Delicious tarts filled with guava and cream cheese than baked to perfection in a delicious crispy crust! (Dairy free option, gluten free option, egg free, nut free, soy free)
What are Tarts?
Tarts are baked dishes with a pastry base. Then the pastry base is filled with a filling. The tops of tarts are not covered by pastry like a pie would be. The pastry is usually a shortbread, pie, graham or cookie style crust. The filling is usually filled with chocolate, fruit, or other types of filling.
What is Guava?
Guava is a tropical fruit. It is likened to tasting like a cross between a strawberry and a pear. It is sour when it’s unripe and sweet when ripe. An unripe guava is hard and ripe guavas are softer. You pick a guava similar to picking an avocado.
This recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients: guava paste, cream cheese and pie pastry.
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- Guava Paste: Guava paste has many uses but is often paired with cheese. It can also be used in pastry puffs, or with meat like pork tenderloins. Guava paste can be purchased at your local Hispanic market or online.
- Pastry: You will need a pie crust for this recipe and you can use a gluten free pie crust. Using a premade pie crust was much easier.
- Cream Cheese: You can use milk based cream cheese or a dairy free cream cheese.
Tarts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Tarts can be served warm from the oven or cooled.
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Guava Cream Cheese Tart
- 1 whole pie crust
- 1 tube guava paste
- 1 container cream cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan.
- Roll the pie crust ¼ inch thick if needed. Cut dough into 2x2 inch squares and press into the mini muffin cups.
- Place ½ tsp guava paste and ½ tsp cream cheese into each mini muffin cup.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven.