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Guava Agua Fresca | Agua Fresca de Guayaba

guava-juice

Guavas are oftentimes recognized by their characteristic scent that can admittedly be overwhelming for some. On a recent visit to my mother’s home in Chino, California I noticed that she had guavas that were all but falling from her tree. They were calling my name, so I decided to prepare a delicious agua fresca. Water helps dilute the guava’s intense flavor and you are left with a fresh and healthy drink. These tropical fruits are great for your skin and contain five times the vitamin C found in oranges!   Read More…

Guava Mousse Cake | Mousse de Guayaba

by Pilar Cabrera

Ingredients (crust):
¾ cup melted butter
1 packet Maria cookies (or English tea biscuits)

Ingredients (mousse):
12 medium yellow guavas (+ 2 more, sliced thinly for garnish)
2½ cup water
1½ cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
3 tablespoons powdered unflavored gelatin (+ ½ cup cold water to dissolve gelatin)
1 cup crema Mexicana* (may substitute table cream or crème fraîche)
1 cup plain yogurt

Preparation (crust):

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Crumble cookies in food processor until very fine. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  3. Add melted butter to cookie crumbs and mix well. Transfer mixture into a square baking dish and spread evenly along the bottom to about 1/8-inch thickness.
  4. Bake for seven minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool while preparing mousse filling.

Preparation (mousse filling):

  1. Remove ends and cut guavas in half.
  2. Boil water, sugar, and cinnamon in medium pot over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Add guavas and cook for 20 minutes, or until soft, but not mushy.
  4. Blend cooked guavas until smooth. Strain through fine-mesh back into blender to obtain puree. Set aside one cup of puree for garnish.
  5. Dissolve gelatin by sprinkling over ½ cup cold water. Whisk gently with a fork, then setting aside for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the hydrated gelatin, crema Mexicana, and yogurt with guava puree and blend until completely smooth.
  7. Pour guava mixture evenly over cookie crust and refrigerate for at least 2 ½ hours until mousse sets.
  8. Serve over a layer of reserved guava puree with dehydrated guava slice (see preparation below) pierced through mousse.

Preparation (dehydrated guava slices):

  1. Place guava slices on cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  2. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crispy.
  3. Set aside and let cool.

Note: Crema Mexicana is a Mexican table cream that is found in most Latin supermarkets. It can be substituted with table cream or crème fraiche.