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Guava Cheesecake: An American Favorite with a Tropical Flair

Guava Cheesecake

When you explore the world of desserts, it often leads you to delightful discoveries. And today is a great day to discover guava cheesecake!

This is a unique dessert that has been capturing the attention of many food enthusiasts lately, with its perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavors. 

So, let’s indulge in a slice of tropical paradise! 

What is a Guava Cheesecake?

First of all, let’s define what guava is.

Guava is a tropical fruit that traces its origins to Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America. It’s often round or pear-shaped and has a sweet-tart flavor. Its skin is typically green before maturity and turns yellow, maroon, or green when ripe. Its flesh is usually deep red or pink and has small, edible seeds.

Guavas feature many delectable recipes in various cuisines worldwide, ranging from beverages to savory dishes and pastries, as its natural sweetness and distinct tanginess make it a versatile ingredient.

One such culinary fusion is the incorporation of guava into the beloved cheesecake. 

The cheesecake involves infusing guava puree, guava jelly, or guava paste into the cheesecake mixture. The combination of creamy cheesecake and the tropical notes of guava creates a perfect dessert that enhances the diversity of guava recipes and pastries available in the culinary world.

How to Make a Perfect Guava Cheesecake?

Follow this step-by-step recipe for guava pastry cheesecake and you’ll obtain a superb dessert to share with your family and friends.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup guava paste (smooth and seedless)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional, adjust to taste)

For the Topping (Optional):

  • ½ cup guava jelly or glaze

For the Garnish (Optional):

  • Fresh guava slices

Instructions

Crust Preparation:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F and grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted unsalted butter. Mix until the crumbs are evenly coated. 
  3. Press the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared springform pan, using your hands, the back of a spoon, or measuring cup.
  4. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake the crust for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the crust from the oven and let it cool while you prepare the filling.

Filling Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar using a hand mixer until well combined and creamy. 
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix in the vanilla extract until fully incorporated into the mixture.
  3. Fold in the guava paste gently into the cream cheese mixture until it is evenly distributed.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to enhance the tartness of the filling (optional.)
  5. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. 
  6. Fold the whipped cream into the guava cream cheese mixture, combining until smooth. 

Assembly and Baking:

  1. Pour the prepared filling over the cooled crust, making sure it spreads evenly.
  2. Place the pan in the oven (325°F) and bake the cheesecake for about 45-55 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly.
  3. Once baked, let it cool at room temperature. Then, refrigerate it for at least 3 hours or overnight to set. 

Optional Topping and Garnish:

  1. Spread a thin layer of guava jelly or glaze over the top of the cheesecake for a glossy finish.
  2. Alternatively, garnish the cheesecake with fresh guava slices or any preferred fruit. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!

How to Serve My Guava Cheesecake?

Here you have some fantastic pairings to complement your cheesecake:

Whipped Cream

A dollop of whipped cream provides a great contrast in texture and adds a touch of richness. 

  • Plain Whipped Cream: A classic topping for cheesecake that helps to balance out the sweetness of the guava.
  • Cinnamon Whipped Cream: It adds a warm and spicy flavor to guava cheesecake. The cinnamon pairs certainly well with the sweetness of the guava.
  • Ginger Whipped Cream: The ginger also pairs well with the sweetness of the guava and it adds a zesty punch to the dessert.

Gelato

A small scoop offers contrast in temperatures and flavors, which creates a delightful palate-cleansing experience.

  • Lemon: The tartness of lemon gelato helps to cut through the richness of the guava cheesecake.
  • Passionfruit: A tropical fruit that has a similar flavor profile to guava, and therefore, is an interesting complementary pairing for guava cheesecake.
  • Mango: Another tropical fruit that pairs really well with guava. Mango gelato provides sweetness and creaminess to the cheesecake.

Herbal Infusions

The herbal notes of some varieties of tea can complement the fruity sweetness of the guava while cleansing the palate between bites.

  • Chamomile: A relaxing herb that wonderfully pairs with the sweetness of guava cheesecake. It also adds a touch of floral flavor to the dessert.
  • Peppermint: A minty herb that can add a beautiful contrast to the sweetness of guava cheesecake. 
  • Lavender: A fragrant and floral herb that would add a unique flavor to guava cheesecake. 

Coffee Varieties 

For coffee lovers, pairing this cheesecake with a medium-bodied coffee would be a superb idea. 

  • Colombian Supremo: This blend is known for its smooth and balanced flavor with notes of chocolate and nuts. It perfectly complements the sweetness of the guava cheesecake without being overpowering. 
  • Costa Rican Tarrazú: Characterized by its bright acidity and fruity notes (including citrus and berries,) this blend adds a refreshing contrast to the richness of the guava cheesecake.
  • Guatemalan Huehuetenango: This blend is characterized by its rich chocolatey flavor and notes of spice. It adds a warm and comforting complexity to the dessert.

How to Create Interesting Variations?

Guavas come in different varieties, each opening the doors to creative cheesecake variations.

They can be classified based on their color, flavor, size, and origin as there are varieties known for their sweet flavor, their sour flavor, their large size, etc. For example, pink guava has a sweet and tangy flavor, while white guava has a milder flavor, and yellow guava is more acidic.

So, you can follow the recipe by experimenting with different varieties of guava. Also, you can try variations of the recipe itself. For instance:

  • Guava Cake Fusion: Experiment with incorporating guava chunks or guava jelly between cake layers. The fruity bursts amid the creamy layers offer an incredible textural contrast.
  • Cherry Guava Cheesecake: How about a cherry cheesecake combined with the tropical essence of guava? Or the other way around? Try adding a layer of cherry compote or fresh cherries atop the guava-infused cheesecake. 
  • Gluten-Free Guava Cheesecake: You can also enjoy a gluten-free cheesecake by substituting traditional graham cracker crumbs in the crust with gluten-free alternatives, like almond meal or gluten-free cookies. 

Where Can I Enjoy the Best Guava Cheesecake?

If you want to enjoy an authentic cheesecake like this one, come to Mojitos.

You’ll discover a unique fusion of the tropical flavor of guava with the creamy richness of cheesecake, expertly crafted by our chefs!

Visit Mojitos restaurant at any of our locals:

  • Mojitos Norcross, GA
  • Mojitos Peachtree Corners, GA
  • Mojitos Marietta, GA

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