Guavas in Syrup

The guava fruit is an integral part of the Cuban culture and especially in desserts. In future posts, I  will share the many ways that Cubans have adopted this fruit not only for pastries and desserts, but also as sauces for meats and as dips.

Today we will focus on a favorite dessert of mine that I remember eating as a child in Cuba, and later on in the United States.  In Spanish, we call them cascos de guayaba and in English, they are simply known as guava in syrup. Accompanied with regular cream cheese it enhances the overall flavor and offers you a tropical dessert experience.

You can buy them ready to be served in a can since there are several brands that sell them. But if you want to be creative and make your own, here is a simple recipe.

Recipe for 6 people:

  • 3 ¼ pounds mature guavas
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar

Peel the guavas and cut them in half. Remove the seeds preferably with a spoon.  Place the water and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil. Then add the guavas and cook for 40 minutes until they are tender and the syrup is thick. Let them cool and then serve.

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