This is another book that I picked up after seeing it all over bookstagram. An aging and reclusive Hollywood star decides to finally open up about her scandalous time in the spotlight and release a tell-all book. After spending her life crafting her narrative to fit into the Hollywood standards, Evelyn finally wants her true story to be told.
I really enjoyed this book, and while some of the “twists” were telegraphed pretty early, it was still an engaging and immersive read. In honor of Evelyn’s Cuban heritage that she initially took great lengths to hide before eventually embracing it, I decided to make some Pastelitos de Guayaba (guava pastries).
Pastelitos de Guayaba
- 1 package frozen puff pastry
- 14oz package guava paste
- 6oz cream cheese
- 1 egg
- ½ cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and remove puff pastry from freezer (you don’t want it to completely thaw, just enough to where you can unfold it).
Slice the guava paste into 18 slices, about ¼ inch thick.
Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Take two slices of guava paste and lay them where a pastry will be. Place a ¼ inch slice of cream cheese on top of the guava.
Take the second sheet of puff pastry and lay over the top.
Cut the pastry sheets into 9 equal squares, don’t worry about sealing the edges or separating the pieces.
Cut 2 slits on top of each square to vent.
Brush the top with egg wash.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Let cool and then dust with powdered sugar.