Guava & Your Favorite Grape in a Fruit Rice Pudding
I only started working with Guava paste (Guava cheese) during my last couple of years at the Farmers' Markets but I wish I had discovered the product sooner. It has such a robust exotic taste that comes through beautifully in a fruit sauce. This recipe calls for Red or Green seedless grapes. If you happen to come across Coronation Grapes, in the late summer, do try them in this recipe. They are a sweet blue grape that raises the fruitiness of this flavor to new heights. They are my all time favorite grape to work with.
The Guava paste (cheese) is readily available at your local grocers or Walmart store. Just check the international foods aisles. They come in preportioned and prepackaged sweetened squares that are shelf stable and inexpensive. The guava paste is quite firm but with a slow gentle heat, they break down very nicely and blend seamlessly into the sauce. These precooked individually packaged units are way more enjoyable to work with than the fresh fruit is. They also make this recipe very fast & easy to make.
This flavor would make a great filling for a baked meringue pavlova or heated and served over some good French Vanilla Ice Cream, or your favorite frozen dessert, as a sundae. Likewise, it would make a colorful fruity layer for a trifle. If you are looking for unique and delicious Brunch or Buffet ideas, do have fun experimenting with these fruit rice pudding recipes. They can even be served in pretty tall champagne flutes topped off with whipped coconut milk and fresh raspberries. Their versatility is endless.
What you will need:
2 medium sized pots with lids, a strainer that sits inside of a bowl, a long metal spoon, a rubber spatula, a wire whisk (if you have one), measuring spoons & cups or kitchen scale (if you have one), a heat proof/food safe container with lid, a small bowl, an immersion or upright blender
35 oz seedless grapes
15 oz Calrose medium grain rice
14 oz sugar or organic sugar
1 + 12 oz coconut milk (14 oz in a regular sized can)
5 individually portioned 1 oz guava paste (cheese) squares
1/4 tsp ground dry ginger
Place the Calrose rice in the strainer that sits inside of a bowl. Rinse and strain the rice under running water. Repeat 2 more times. Set aside to drain.
In a small bowl remove the grapes from the vine and rinse them under water using a mild dish soap. Drain off the excess water.
In a medium sized pot place the grapes, unwrapped guava squares, 1 cup of water and 14 oz of sugar. Cover and bring to a medium boil. Reduce heat to a slow simmer and allow the guava squares to dissolve, covered. This could take between 20 and 30 minutes.
In a second medium sized pot place 32 oz of water and 1 oz of coconut milk. Bring pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Add the rinsed and drained Calrose rice. Stir to ensure that the rice isn't stuck to the bottom of the pot. Cover and set a timer for 20 minutes.
Once the guava paste has dissolved, using an immersion or upright blender, puree the fruit until it is a smooth sauce. Add 12 oz of coconut milk, 12 oz of water and 1/4 tsp dry ground ginger. Bring the pot back to a medium boil. Then, reduce the heat to a slow simmer until the rice is fully cooked. Keep covered.
After the 20 minute cooking time, turn the rice heat off. Keep the pot covered and set a timer for 10 more minutes to allow the rice to continue to cook and to absorb more liquid.
Empty the hot cooked rice into the hot Grape & Guava fruit sauce. Incorporate well using a wire whisk to break up any clumps of hot cooked rice. Empty the hot rice pudding into a heat proof/food safe container and cover. Place it on a counter or on a wire rack to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
You can now place your Grape & Guava Fruit Rice Pudding in the fridge to cool completely. It will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge, covered. Or, you may choose to portion and package some of it into freezer grade containers to enjoy at a later time. It will keep for months in the freezer.
Consult our How to Freeze & Thaw blog post for best results. Consult our Simply Fruit Rice Puddings: Basic Ingredients post and our Basic Cooking Techniques Blog Posts for more tips and tricks on making your very own fruit rice pudding. Enjoy!