I found the guava paste in brick form at my grocery store. Had never had it before. Very, very sweet. This recipe recieved a mixed review at my house - the adults liked it a lot; the teenagers didn't like it at all. It was a little odd for them -- the bread pudding is not sweet at all, but the guava sauce is very, very sweet. My husband and I really liked this dish. Follow the serving suggestion - pour a full 1.5 Tbsp of sauce all over the top of the pudding. I would make it again (when the kids aren't around). I like that it is a sweet, tasty dessert with generous portions and very, very low saturated fat.
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.
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- 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
- 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
- 3/4 cup water, divided
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 8 ounces guava paste, cut into small pieces
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- 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.
- 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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