Guava cheese (Perad)

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Guava cheese is a one of the most commonly prepared sweets in most Catholic households for Christmas. It is chewy and yet a melt in the mouth kind of fudge if prepared correctly. It is known as Perad in Goa.

Few basic ingredients go into the making of Guava cheese i.e guava, sugar, lemon juice & butter. The short list of ingredients are compensated for the lengthy procedure. But that end result definitely makes it worth the effort. These will disappear faster than the total time it will take you to prepare them. At least I can easily gobble 4-5 in one go 😀 They are extremely addictive.

I meant to share this recipe last Christmas. But I couldn’t find fresh guava’s here. Since my Mum-in-law was here, last Christmas, I thought I’d learn and document the recipe. Now she has only made this with fresh guavas, so it was definitely going to be a hit or miss. Somehow her tried and tested recipe did not work with the readymade pulp.


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This time I spotted tiny guavas at Walmart, and the first thing that came to my mind was Guava cheese. I just picked up that box out of impulse and set to make this at 11 pm in the night. Talk about obsession! And imagine by delight, when I saw that beautifully set guava cheese with a beautiful smooth finish, in the morning, I was on cloud 9!! I couldn’t help but taste a small piece of all my late night hard work. It was perfect, and just melted in the mouth, not overly chewy! Just as we like it 🙂 Yay!! I’m glad to strike off of one more thing from my never ending but rather increasing to-do list! 🙂

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I’m sharing these guava cheese with my blogger friend Priti@My pinch of yum for her “COLLECTIVE FOR CHRISTMAS”.  Priti is yet another of the few bloggers with whom I happened to connect during my initial days of blogging ! Do stop by her blog to check out the deliciousness she shares. If you would like to contribute for her Christmas collective  (share posts related to Xmas or Party Recipes, Vegan/Gluten-free Recipes, Cakes, DIY, Party/Menu Planning, Gift Ideas, Travel, Crafts and Activities), please click here to know how you can share your creations.

And now, let’s see how to prepare Guave cheese 🙂

Ingredients: Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml  (Yields 2o or 40 depending on the thickness)

500 grams Guava’s

300 grams sugar

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

4-5 drops of red food color

Preparation:

1. Wash the guavas well. Heat water in a large pot, once it comes to a boil, add the gauvas. Cook until the guavas are tender, drain the water in a bowl and reserve it for further use. Once the guavas are warm enough to handle, peel as much of the skin as you can & scoop out the seeds.

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2. Boil the seeds with 1/2 cup of the reserved water.

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3. Pass the guava’s through a fine mesh sieve, collect the pulp in a bowl. You may also puree and then pass it through the sieve.

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4. Also pass the seeds boiled in water through the fine mesh sieve and collect the extract in the bowl containing the guava pulp. Weigh out the total pulp. You will need exactly the same amount of sugar or slightly more if the guavas are not very sweet. I had a total yield of 300 grams ( 1 & 1/2 cup gauva pulp), and so have used 300 grams sugar.

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5. In a dry pot , add the guava pulp and the sugar. Stir on medium heat to prevent it from burning at the bottom. Use a long wooden handle preferably to make stirring easier.

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6. After about 10 minutes, the mixture  will start bubbling, add in the lemon juice and continue stirring. If it bubbles vigorously then reduce the heat to low and continue stirring.

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7. After another 10-15 minutes of stirring the mixture will have reduced and will begin to thicken. Add butter and the food color, and keep stirring till the mixture leaves the edges of the pan or when you scrape the mixture at the bottom, it stays apart for few seconds.

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8. To test : Keep a bowl of ice cold water ready, take little mixture and transfer it to the water, try to form a ball. If you can, it is done.

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9. Remove from the heat and immediately transfer to a well greased plate or tin. Smooth it out on top. Leave it to cool and set at room temperature for 6-8 hours. Cut into desired pieces and store in an air tight container. I got a total of 20 pieces with 1/2 inch thickness. You can reduce the thickness to 1/4 inch and get double the yield.

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42 comments

  1. Loretta says:

    Perad Freda? OH MY!! Gimme 🙂 Yours turned out just amazing for a first try. Love the translucency and that color is just gorgeous! Will you be making “kunswar” for the Christmas holidays? I’m taking a break from all the baking, but I know I’ll regret not starting the fruit cake ahead of time.

    • Freda Dias says:

      Thanks Kathryn, it is more of an Indian sweet, rather Goan! I’ve not seen these in US, except for the brand Goya guava paste, it is some what similar to that in terms of texture, but still taste different.

  2. rasakama says:

    This is the first time I heard of it and by reading the title, I actually thought it’s a kind of cheese… like cheddar. I never even thought that guava can make such a delicious looking sweet. Truly nice recipe ! Thanks for sharing.

    • Freda Dias says:

      Yes sometimes we really don’t know how certain words get associated with dishes, even I’m clueless why it’s called Guave cheese 😀 Thanks a lot, glad you liked it 🙂

    • Freda Dias says:

      Yes sometimes we really don’t know how certain words get associated with dishes, even I’m clueless why it’s called Guava cheese 😀 Thanks a lot, glad you liked it 🙂

  3. saira says:

    Freda, I dont get mine right, Can u clarify, is the sugar quantity the same of the pulp, ( what I mean is if the pulp is 4 cups then I should use 4 cups sugar)

    • Freda Dias says:

      Hi Saira! It’s not equal measure in cups , it is in grams. A cup of sugar and a cup of guava pulp will not be the same, try Measuring out in grams, you will get it right 🙂

  4. sushmitha says:

    Hie Freda. Thank you for the recipe. I tried thw recipe without adding the colour n lil leas sugar. It turned out awesome. But the problem is i spread it on a greased plate. The top has dried completely but the inside n the base has still not dried even after a week. Bcoz od which i cannot cut it properly. Its all sticky inside.What must be the reason?

    • Freda Dias says:

      Hi Sushmita! The reason it hasn’t set is because you added less sugar. The sugar along with the pectin helps it set. Hence the recipe calls for an equal amount in weight of both guava and sugar. You can’t really do much, if you really want to do something about it, you can probably put it back on the stove, let it melt, add the remaining sugar what you haven’t added, and proceed with the recipe until you get the soft ball stage. I’m not sure if it will work now, just suggesting. Please do let me know.

      • sushmitha says:

        Ohhh I See 🙁

        I usually hog perad….i mean i can finish the whole lot in no time but i dont like it too sweet so i thought i’ll reduce the sugar.

        Never mind will njoy it anyways. It wont go waste as such 😉

        Thanks much dear. Appreciate ur help.

  5. Suneetha gr says:

    Hi Freda I tried this Guava cheese today and it came out really well, I didn’t add any colour but rest I followed your instructions. Guava is my favorite and very happy I tried your recipe. Thanks a ton.

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