6 oz (3/4 cup) cream cheese, at
l Cup grated panela or
Dry-curd farmer cheese
2 (1/2-pound) pieces puff
Pastry, each cut into a
12 Inch circle.
1 Egg, lightly beaten
2/3 c Guava paste or other fruit
Jam or puree mixed with 1/4
Squeezed lime juice
1 tb Heavy cream
Place the cream cheese and panela or farmer cheese in a bowl and mix
well with a spoon.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place l of the puff pastry
circles on the baking sheet. Brush a 1-inch rim around the outside
edge with some of the beaten egg. Pat the cheese mixture into an
8-inch circle in the center and spread the guava paste or jam evenly
over the top.
Fold the remaining piece of puff pastry in half and place over the
first piece. Unfold the pastry to enclose the filling, being careful
not to trap air beneath. Gently press the top and bottom edges
together and refrigerate about 25 minutes, or until the dough is
Remove from the refrigerator. Working about 1 1/2 inches from the
outside, firmly press the edges of pastry together with the tines of
a fork to seal. Then trim the excess dough, leaving an even 1-inch
border of crust surrounding the filling. With a sharp paring knife,
cut out and discard a 1/4-inch circle of dough from the center, and
press out any trapped air. Then, making shallow cuts, trace 6 to 8
circular lines in a spiral pattern from the center hole to the inside
edge of the sealed crust (if the dough gets too warm to work with,
just return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so to harden).
Mix the heavy cream, with the remaining beaten egg and brush over the
top of the tart: Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours or
To bake, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Transfer the pan from
refrigerator to the oven and bake 15 minutes, or until puffed and
golden brown on top. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake
until the jelly is bubbling and the bottom crust, when lifted with a
spatula, is browned, 30 to 40 minutes. Set aside to cool on a rack to
15 minutes. Serve warm.
Yield: 8 servings
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