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There is nothing quite like the coffee hour tradition in Costa Rica- each afternoon around 4 pm Costa Ricans gather around a hot cup of coffee and some delicious sweet or savory pastry. Then, everyone slows down a bit to spend time chatting with each other. It’s such an important cultural ritual, and one that our family has blended with after school snack to keep both our cultures alive. It’s such a great time to check in with each other before the evening begins.
I love to prepare baked goods ahead of time so that when coffee and after school snack time roll around, our family can focus on relaxing before the dinner and homework craziness start. The Costa Rican cream filled turnover is one of my favorite pastries- we call it a pañuelo in Costa Rican Spanish. Pañuelo in Spanish translates to hankerchief, and the turnover resembles a hankerchief folded in half.
I love this recipe because it’s easy to make ahead and serve at room temperature or slightly warmed in the microwave. This turnover isn’t too sweet, but it’s buttery and flaky and delicious. Here’s everything you’ll need to recreate this traditional Costa Rican turnover recipe. I love the twist on a traditional cream filling by using the Nestlé Coffee-mate® Natural Bliss® Sweet Cream in place of traditional milk. It’s made with just real milk, cream, pure cane sugar and natural flavor- and the Sweet Cream flavor gives this recipe a unique sweet flavor that we just love.
- 1 package puff pastry, thawed to room temperature
- 1 C Nestlé Coffee-mate® Natural Bliss® Sweet Cream
- 5 tb all purpose flour
- 3/4 (or even 1/2) granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 c. unsalted butter or margarine, at room temperature (or 1/2 c butter, 1/2 c shortening)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
First, thaw the puff pastry according to instructions on the box. this takes 30-45 minutes. While the puff pastry is thawing, you can create the filling.
In a small saucepan, add flour and then slowly whisk Nestlé Sweet Cream. On low heat, cook on low heat, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Cool to room temperature, covered.
In an electric mixer, beat cooled mixture until fluffy. I use the paddle attachment, and add the remaining ingredients one at a time. Once everything is well mixed, switch to the whisk attachment and beat until fluffy. It should look and feel like a heavy whipped cream when you are finished.
Set cream aside to assemble the turnovers. Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice the puff pastry into squares. Spread about 1 Tbsp. of filling on the pastry and fold the top over. Press lightly to seal- otherwise the filling might run out of the pastry when baking. Bake at 400 F for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool for a few minutes and serve, or place in an airtight container once fully cooled and store at room temperature.
Coffee time at home includes NESCAFÉ® Taster’s Choice® House Blend, made with responsibly sourced beans- and of course accompanied by this delicious pañuelo pastry. For my girls I prepare milk with Nestlé Nesquik® because it has 8 grams of protein and 40% daily calcium- and they love the Chocolate or Strawberry flavors!
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