I spent a lot of my formative years playing competitive tennis. While I haven’t picked up a racket in years, I still love watching the grand slams (tbh I never pay attention to the Australian open—sorry, Australia).
My all-time favorite is Wimbledon. I love the beautiful grass courts, the all-white outfit requirements, royalty in the stands and I LOVE the strawberries and cream. Those slo-mo shots of cream being poured over summer-y strawberries has always brought pure joy to my heart. I’ve never been but it has always been on my bucket list of places to go and see.
If you’ve never had a pastelito, I think it’s time!
I was blessed to live half of my childhood in South Florida. And while I will admit that Florida is wild (especially if you just watch the news), it is also a place where some of my favorite, most formative memories occurred. If you’re Latinx, South Florida can also be a really magical place. It’s a place where a lot of us feel like “home.” It’s one of the only places in the entire country where literally everyone looks like you. I really only appreciated it when I finally left. And whenever I go back, it still makes me happy all over again.
Pastelitos de guayaba con queso are super popular in Miami. Give me one of these and a cordadito and it’s feels like heaven.
I actually had never even thought to make them until I went to a Latino market in Pasadena the other day and saw all this guava and was like OHHHH.
This recipe could not be more simple. It leans HEAVILY on store-bought puff pastry, though if you’re in a mood, you could make your own. I used the Pepperidge Farm brand for these and found them to be the best.
The store-bought guava paste makes this so ridiculously simple. I made it a bit different by beating the cream cheese with some sugar, vanilla paste (because I’m fancy) and a pinch of salt. I added it to a piping bag and piped it onto the squares of puff pastry. Small slices of guava on top and that’s it!
Summer is here! I couldn’t be more excited about this olive oil cake with fresh berries. It took exactly twenty tries for me to get right but I could not be more excited about how delicious and fresh this cake came out!
For this post, I teamed up with ALDI where I went to get all of my summer baking needs. For years, I’ve wanted to make an olive oil cake but I always hesitated because most of them called for a healthy amount of olive oil and the cake just sounded sort of expensive to make. But at ALDI I was able to buy the freshest berries and really great-quality olive oil for really affordable prices.
Every single item I purchased at ALDI made for a super delicious, tasty and affordable cake that is perfect for any bbq, summer-y get together or simple dinner.
And every single item is Instacart basket—isn’t that cool?! You’re only minutes from having the groceries delivered to your door; this olive oil cake is in your future.