Makes 12
Pastry

Ingredients

Coconut Pasteles
  • granulated white sugar,2, cups,,
  • water,1, cup,,
  • finely grated unsweetened coconut,2,cups,,shredded-coconut-extra-fine-flakes
  • egg yolks,4,,,
  • cinnamon,½, teaspoon,,ground-ceylon-cinnamon
  • sherry,1, tablespoon,,
  • lime zest,½, teaspoon,,
  • frozen puff pastry,1, pound box, Thawed,
  • 1 egg,,, Beaten to blend,
  •  coconut sugar,2, tablespoons,,coconut-sugar-crystals

 

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Coconut Pasteles

It’s hard to resist this traditional sweet, sold everywhere in Havana. The filling is nothing more than sweetened shredded coconut wrapped in a square of flaky pastry, but it is deeply satisfying—perfect with a strong cup of Cuban coffee.
Written By Anya von Bremzen and Megan Fawn Schlow | Nov 13, 2020

Ingredients

Coconut Pasteles
  • granulated white sugar,2, cups,,
  • water,1, cup,,
  • finely grated unsweetened coconut,2,cups,,shredded-coconut-extra-fine-flakes
  • egg yolks,4,,,
  • cinnamon,½, teaspoon,,ground-ceylon-cinnamon
  • sherry,1, tablespoon,,
  • lime zest,½, teaspoon,,
  • frozen puff pastry,1, pound box, Thawed,
  • 1 egg,,, Beaten to blend,
  •  coconut sugar,2, tablespoons,,coconut-sugar-crystals

 

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Step one

Preheat oven to 375°

Step two

 In a saucepan over medium-high heat add the sugar and water and bring to a boil for about 4-5 minutes. 

Step three

When all the sugar has dissolved, add the coconut, stir and lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15 minutes. 

Step four

 Place the cooked coconut mixture in a fine-mesh strainer to drain. Save the drained syrup for another use. 

Step five

Cool the mixture and add the egg yolks one at a time mixing well between each one. 

Step six

Add the cinnamon, sherry, and lime zest stirring well to combine.

Step seven

Unfold the puff pastry and roll-out according to package directions and cut into twenty-four squares about 2 ½ inch squares each.

Step eight 

Put 2 heaping tablespoons of the coconut mixture in the center of 12 squares and top with the other 12 squares.

Seal the pastry with the tines of a fork.

Step nine

Brush tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with coconut sugar. 

Step ten

Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 1 in apart. 

Step eleven

Bake until puffed and golden brown, about 8 minutes.