Glazed Pineapple Guava Bread is a quick bread (AKA short bread), and if we’re being honest, that means cake! This sweet, subtly tropical-flavored bread is lovely for breakfast with coffee or after dinner for dessert. And any time in between, of course!
A friend and neighbor has a pineapple guava tree in her yard, and I’m a fortunate recipient of a big bag of this delicious tropical fruit every year.
As a result, I’ve made a lot of pineapple guava recipes over the years.
This Glazed Pineapple Guava Bread, with its sweet tropical, nutty flavor is one of my favorites.
The texture is soft and it makes for a great anytime-snack, a perfect breakfast with coffee, and a delightful dessert after dinner.
Above: Pineapple Guavas — one of many different guava varieties.
What You’ll Need
- unsalted butter – It’s always good to bake (and cook) with unsalted butter so you can ultimately control how much salt is in a finished recipe.
- Pineapple guavas – Guavas come in a range of varieties. Size and color vary greatly, from yellow and green skin, to white and bright pink flesh. I use Pineapple guavas (also know as Feijoas) in this bread. They’re a deep green color with a creamy-light pinkish interior. Choose ripe guavas that are soft with a little bit of give when lightly pressed. You can also tell a guava is ripe by its tropical scent.
- crushed pineapple in juice
- golden brown sugar
- pure vanilla extract – I like this one.
- all-purpose flour – You can also use gluten-free all-purpose flour.
- baking powder – If you don’t bake regularly, it’s a good idea to check to be sure your baking powder is still good. To do so, pour a couple of tablespoons of boiling water over about 1/4 teaspoon of the baking powder. If it starts to fizz, it’s still good.
- powdered sugar
How to Make Guava Bread
– Preheat the oven to 350° F, and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
– Cut the guavas in half, and use a small spoon to scoop out the flesh — you need about 3/4 cup.
– Add it to a blender with crushed pineapple and blend until you have a smooth purée, about 10 seconds on high. It will look like mashed banana.
– Remove about ¼ cup of the puréed fruit, strain it and add it to a small saucepan. Set it aside.
– Pour the remaining puréed fruit into a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir until you have as smooth a mixture as possible.
– In a second mixing bowl, evenly combine the flour, baking powder, salt and allspice. Then fold the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix in the melted butter.
– Pour the batter in the prepared pan. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake until it doesn’t move when jiggled, about 50 minutes. It should be golden brown and cracking on top.
– While the bread is baking, gradually sift the powdered sugar into the saucepan with the strained fruit purée, whisking as you go. Place the pan over low heat and continue to whisk until there are no lumps. It will look like applesauce.
– Drizzle the bread with the glaze while it’s still warm.
Important Recipe Tips
- Everyone’s guavas will be different! It would be impossible for them to be the same, unless we all picked them from the same tree, the same day, and they just happened to be the same size. Some will be super juicy, some might not be juicy at all. And . . . we might all scoop out more of less of the fruit. Whatever the consistency, however you scoop, you will need 3/4 cup of the flesh.
- You can substitute the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour all-0. It’s been tested with Cup4Cup and it works very well.
- Don’t worry if the glaze is on the thick side, you can spread it over the top with a flat-edged spatula, or thin it a bit by whisking in a little bit of water.
- While I love the Pineapple Gauvas, any variety will work well.
How to Store it
- The bread can be made up to two days ahead of time — and you can keep it at room temperature, in an airtight container.
- After two days, it can be refrigerated for a few days, or frozen for up to about three months, wrapped tightly. (If you freeze it, using Ziploc freezer bags is easy.)
*Ideally, the glaze should be added close to when you want to serve it.
When is guava season?
Guavas have a fairly long season that typically starts in the fall and goes into spring.
If you’re loving guava season, you might also like this No-Churn Pineapple Guava Ice Cream.
Glazed Pineapple Guava Bread Recipe
- Set the oven and prepare the pan. Preheat the oven to 350° F, and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Prepare the guavas. Cut the guavas in half, and use a small spoon to scoop out the flesh -- you need about ¾ cup of it. Add it to a blender with the entire contents of the can of crushed pineapple, and blend until you have a smooth purée, about 10 seconds on high. You should have 1½ cups of the puréed fruit.Remove ¼ cup of this mixture, strain it, and add it to small saucepan. Set aside.
- Make the batter. Pour the remaining juice into a large mixing bowl and add the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir until you have as smooth a mixture as possible. In a second mixing bowl, evenly combine the flour, baking powder, salt and allspice.Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, fold in the the melted butter, and pour the batter in the prepared pan.
- Bake. Place the pan in the preheated 350° F oven and bake until it’s completely solid and doesn't move when jiggled, about 50 minutes. It should be golden brown and cracking on top. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes.
- Make the glaze. While the bread is baking, gradually sift the powdered sugar into the saucepan with the guava, whisking as you go. Place the pan over low heat and continue to whisk until there are no lumps, just a minute or so.
- Drizzle glaze, slice and serve. Once the bread has cooled to room temperature, drizzle or spread it with the glaze. (You will likely have more than enough.) Slice and serve.
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