Pastelitos are small pastries with various fillings such as fruit, cream cheese, marmalade or savory meats. As a popular baked delicacy in Cuba and other Spanish-speaking regions, pastelitos vary slightly from one culture to another. The baking times of the variations are generally about the same, with fluctuations due to the type of oven, the thickness of the dough, and the altitude of the location.
Fold and Bake
Follow detailed directions for your specific recipe, but typically you will be using uncooked puff pastry, placing the filling in the middle, and either folding the corners over to form a triangle or placing another puff pastry piece on top and crimping the edges. When using this method for making pastelitos, place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 to 30 minutes. With a hotter oven set at 400 F, keep the time closer to 20 minutes. Check periodically, especially the first time you make them, to ensure that they are not browning more quickly than anticipated.
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