Guava empanada


There are many times when I spend a good amount of thought and time looking up recipes and cooking elaborate meals. But there are other times, when cooking is all about putting together a couple of things and coming up with an enjoyable treat. This one belongs to the latter category. The recipe was inspired from the book The Cuban Table by Ana Pelaez and Ellen Silverman. I had the guava paste and the frozen empanada discs. I skipped the cream cheese and overcame my fear of deep frying to make this treat.

I wasn’t sure whether its actually a recipe, given how simple it is. I am glad I took pictures despite my hesitation because sometimesI feel that life is complex as it is. We really need to remind ourselves of the simple enjoyments in life in as many ways as possible. So enjoy a good evening with a sweet jam in a salty pastry served with a hot cup of tea!



  • ready made Empanada discos
  • ready made guava paste
  • oil to deep fry


  • Defrost the empanada discs by taking them out about 20 minutes from the freezer. Once they are defrosted, stretch it a little by rolling them out using a rolling pin.
  • Cut a piece of guava paste to fit comfortably inside the disc. Fold the empanada in half and seal the edges with a fork. Repeat with the rest of the discs.
  • Deep fry in hot oil without crowding the pan or bake for 20-25 minutes until browned.


This recipe goes to Cooking from Cookbook Challenge Group.




6 thoughts on “Guava empanada

  1. Love the pictures and I am glad you did take them. The recipe seems easy but I am sure must have been a treat with guava paste.


  2. These look delicious Rajani. Ready to use empanada discs are such a life saver. Did you use the frozen ones? Are they easy to use? One of my coworker used to make vegetarian ones with soy granules and cheese filling — they were soooooo addictive. Will have to try your sweet version some time.


  3. Fantastic treat Rajani. Never tasted guava paste, should see if I can get it…as you say, life is always so hectic and complex that we almost forget to enjoy the simple things in daily life. Sometimes we force ourselves to pause and we discuss why we need to make everything so complicated. Times like that we enjoy, only to get back to normal grind..wish things were simple as it used to be when growing up..


Leave a Reply to Megala Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s