Bahamian Guava Duff

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Bahamian Guava Duff

Spongy, soft slices of guava-spiraled dough are served warm with sweet butter rum sauce in the classic Bahamian dessert, guava duff. This authentic recipe is a little complex but completely worth the time. Remember that the key to having the most delicious duff is the rum sauce!


  • 12 fresh guavas*
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 4 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups shortening
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp boiling water
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tbsp rum


  1. Peel, seed, and dice the guavas. Strain, reserving the juice.
  2. Place the guava in a saucepan with enough water  to cover completely. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Bring to a simmer and simmer until the guava is soft.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and stir well. Mix in the shortening. Add the milk and egg and mix well to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured board.
  5. Spoon on the cooked guava and spread evenly. Roll up the dough into a log with a guava spiral. Carefully seal the edges.
  6. Wrap the dough in parchment paper and foil and tie tightly with kitchen twine. Place in a large pot of boiling water. Boil for about 1 hour.
  7. Cut into about 1″ thick slices. Serve warm with the rum sauce.


  1. Cream the butter until soft.
  2. Gradually beat in the confectioners sugar.
  3. Add the boiling water, salt, and rum and beat until smooth and fluffy.


  • * If you can’t find fresh guava, substitute with canned guava shells, guava jam or frozen guava pulp. Be sure to adjust for sweetness!

Adapted from Our Caribbean Eats.