Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Our February Theme on You want Pies with that, chosen by Mary the Food Librarian...."Literary Pie". After thinking over and over, I couldn't find nothing related until I remember that when I used to live in Brazil my favorite dessert was Romeo and Juliet ( cheese with guava ), that's the way they called it because like Romeo and Juliet, cheese and Guava go great together and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make this again. But instead of just the cheese, I made a cheesecake with a guava cream on top. This is so good, you need to try sometimes.

For the crust:
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
For the cheesecake:
2 pounds (four 8-ounce boxes) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sour cream or heavy cream, or a combination of the two
To make the crust:
1. Butter a 9-inch springform pan
2. Stir the crumbs, sugar and salt together in a medium bowl. Pour over the melted butter and stir until all of the dry ingredients are uniformly moist. (I do this with my fingers.) Turn the ingredients into the buttered springform pan and use your fingers to pat an even layer of crumbs along the bottom of the pan and about halfway up the sides.
3. Center a rack in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F and place the springform on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Set the crust aside to cool on a rack while you make the cheesecake.
4. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
To make the cheesecake:
1. Put a kettle of water on to boil
2. Working in a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese at medium speed until it is soft and lives up to the creamy part of its name, about 4 minutes. With the mixer running, add the sugar and salt and continue to beat another 4 minutes or so, until the cream cheese is light. Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one by one, beating for a full minute after each addition—you want a well-aerated batter. Reduce the mixer speed to low and stir in the sour cream and/or heavy cream.
3. Put the foil-wrapped springform pan in the roaster pan.
4. Give the batter a few stirs with a rubber spatula, just to make sure that nothing has been left unmixed at the bottom of the bowl, and scrape the batter into the springform pan. The batter will reach the brim of the pan. (If you have a pan with lower sides and have leftover batter, you can bake the batter in a buttered ramekin or small soufflé mold.) Put the roasting pan in the oven and pour enough boiling water into the roaster to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
5. Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, at which point the top will be browned (and perhaps cracked) and may have risen just a little above the rim of the pan. Turn off the oven's heat and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon. Allow the cheesecake to luxuriate in its water bath for another hour.
6. After 1 hour, carefully pull the setup out of the oven, lift the springform pan out of the roaster—be careful, there may be some hot water in the aluminum foil—remove the foil. Let the cheesecake come to room temperature on a cooling rack.
7. When the cake is cool, cover the top lightly and chill the cake for at least 4 hours, although overnight would be better.
To make the topping:
Get about 2 cups of guava paste and put it on a pan in a medium heat until dissolves, you can add a couple tablespoons of water to make it easy to dissolve . After dissolved, you can spread all over the cheesecake. This is so yummi!!!


Carrie said...

I love Romeo and Juliet and I love cheesecake, this is perfect!! I've never had guava before, I bet that's delicious!

KeL said...

Yes Carries, thats the perfect combination. Definetelly try!!

Gigi said...

love the cheesecake flavor! and the sticky buns look delish!

Natashya said...

That looks so wonderfully decadent! I am willing to help you finish it if there are any leftovers!

Thinkbility said...

Um dos meus favoritos. Oh god.

Jacque said...

I've never tried guava before. It sounds so interesting, I wish I could have a little sample of your cheesecake. It looks delish!

suz said...

One of my favorite things in the ENTIRE universe is the guava/cheese combination. This pie looks maddeningly good!

Jen H said...

There is a fab bakery in LA that I miss that makes the tastiest guava/cheese pastries. I may need to try this one out! Awesome job!

Nichi said...

That sounds and looks delicious!

The Food Librarian said...

Oh, this looks so good. I love guava in Brazilian food. Delicious! Thank you for baking along with me this month! - mary the food librarian