Puerto Rican Guava Bread Pudding

Guavas are a popular fruit throughout the Caribbean, often used in jellies, jams, and paste. Guava paste is a firm, sticky, rose-colored, fruit-leather-like sweet sold in bricks or canned. Store leftover paste in a covered container in the refrigerator up to three weeks.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 pudding piece and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 208
  • Calories from fat: 6%
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbohydrate: 39g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 19mg
  • Iron: 1.1mg
  • Sodium: 245mg
  • Calcium: 127mg


  • Pudding:
  • 1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • 12 ounces French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes, toasted (about 8 cups)
  • Cooking spray
  • Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 8 ounces guava paste, cut into small pieces


  1. To prepare pudding, combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add sugar, rum, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Add bread to milk mixture in bowl; toss gently to coat. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Place baking dish in a roasting pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Cover and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in center of pudding comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes.
  4. To prepare sauce, combine 1/4 cup water, juice, and guava paste in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook 10 minutes or until paste is melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in the remaining 1/2 cup water. Serve with pudding.
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