Guava Cheese

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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 platter
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A chewy fudge-like sweet, Guava Cheese is best made with fresh guavas. They are a rich source of vitamin C - from 3-6 times more than in oranges to almost 30 times more than that found in bananas! Most of this vitamin C is found in the skin of the fruit.

What You'll Need

  • 2.2 lbs. (1 kg) soft guavas
  • 5 cups sugar (More or less: amount based on how much pulp you get out of the guavas)

How to Make It

  • Cut the guavas into quarters and remove the seeds.
  • Put the seeds in a sieve and add a small amount of water. Rub into the sieve and press down with a flat spoon so as to extract the pulp surrounding the seeds, into a bowl kept below the sieve.
  • Blend the guava pieces a smooth pulp in your food processor . Measure how many cups of pulp you have - include the pulp removed from around the seeds.
  • Put all the pulp into a large, flat, heavy-bottomed dish on a medium flame.
  • Add sugar to the amount of one cup less than the number of cups of guava pulp. For example, if you had 6 cups of pulp, add 5 cups of sugar to it.
  • Cook, stirring frequently until it becomes hard to stir and the guava cheese begins to come away from the sides of the pan.
  • Grease a platter and spoon the guava cheese onto it. Spread into a thick layer.
  • Allow to cool a little and while still warm, cut into diamond shapes.
  • When completely cooled, store in an air-tight container.