- Written by Cynthia Presser
Guava and cheese is a classic Brazilian dessert combination. They call it “Romeu e Julieta” (Romeo and Juliette) because it’s like they were made for each other!
Serves about 14
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 2 cans condensed milk (14 oz each)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup guava paste, chopped
- 1 cup water
Make the Caramel – Pour the sugar into a 10-inch mold pan and cook it on medium heat directly on the stove top until the sugar melts completely and turns golden brown, about 10 minutes. Swirl the pan so the caramel completely cover the base and about 1-inch up the sides of pan. Allow to cool and harden.
Make the Flan - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the condensed milk, whole milk, eggs, vanilla, and cream cheese in a large blender. Blend for about 20 seconds. Strain the milk mix into a large bowl, removing the foam that forms on the surface.
Pour the milk mix into the mold pan (make sure the caramel is firm so it does not incorporate into the flan) and cover with aluminum foil.
Place the mold pan in a large ovenproof dish filled up with warm water. Carefully transfer to the oven and bake for 50 minutes to one hour. The flan is ready when you stick a knife in it and it turns out clean.
Remove it from oven and let it cool down completely, at least 2 hours. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Make the Guava Sauce – Add the guava paste to a blender or food processor. Slowly add the water until you achieve the desired thickness. The sauce should have a consistency similar to the caramel.
How to unmold – gently run a small knife all around the mold pan, and then carefully flip it over a large plate. Spread the guava sauce on top and serve.
Guava and cheese is a classic Brazilian dessert combination. They call it “Romeu e Julieta” (Romeo and Juliette) because it’s like they were made for each other! It is definitely one of my favorite and most traditional dessert combinations in Brazil.
You can sprinkle extra shredded cheese on top to break the sweetness a little (see picture below.)
Guava paste can be found at the Latin section of your grocery store, or at international grocery stores. The brand Goya has a great one!
If you are in Fort Wayne, Indiana, you must get to George’s International in order to purchase the guava paste by Goya. It’s worth it! Or you can buy it online.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 6.9 g
Cholesterol 59.0 mg
Sodium 122.4 mg
Potassium 30.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 57.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Sugars 56.1 g
Protein 7.0 g