Fruits are a nature’s way of providing you the healthiest vitamins and minerals in their raw form. A large portion of the population enjoys fruit on it’s own; as is or in the form of salads. A smaller (and zanier) part of population like me also like to create desserts out of them. I love desserts, especially those with fruits, such as Peach Cobblers and Apple Crumbles. Guavas are currently in season, and so I thought of creating something delightful using them. The guavas used for making Guava Delight need to be handpicked. The fruit needs to be ripe, but not soft. And the skin should not be too thick. This recipe is a hybrid of guava stew with the same base, but the toppings can vary depending on what you like.

Ingredients:

  • Guavas – 600 grams
  • Brown Sugar – 4 teaspoons
  • Sugar – 5 tablespoons (adjust to taste)
  • Water – 1½ cups
  • Cinnamon Sticks – 2
  • Lemon – 2 teaspoons
  • Chocolate – 100 grams
  • Milk – ¼ cup
  • Cream – 200 ml
  • Icing Sugar – 3 tablespoons
  • Walnuts – ½ cup
  • Preparation time : 20 minutes
  • Cooking time : 20 minutes
  • Number of servings (yield) : 6-7

Instructions:

  1. Wash the guavas and scoop out the seeds while trying not to break the whole guava or piercing the skin. Add half a teaspoon of brown sugar in each and set aside
  2. Add water, sugar, cinnamon and lemon to a pan whose is base big enough to fit in all the guavas at the same time. As soon as the sugar dissolves, add the guavas. The guavas should be half covered in water. Lower the heat and place a lid on top to steam the guavas
  3. In the meantime, melt the chocolate in a non-stick pan on low heat and using a spatula mix when melted. Then add milk to make a chocolate sauce. The sauce should not be neither too thin, nor too thick – aim for a consistency that can be easily poured out
  4. Check the guavas to see if the skin has become soft and can easily be broken using a spoon; that how you can tell if it’s done. Now take out the cinnamon sticks. There needs to be some juice left in them; if they’ve dried, add a bit of water and let it boil. Be sure to check the sweetness; if it’s too little, add a bit of sugar to the water and let it simmer
  5. Whip some cream till stiff peaks form, adding the icing sugar by sifting it. If you like the dessert sweeter, add more sugar in the form of icing at this stage
  6. Break the walnuts using a mortar and pestle. Make sure the walnuts turn out chunky and coarse, not fine and powdery
  7. Put the guavas in a dish and pour syrup on top. On top of that, spread the whipped cream evenly and then spread the chocolate sauce. These can be served as single dessert shots as well (if you do make single servings, you can garnish them using mint leaves). Top with walnuts and chill in the fridge before serving

I am a stay at home mom and in the future want have my own cafe or restaurant. I am a Punjabi and Kashmiri so when it comes to being a food lover it runs in my blood. My mother is an amazing cook and is a huge inspiration for me.