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Brazilian Guava Pie Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp ice water
- 3 cups fresh guava, peeled and seeded
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

Special equipment needed:
- 9-inch pie dish
- rolling pin
- pastry brush
- parchment paper
- pie weights or dried beans
- saucepan

Step-by-step instructions:
a. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
b. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Add in the chilled butter and use a pastry cutter or your hands to mix until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
c. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and ice water. Add the mixture to the flour mixture and stir until the dough comes together.
d. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Roll out the dough to fit the pie dish and transfer it to the dish. Trim the edges and prick the bottom with a fork.
e. Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the weights and parchment paper and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
f. In a saucepan, combine guava, sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and the guava breaks down, about 10-15 minutes.
g. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream, butter, and vanilla extract until smooth.
h. Pour the guava filling into the baked crust and smooth the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set.
i. Let the pie cool to room temperature before serving.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
5. Temperature:
Serving size:
One 9-inch pie, serves 8-10 people.

Nutritional information:
Calories per serving: 311
Total fat: 16g
Saturated fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 65mg
Sodium: 116mg
Total carbohydrates: 41g
Dietary fiber: 2g
Total sugars: 24g
Protein: 2g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Instead of fresh guava, you can use canned guava pulp.
- You can use salted butter instead of unsalted butter, but adjust the amount of salt accordingly.
- Heavy cream can be substituted with half-and-half or whole milk.

- Add a tablespoon of lime juice to the guava filling for a tangy twist.
- Top the pie with whipped cream or meringue for added sweetness.
- Use a graham cracker crust instead of a traditional pie crust for a different texture.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the butter is chilled before mixing it into the flour mixture to ensure a flaky crust.
- Use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust before baking to prevent it from puffing up.
- If the guava filling is too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

Storage instructions:
Store the pie in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat individual slices in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the pie on a decorative pie plate or cake stand. Garnish with fresh guava slices or whipped cream.

Fresh guava slices, whipped cream, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Serve the pie with a cup of coffee or tea for a sweet treat.

Suggested side dishes:
Fresh fruit salad or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the crust is too dry, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time until it comes together.
- If the guava filling is too runny, add more cornstarch a tablespoon at a time until it thickens.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to wash and peel the guava before using it in the recipe.

Food history:
Guava is a tropical fruit that is native to Central and South America. It is commonly used in Brazilian cuisine to make desserts and jams.

Flavor profiles:
The pie has a sweet and slightly tangy flavor from the guava filling. The crust is buttery and flaky.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the pie as a dessert after a Brazilian-inspired meal.

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Region: Brazilian

Taste: Sweet, Tangy, Fruity, Creamy, Nutty