Pastelitos Recipe: Irresistible Honduran Sweet Pastries

Dish recipes: Pastelitos
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Pastelitos are delightful sweet pastries that are beloved in Honduras and across Latin America. These golden, flaky treats are filled with a variety of delicious fillings, such as sweetened fruit preserves or creamy custard, and then deep-fried to perfection. Pastelitos are often enjoyed as a snack or dessert, bringing joy to those who indulge in their deliciousness.


For the Dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

1/2 cup water

Vegetable oil for frying

For the Filling:

Fruit preserves (such as guava, pineapple, or mango) OR Sweetened custard OR Dulce de leche


In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the cubed butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add the water and knead the dough until it comes together into a smooth ball. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Use a round cutter or glass to cut out circles of dough. Place a spoonful of the desired filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape and press the edges to seal. Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or skillet to 350°F (175°C). Carefully place the pastelitos in the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy, turning once. Remove the pastelitos from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.


Serve pastelitos warm as a delightful snack or dessert. Dust with powdered sugar if desired, or drizzle with a glaze for extra sweetness. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea for a perfect treat any time of day.

Pastelitos are a true delight for the senses, with their crispy exterior and sweet, flavorful fillings. Whether enjoyed on their own or shared with friends and family, these Honduran sweet pastries are sure to bring smiles to everyone's faces.