Masa Real de Guayaba (Guava Pie with Royal Crust)
A great dessert bar that is deliciously different. A layer of thick sweet guava paste sandwiched between two layers of rich, dense cake. A wonderful treat to bring to a party, they’re always a hit.
Servings: 12 squares
- ¾ pound guava paste
- 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch of salt
- pinch of black pepper
- ½ pound (2 sticks) butter (softened)
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350° and prepare 9x13 baking dish by treating it with non-stick cooking spray.
- Cut the guava paste into thin slices and set aside.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
- Combine the butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl and beat together using an electric mixer.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, then the water and vanilla and continue mixing until ingredients are combined into a stiff dough.
- Divide the dough in half.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a rectangle about the size of the pan.
- Put one half in the pan, pressing the edges into the corners covering the bottom.
- Spread the guava paste slices over the crust, completely covering it.
- Place the remaining crust on top, stretching the dough with your fingers to cover the guava.
- Bake for about 50 minutes until lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- When cool cut into 3x3 squares for serving.