Holiday Recipes: Guava Cheesecake (Guayaba)

Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican
Puerto Ricans are big fans of making desserts using guava fruit ('guayaba' in Spanish). We also really like cheesecakes. Naturally, we started baking guava cheesecakes. They are delicious and one of my favorite cheesecake flavors of all time. Chocolate and vanilla cheesecakes can be a bit too sweet sometimes. If you like fruity desserts, then this is definitely something you'll love. The guava keeps the cheesecake tasting light and fresh. If you've never tried a guava fruit before, a good way to describe the flavor would be a cross between a strawberry and a pear. Hope you enjoy this Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe!



Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican

Note: While making this cheesecake for the first time since moving to Boston, I found that canned guava shells are not that easy to find in the U.S. You'll have to go to a supermarket with a decent Latino food selection. It doesn't have to be a Latino market. I found my guava shells at a regular supermarket but it was one with an extensive "international foods" aisle. You could substitute the guava shells with guava paste, which is much easier to find, but you'll have to prepare it differently. In order for it to spread through the cheesecake, you'll have to make a guava sauce by melting the paste in a saucepan with water and lime juice. If you put the guava paste straight into the food processor, you'll get a grainy texture. 


guava swirl cheesecake recipe puerto rican dessert

Ingredients:

Spiced Graham Crust

8 oz Graham Crackers (2 packages of HoneyMaid)
1/2 tbsp Nutmeg
1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 stick Unsweeted Butter

Cheesecake

1 cup of sugar
2.5 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (can be substituted with sour cream)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
2 large egg whites
a pinch of salt

Guava Filling

One 16 oz can of guava shells
1 lime (can be substituted with lemon or lime juice)

Extra

Aluminum foil
Non-stick spray
Springform Pan
Cookie sheet or larger baking pan


Instructions:


01. Line the outside of a springform pan with aluminum foil. This will waterproof the pan for when it's placed in water. I used an 8-inch spring form pan for this and was able to fill it to the brim. You can use a 9-inch pan and get a shorter cheesecake.

Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican
Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican

02. Time to make the crust. Crush your graham crackers. I used a food processor this time because I finally had access to one, but I've been using hard objects and a plastic bag for years. You don't need to own all the fancy kitchen tools to do some baking :)

Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican

03. Mix in the nutmeg and cinammon into the graham cracker dust. Add the butter melted until the graham starts clumping or sticking to together. Then spray the springform pan with non-stick spray and press the crust into the bottom of the pan.

04. Bake for 8 minutes at 375°F

05. While the crust is baking, combine the cream cheese, greek yogurt, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl. Mix it together (or whisk with an electric mixer on medium) until it's smooth and combined. Add the three eggs (not the egg whites).

06. Beat the two egg whites until fluffy. Fold them into the cheesecake mixture.

Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican

07. Once the crust is baked and cool, pour the cheesecake mixture into the pan.

Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican

08. In a blender or food processor, combine the guava shells and lime juice. Add the guava mix in spoonfuls to the top of the cheesecake mix. Then swirl it into the mixture using a spoon or spatula.


Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican
Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican
Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican


09. Now that the mixture is ready, place the springform pan on the cookie sheet (or larger pan) and place it in the oven. Pour as much warm water into the cookie sheet as you can before it overflows. It's easier to do this once it's in the oven so you don't risk spilling water everywhere trying to get a cookie sheet full of water into the oven.

10. Bake your cheesecake for an hour at 325°F. Check on it so it doesn't crack or dry out. An over cooked cheesecake will start cracking. Your cheesecake should look light golden and be a bit wiggly in the center. Let the cheesecake cool before putting it in the fridge and letting it chill for a few hours.

Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican
Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican
Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe Guayaba Receta Postre Dessert Boricua Puerto Rican


I hope you give this a try! If you're a fan of cheesecakes and are looking to try a new flavor, I highly recommend you give this a try.

xx Coco



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Guava Swirl Cheesecake Recipe
You will also need aluminium foil, a springform pan, a cookie sheet or large baking pan, and non-stick spray.
Ingredients
  • 8 oz (2 packages of HoneyMaid) Graham Crackers
  • 1/2 tbsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick Unsweeted Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2.5 8-ounce packages Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 2 Egg whites
  • A pinch Salt
  • One 16 oz can Guava Shells
  • 1 Lime
Instructions
01. Line the outside of a springform pan with aluminum foil. This will waterproof the pan for when it's placed in water. I used an 8-inch spring form pan for this and was able to fill it to the brim. You can use a 9-inch pan and get a shorter cheesecake.02. Time to make the crust. Crush your graham crackers.03. Mix in the nutmeg and cinammon into the graham cracker dust. Add the butter melted until the graham starts clumping or sticking to together. Then spray the springform pan with non-stick spray and press the crust into the bottom of the pan.04. Bake for 8 minutes at 375°F05. While the crust is baking, combine the cream cheese, greek yogurt, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl. Mix it together (or whisk with an electric mixer on medium) until it's smooth and combined. Add the three eggs (not the egg whites).06. Beat the two egg whites until fluffy. Fold them into the cheesecake mixture.07. Once the crust is baked and cool, pour the cheesecake mixture into the pan.08. In a blender or food processor, combine the guava shells and lime juice. Add the guava mix in spoonfuls to the top of the cheesecake mix. Then swirl it into the mixture using a spoon or spatula.09. Now that the mixture is ready, place the springform pan on the cookie sheet (or larger pan) and place it in the oven. Pour as much warm water into the cookie sheet as you can before it overflows. It's easier to do this once it's in the oven so you don't risk spilling water everywhere trying to get a cookie sheet full of water into the oven.10. Bake your cheesecake for an hour at 325°F. Check on it so it doesn't crack or dry out. An over cooked cheesecake will start cracking. Your cheesecake should look light golden and be a bit wiggly in the center. Let the cheesecake cool before putting it in the fridge and letting it chill for a few hours.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: One 9" cheesecake

2 comments

  1. This look so good! I'm gonna try to make it if I can find some canned guava <3

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  2. now that I think of it, I've never seen a real guava before?! not even shells, haha - the closest I've been to a real guava is these guava candies we have at the supermarket which unfortunately aren't my cup of tea cause it has a weird aftertaste, haha. saying it's a cross between a strawberry and pear sounds delish though, and I hope to be able to try an *actual* one someday!

    becky @ star violet

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