Recipes include dishes prepared using
locally available market, wildcrafted and store foods.
Pawpaws are available at the farmer's market right now (October
2002)--it's been a great year for them. Or go out in the woods
shake down your own.
You will need about as many pawpaws as will fill a brown paper
sack. If they are not all ripe at the same time (they usually
put the ripe ones in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the fridge
will wait for the others. A pawpaw is ripe when it is easily dented
with your finger.
Start by preparing the pawpaws. This is a messy job, and not
as easy as
mashing bananas, but it's fun. You just need a paring knife. Cut
open, dig the seeds out, scrape the fruit into a bowl. You can
seeds in your mouth and suck the excess fruit off of them until
overwhelmed with the flavor--after that, you can strip the fruit
off of the seeds with a knife, and get a little extra fruit for
bread--but the raccoons at the compost pile will appreciate it
don't, so don't feel obliged.
Mash the pawpaws with a potato masher or a fork.
Now you can preheat the oven: 350 degrees. And oil two loaf pans,
8X8 pans. Here's the recipe:
2/3 cup oil (I use canola)
1/3 cup honey (use 2/3 for a cake-like sweetness; this gives a
4 large eggs or 6 small
Add these ingredients to the mashed fruit and mix really well.
another bowl, mix well:
3 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 t baking powder
1 t soda
1/2 t salt
Add this to the pawpaw mixture and mix just until it's all combined.
Pour into pans and bake 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes
clean. Be careful not to overbake; it gets dry easily.
This bread doesn't quite have the flavor of raw pawpaws--there's
little edge that develops during cooking--but it's a great way
them after you are tired of just munching them raw. I recommend
ice cream--in my case, the non-dairy kind--to make it perfect.
by Denise Breeden-Ost
Denise lives in Bloomington and spends most of her time being
a mom at the moment,
with occasional writing breaks. Picking pawpaws and baking count
toward being a mom.
to get more information on this exotic fruit.