We’re going to talk about Guava Strawberry Pie during this post, but first let me tell you a story. I met a man earlier this week who said he worked as a psychologist. He was a man of quickfire questions who left little time for replies. Yet, somehow, you left his side feeling as though you had shared your innermost self with him. He asked me, at one point, in his speed-questioning way, what had been the overarching lesson I had gleamed from my father. Pressed for time and without much time to think, the reply came on its own, “Do what you need to do, when you need to do it, and enjoy doing it.” Without of a moment of hesitation, he asked me the same question about my mother. Again, there wasn’t time to think this through. Yet again, the reply came on its own. “Love others to the best of your ability.”
Wow. How is it that in twenty seconds of my time, this man brought about two things about me that even I didn’t know? Why have I never really asked myself these questions? I was shocked, a little lost in reverie, as he went on to explore his own curiosity within my psyche. It was certainly an experience, and a very pertinent one in my life. Today, I want to celebrate the two people who have celebrated my efforts, who have loved me through my annoying phases and my know-it-all ones, and who have encouraged me to get past those phases. These people have sacrificed more for me than I have ever sacrificed for everyone in my life put together.
In their honor, this recipe brings in a hint of Cuban flavor to it with some guava and lime. It is very traditional for Cuban sweets to revolve around tropical fruits. In honor of the new things that their love allowed me to experience, I’ve incorporated a few of my favorite American flavors. Won’t you indulge me by indulging in this sweet treat? This pie really is “the best of both worlds.” Sweet, homey, and delicious. Grab some vanilla ice cream and a warm piece of pie, and let the memories take you where they may! I will gladly join you.
- 2 9-inch pie crusts (for one double-crust pie) [Here's my personal favorite recipe]
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¾ cup - 1 cup sugar (depending on the sweetness of your fruit)
- 2 cups of strawberries, cut into 2-4 pieces
- 2 cups of guava, peeled, seeded, and sliced into 1" x ½" pieces
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, sugar, and cinnamon and mix well.
- In a medium bowl, mix up your fruit and lime juice.
- Add your sugar mixture to your fruit, and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Line your pie dish with one of your pie crusts and blind bake it for 10 minutes. Pull it out of the oven and pour your fruit mixture into it.
- Place the second crust over the pie and cut a few slits into it.
- Lower the oven to 400 degrees, and place the pie in the oven.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for 30-35 more minutes, until crust is a golden brown.