Guava Cheese Flan

"Guava and cheese (Guyaba con Queso) is a typical combination for Cubans. It is delicious! They have Guava Skins that are made in syrup and then combined with cream cheese and "Cuban" crackers - oh my!!! This is an acquired taste and one that is NOT diet friendly!! This was given to me by a woman who works in the activities dept and is trying to start her own dessert business. Didn't include chilling time of about 3 hours up to overnight."
 
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
Ingredients:
8
Serves:
8-10
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Place sugar and water in 9-inch round cake pan.
  • Stir until sugar is slightly dissolved.
  • Place pan on stove on medium heat.
  • Cook sugar about 10 minutes, without stirring, until sugar turns a golden to golden brown color.
  • Use oven mitts to swirl pan, coating bottom and sides with caramel.
  • Place pan on wire rack to cool and harden caramel slightly.
  • Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients in blender container; cover.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour mixture over cooled and hardened caramel in pan.
  • Cover with foil.
  • Place a large shallow baking pan in oven.
  • Place cake pan in baking pan.
  • Carefully pour hot water into baking pan so it comes halfway up side of cake pan.
  • Bake 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove cake pan from water bath.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Carefully loosen sides of custard from pan with a knife.
  • Cover and refrigerate 3 hours or until chilled.
  • May be chilled overnight.
  • To unmold, invert pan onto a large shallow plate or pie dish.
  • Garnish with mango and kiwi slices, if desired.
  • *Guava paste is available in the international aisle of grocery store, it is sold in bars.

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Reviews

  1. Izy Hossack
    Such an interesting dessert to make - I had never cooked with guava paste before and I've fallen in love with the flavour! The light fruitiness of the guava was lovely with this flan which had a surprisingly light texture to it.
     
  2. jlg1306
    Beautifully made and a delicious flavor! I followed the recipe EXACTLY!!! The flan itself has perfect texture however I would have preferred it to have a bit more kick of the guava, but that was easily fixed by adding a few guava paste slices on the side!
     
  3. mvelezlaw
    Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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