It is only once we live outside our country of birth that we appreciate the cuisine we grew up with. Something as quick and easy as a guava mousse brings back precious childhood memories.
Many South Africans simply refer to it as “koejawelspons poeding”, which is the Afrikaans version of ‘Guava Foam dessert’. “Koejawel” meaning guava; “spons” meaning mousse in this instance; and “poeding” referring to dessert or as the English say, pudding.
We know that pudding, as the English refer to dessert, is all thanks to the Brits. However, the exact origin of today’s tasty publication is unknown. That said, growing up in South Africa this was a treat since as early as I can remember.
So with that said, add a bit of South African cuisine to your next party menu, or family gathering with this delicious tropical fruit. If you are unable to get hold of canned guavas, we shared some shopping tips towards the end of the page.
Time To Make: 20 minutes
Time To Set: 90 minutes
Cuisine: Possibly South African
Getting hold of the ingredients is a SAFFAS-challenge (South Africans Far Foreign Adventure) in some parts of Europe.
For instance, you will not easily find fresh guavas (or guava trees, for that matter) growing on pavements or in residential gardens, or even in garden nurseries. The climate is simply not conducive to this tropical fruit.
So, what are the options?
I’m sharing some links to ease your shopping.
Similarly, the preferred solution for getting hold of Ideal Milk was a matter of via my luggage bags!
You may want to try “sweet milk” or look out for MARESI, Original. Maresi Original (available in Hungary) does the same job as South Africa’s Ideal/Evaporated Milk.
In conclusion, just one more tip. Don’t break the guava seeds, because your Guava Foam dessert will have sharp pieces from the broken seeds. Mix by hand, so the texture is smooth.