box. (Typically 40 minutes at room temperature prior to use)
- While the puff pastry is thawing, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
- Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface to be 12″ x 12″. Work the dough to eliminate the seams. Cut the dough into 4 equal sized pieces. Score each piece in half.
- Leaving 1/2″ boarder, spread a heaping spoonful of the cream cheese mixture on half of each piece. Add 3 small spoonfuls of the guava paste on the cream cheese mixture.
- Fold the other half of the puff pastry over the filling, crimp the edges to seal the filling inside the pastry dough.
- Repeat with the other sheet of puff pastry dough to make the other 4 puffles.
- Preheat your waffle iron at this point. Place the puffle dough on the waffle iron. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. The dough should no longer be expanding and puffing up when you open the waffle iron.
- Gently remove, and place on a cooling rack until ready to serve the puffles.
- Plate 2 puffles, shake some powdered sugar over the puffles, drizzle some warmed maple syrup on the puffles. Enjoy!!
Inspired by Epicurious
I hope you are enjoying all my Waffle Wednesday recipes and enjoyed this month of fun puffle recipes. Be sure to give them a try. xoxo