Guava Flan

Guava flan

It is my daughter’s final week visiting for the summer and the whole family came over for a fantastic(if i say so myself) Cuban meal of ropa vieja, rice and black beans and fried sweet plantains.

For dessert, I originally intended in making my flan recipe that I posted a while back. Then my daughter suggested I use the rest of the guava paste I had left over from the pastelitos to make a guava flan. Working off the original recipe, we improvised a bit and came up with a hell of a new one. It is creamy and delicious, and most importantly, the guava does not overpower the whole dessert.
If you can’t find guava paste in your grocery store, it is available for purchase at the Cuban Food Market’s website or on Amazon.com. 
I used half of a brick of Conchita Guava Paste. This link will open in Amazon.com and is for a 3 pack.

Flan de Guayaba - Guava Flan
Serves 8
Creamy, sweet, with the added subtle fruit flavor.
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For the Syrup
  1. 1 c sugar
  2. 1 to 2 tbsp water
For the Flan
  1. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  2. 1 can evaporated milk
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla
  4. 3 egg yolks
  5. 3 whole eggs
  6. 6 oz guava paste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the syrup, mix sugar and water in a small pot and cook over medium to low heat until the sugar dissolves into a clear syrup.
  3. While the syrup is cooking, preheat oven to 350 and add eggs to a bowl. Beat with a hand mixer or a stand mixer thoroughly at a medium speed.
  4. Add the condensed and evaporated milk to the bowl and blend further using your mixer, then add 1 tbsp of vanilla.
  5. Melt the guava paste in your microwave oven. I only needed to do 45 seconds at 100% power.
  6. Fold guava paste into beaten eggs. Mix thoroughly at medium speed.
  7. Add the two cans of milk, and mix thoroughly, then add vanilla.
  8. When your caramel is ready, pour into a 9" round baking/cake pan and move around to coat the sides evenly. Alternately, you can use muffin tins or a loaf pan. When using a muffin tin, pour the syrup into each cup one at a time and use a spatula to spread the caramel up the sides of the cups. Since the syrup is scalding and the pan can get very hot while coating, use caution doing both.
  9. Set aside and let cool.(60-90 seconds, tops).
  10. When the caramel has hardened, add beaten eggs/milk mixture to the pan or muffin tins.
  11. Cover tightly with foil paper and place into a larger pan (like a disposable aluminum roaster).
  12. Fill the larger pan with water until the water level reaches almost to the top of the baking dish.
  13. Place in oven and bake for 60 minutes. When the flan is done, run a knife along the edges of the flan to separate it from the sides of the pan.
  14. Place in the refrigerator and chill for at least two hours, or best, overnight.
  15. When ready to serve, turn the flan onto a plate and pour the remaining caramel over it.
Notes
  1. I used half of a brick of Conchita Guava Paste This link will open in Amazon.com and is for a 3 pack.
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