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Espumillas or guava meringue cream

Espumillas are a a popular street food in Ecuador, this dessert is a meringue cream made with fruit pulp, typically guava or guayaba, egg whites and sugar.
Course Dessert, Snack, Street Food
Cuisine Ecuadorian, Latin
Keyword Ecuadorian Meringue, Espumillas, Guava
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ripe guavas or guayabas – if you can’t find fresh guavas you can get them frozen in Latin grocery stores and defrost them
  • 1 - 1 ½ cups sugar adjust based on your preference, you can start with 1 cup and then taste and add more if needed
  • 2 egg whites

Garnishes:

  • Arrope or berry syrup
  • Sprinkles and/or coconut flakes

Instructions

  • Peel the guavas -they should be very soft and ripe- with a vegetable peeler. Remove the seeds and just keep the meaty flesh parts. Put the guava pieces in a large bowl and mix it with sugar until everything is pureed. You can use a fork or a vegetable masher for this part.
  • The alternative method is to cut the guavas in halves, place them in the blender (no water), and blend until you have a puree. Then strain the puree and use an electric blender to mix in the sugar.
  • Add the egg whites to the guava and sugar puree, mix using the electric mixer until you have stiff creamy texture. As mentioned the texture will be coarser if you made the guava puree by hand and smoother if it was done in the blender.
  • Serve immediately in ice cream bowls or ice cream cones, drizzle with the arrope or berry sauce and sprinkles or coconut flakes.