In Argentina, they celebrate May 25th (Constitution Day) the anniversary of their declaration of Independence, with a puff pastry known as the Paselitos del 25 de Mayo. Throughout the country these are sold and enjoyed, but you can make them anywhere. Here’s a quick recipe:
Pastelitos del 25 de Mayo
Pastries For May 25th
1 package La Salteña tapas for Pastelitos, or 24 small squares of puff pastry
6 oz. quince paste (also called dulce de membrillo)
vegetable oil, for frying
small cup of water, for sealing the edges
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
sprinkles for decorating
The premise is simple, but there’s a trick to fold your pastelitos. In the center of one tapa (or puff pastry square) place a half inch square of quince paste. Wet the edges and lay another square on top, but turned 45 degrees, so you’re making a star shape. Pat down the dough, then fold up the corners like you’re making a boat. Lost yet? Here is a video (start at 4:25) of the technique.
Place a few of the finished pastries in hot oil, but be sure it’s bubbling. As it turns golden in color, turn gently to cook on all sides.
In a separate pan combine the sugar and water and heat on low until it thickens.
Drizzle the thickened sugar on the cooked pastelitos and decorate with sprinkles.