Guava Marmalade


En español: Mermelada de Guayaba.

One of the most preferred  jams in this island to fill cakes, pies, and accompany desserts and ice cream is the delicious guava jam. After the Pineapple jam, the guava jam is the second most popular filling for the Dominican cake. Its exotic flavor mixed with the sponge cake and Suspiro (Meringue Frosting) is an irresistible delight.  

Today I share the recipes to make homemade guava marmalade with either natural or guava paste. Enjoy!

Recipe Guava Marmalade

Ingredients:
3 pounds of guava
2 ½ - 3 cups granulated sugar or to taste
water
Ground cloves or vanilla (optional)  

Preparation:
1. Wash guavas, cut them halved or quartered and bring the boil with enough water to almost cover them. Note: If you prefer, you can peel the fruit before cooking.

2. When it starts to boil remove from heat and allow to cool before placing in a blender.  Blend and then strain. Note: You can also boil a few minutes longer and then strain. By doing it this way you avoid using the blender since the fruit will be very tender.

3. Add sugar and bring to medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook until thickened or to your personal jam consistency preference. Turn into a bowl and let cool before using or serving.



Guava Marmalade Recipe Done With Guava Paste



Ingredients:
Guava paste
Water (preferably hot)
Granulated sugar (only if you think necessary)
Ground cloves or vanilla (optional)

Preparation:
1. Cut the guava paste into one inch cubes, place in a saucepan, add water and bring to medium heat. With the help of a whisk mix until dissolved. Note: If I am going to do a small amount of jam I cook it over low heat or in a double boiler. Remember to add the hot water a little at a time. For 2 ½ cups of guava paste use about 2 ½ cups of water. The amount of water depends on the consistency that you prefer for this jam.

2. Taste for sugar, add if you think it's necessary. Cook until the consistency is suitable for the recipe you are going to use it for.

Easy right?


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