All I want for Christmas: Pastelitos

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  1. Marta says:

    Pastelitos would be my vote for “food of the gods.”
    Your parents are to be praised with great praise.

  2. Amy says:

    Mom and I decided to make the long drive (about an hour, maybe an hour and a half) to Porto’s in Glendale on the 23rd so we have pastelitos for Noche Buena and Christmas morning. I can’t wait! ;-)

  3. Chantel says:

    My mom always brings me croqueticas de jamon. Mmm. Croqueticas. Mmmm.

  4. Mami Hen says:

    This year, no Christmas turrones. And maybe not ever again. Maria has a nut allergy, so stuffing myself with jijona (is that how you spell it?) won’t be happening.
    Amy 90 minutes is worth the drive for sure. And oh, croquetas. Never been on the list for travel, but consumed at ventanitas when I’m home…que rico!

  5. Annie says:

    OMG – my father used to own a Cuban bakery in Miami years ago. If he knew back the, he probably would have moved and opened another one. I bet he would visit your baker at Publix and tell him how to make ‘masa’ for pastelitos de guayaba. Mmmmmmm!

  6. Carolina says:

    You don’t really appreciate how wonderful and amazing Publix is until you leave Florida. I just took it for granted, and then I went to school in Chicago and learned that the vast majority of moderately priced supermarkets in the rest of the country are just bad. So I totally understand where you’re coming from. People have called me crazy as well for getting all teary-eyed over a supermarket, but seriously, Publix is great.

    And I totally miss those pastelitos, even now that I live about a half block from Union City, NJ. Churros are the thing here, and if you can find a pastelito, it’s usually not very good. So whenever friends from Miami come to visit, I always offer use of my couch in return for a boxful of pasteles de guayaba y queso from La Suiza Bakery.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Someone told me that there is a Cuban bakery in Charlotte, NC. If anyone knows, please publish the name and/or address.

    I live in Blowing Rock, NC, but would drive to Charlotte or any other town nearby to get guava pastries . . . only thing I miss from Miami.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m in New York and you’d think that with all the Boricuas and cubans in the area there would be a bakery some where but there’s not=( I love pastelitos and it’s what I miss most from Miami. I would say flan too but thank goodness I know how to make it or I’d really be lost. Recently my mom went to Miami and the first thing I asked her was to PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring me a big box full of pastelitos. I couldn’t wait till she came back. When she did, I was so excited because she brought pastelitos de carne, de guayaba y de guayaba y queso. They were soooo good! She even brought me pan cubano. Now they’re all gone and hopefully I won’t have to wait too long before I can get my hands on some pastelitos again. I guess we’ll see. Until then, I’ve deceided to try and learn how to make them myself. BY THE WAY, I don’t know if they’re in all the stores that sell frozen goya products but in my area there’s a Hannaford Supermarket and they sell pastelitos from Goya. They don’t compare but they’re good, in case anyone would like to try them =)

  9. Maria from Miami says:

    If anyone is still reading this blog and/or are interested, I own a bakery in Miami and am interested in shipping pastelitos throughout the US.
    These can keep for a few days and our pastries are baked fresh many times a day so freshness would not be an issue.
    It also may be a source for all of you yearning for pastelitos and Cuban Bread – a new business maybe – a storefront and an oven is really all you need.
    If anyone is interested please contact me

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