12 servings (serving size: 1 pudding piece and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 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.

Step 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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