Strawberry & Guava Rice Pudding!

This very fruity flavour makes a fabulous dessert. The guava fruit paste is easy to use, wonderfully tropical and a lovely complement to the sweet strawberries. If you are not a fan of the coconut milk flavour, this may be the recipe for you. The fruit is so intense in this flavour that you wouldn't even guess that coconut milk is one of the ingredients.


I remember my first attempt at working with fresh guava fruit. The ones that I had bought weren't completely ripe (as I discovered later from doing some research). So, I waited it out for a few days until they looked like in the pictures. I made the mistake of cooking them and allowing them to cool, overnight in the fridge. I tried working with them the next day. It turned into a messy disaster as I tried to seed and puree them. I decided that day that they were more work than I was up for.

Simply Fruit Rice Pudding Recipe with fresh local strawberries and Guave paste.
Nothing beats fresh local Strawberries for the best colour & flavour in my fruit rice puddings.

About a year later, as I perused the grocery aisles looking for new and interesting ingredients to work with, I discovered guava cheese (paste)! Now this looked easier to work with. So, I purchased some and had terrific results with it, and without ANY of the mess. I was soon hooked on this sweetened fruit paste. It was so easy to work with and it had an amazing flavour. The individually portioned & wrapped squares have sugar added, and that's it. They take a little while to break down into a liquid consistency but generally about the same amout of time as it takes to cook one of my fruit rice pudding sauces. I have found the guava cheese (paste) boxes on the shelves of Walmart, Food Basics and international food shops. They are inexpensive and have a long shelf life. I've made many rice pudding flavours using the guava paste and they are always well received. This fruit complements the taste of many other ones.

Guava & Strawberry Simply Fruit Rice Pudding flavour
The Guava Paste or 'Cheese' that I used comes in 18 - 1 oz individually wrapped portioned servings.
  1. In a medium sized pot place 1 kg of cleaned strawberries, 4 cups of water, 8 oz of sugar and 5 individually portioned blocks of guava paste, unwrapped. Cook on medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.

  2. Rinse and drain 15 oz of Calrose medium grain rice. Repeat 2 more times. Set aside.

  3. Once the fruit sauce is heated, add 12 oz of coconut milk, 8 oz of water, 6 oz of sugar and 1/4 tsp of ground dry ginger. Bring the sauce back to a medium boil.

  4. In a second medium sized pot, bring 4 cups of water, and 1 oz (approximately 2 Tbsp) of coconut milk to a boil, covered. Add the rinsed and drained rice. Stir well to ensure that the Calrose rice isn't stuck to the bottom of the pot. Cover and reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Set a timer for 20 minutes.

  5. After 20 minutes, turn off the rice heat and allow it to rest and to continue to cook for 10 more minutes, covered.

  6. In the fruit sauce pot, stir to see if the guava paste has completely 'melted' yet. Once it melts and the sauce has reached a medium boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Puree the fruit sauce with an immersion blender, or mash it well, using a potato masher.

  7. After the 10 minutes turned off, add the rice to the fruit sauce and incorporate well. A wire whisk works great to break up any clumps of cooked rice.

  8. Empty the hot Strawberry & Guava fruit rice pudding into a heat proof/food grade container and allow it to cool on the counter or on a cooling rack, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes.

  9. Now you can enjoy the rice pudding hot or keep it covered and refrigerate it until it has cooled completely. It will keep, covered in the fridge, for up to 2 weeks. Or, you can portion it into smaller freezer grade containers and freeze it for up to a few months.

  10. Consult my Freezing & Thawing guide for best practices. Consult the Simply Fruit Rice Pudding Basic Ingredients and Basic Cooking Instructions guides if you would like more tips and tricks before making your fruit rice pudding. Bon Apetite!



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