Guava Compote


This is a real comfort food for our family – we grow our own guavas at Little Farm and used to grow them in South Africa. Eating this compote for dessert with warmed custard is something that we did regularly – a few times a week. It brings back memories of warm kitchens, loving families, and my favorite (first) pet, a cocker spaniel who lived to the ripe old age of 15 and was buried under the large oak tree that I could see from my bedroom. I was born and married from the same home. How blessed was I…


3 lbs 12-16 Guavas ( depending on size) peeled and sliced in quarters

Juice of 4 lemons ( no pits)

2 cups of sugar

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  1. Peel 12 guavas and slice into quarters.
  2. Place in a pot.
  3. Add the juice of 4 lemons.
  4. Add 2 cups of sugar.
  5. Place on the stove at medium low until the mixture starts to boil then reduce to low until the mixture reduces to a thickness that you like – some like it less liquid and some more.
  6. Serve with custard ( you can buy it in sachets and make it up with milk – best brand is Bird Custard, or in small boxes which is already constituted as liquid) that has been warmed slightly. Delicious!

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I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all – Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.

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2 Responses to Guava Compote

  1. Colleen says:

    Sounds delish! I am trying this now and my kitchen smells like heaven! Since I am also from South Africa so I am especially delighted to be trying this recipe – it feels like a hug from home!

    • Grandma says:

      So glad to hear that Colleen! Smells, tastes, sounds and pictures bring it all back don’t they? More coming in future blogs so stay connected! Thanks for your comment.

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