August 21, 2017
I first saw this Guava Banana Cake displayed amongst many snacks at a Café da Tarde (meal of afternoon snacks). Our Brazilian friends hosted this event. Their beautiful table was laid out with assorted dishes. Of course, I asked about the cake. It’s made with hunks of tart goiabada (guava paste) tossed into a fluffy white cake batter. I knew my readers would love it.
Goiabada – Lanche Mineiro – Guava Banana Cake or Lanche Mineiro is a tropical cake from the Minas Gerais Region in Brazil. It has a touch of sweetness, just enough to offset the tart guava fruit. The thick layer of creamy warm banana and the crusty cinnamon sugar, told me this is no ordinary cake.
Lanche Mineiro translates from Portuguese to literally mean snack of the MInas Gerais Region in Brazil. The mountainous terrain protects the fertile lands where guava orchards produce this gnarly fruit. Once the fruit is heavy on the tree, the locals combine the fuchsia flesh with sugar, cook it down to produce a thick conserve, called Goiabada. It is then cooled, cut into bricks, wrapped in cello and shipped to market. Goiabada is what gives Lanche Mineiro its characteristic flavour. In North America, you’ll likely find Guava paste packed in flat metal cans. Not surprisingly, the canned version is much sweeter than its Brazilian counterpart. To my good fortune, my friend offered me a Goiabada Cascao brick that she brought back from Brazil. With it I can recreate a genuine Lanche Mineiro or Guava Banana Cake for you.
This snack mixes and bakes easily and takes no time in the oven. Once the mise en place is complete, you’ll need only 15 minutes. This cake is fruity, flavourful and delightful.
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