Saturday, September 22, 2012

Guava Shells filled with Dulce de Leche, from Colombia

Pink guavas cut in halves

As soon as we left Bogota we saw grazing cows. The blue-green mountain gems encased a small wooden cabin where souvenir hammocks and other items were sold along with coffee and heavenly arequipe popsicles. 

 After descending about eight hundred meters or so, green valleys decorated with red bougainvilleas lay peacefully near a golf course. Nearby, we had dessert-- aromatic guava shells filled with arequipe.

Guava Shells
1/2 pound guavas, peeled and halved
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 lime
Boil the guava halves in water for 1 hour. Take out seeds. Add sugar, more water, and the 1/4 of a lime. 

Unpeeled guavas facing open halves

Boil for 10 minutes, then remove the guava shells, and continue boiling the syrup until it thickens. 

Take dulce de leche or arequipe or cajeta, and place inside the guava shells. Serve and enjoy!

Guava shells next to dulce de leche sea candy decorations


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