Fruits in Baking

Have you ever baked any fruit or vegetables? Do you remember their natural sweetness and softness? You may eat baked fruits in a diversity of ways.

The main secret of baking fruits is not to bake them too long in order the flesh doesn’t turn into mush.

The first thing you should do is to preheat the oven to 180-200 C degrees. Place fruit in one layer in a greased pan. Add some water and sugar, spices, vanilla and zest to your taste. Bake fruit for about 20-40 minutes. You can check their preparedness with a toothpick – they must be soft.

You can bake almost all fruit and vegetables. Vegetables are an excellent side dish to meat or fish. Besides, they can be served as a separate dish with some salad.

Baked fruit and vegetables are healthy and tasty dessert. They can be served with ice cream, cottage cheese, natural yoghurt. By the way they also accomplish perfectly sweet pastries and mini-sandwiches.

Here are some recipes how to bake delicious fruits for babies and adults at home.

Baked Apples

The aroma and taste of baked apples remind us of our childhood. An interesting fact is that baked apples are more useful than fresh. Wonder why?

They excrete bad cholesterol and help mix free radicals because they contain a lot of pectin. Also they help intestine work properly.

Baked apples are a kind of dessert that can be served separately or to meat or fish dish.

So, here is a recipe.

Without peeling, core some apples. Sprinkle with some cinnamon it you want.  Add some raisins and a wee dash of brown sugar to your taste. Place the apples in a pan, add some water inside (2-3 inches). Bake in the oven until skin puckers.

Baked Peaches, Nectarines and Plums

Peaches and plums have similar properties. They are rich and varied in vitamin-mineral complex. These fruits contain beta-carotene, vitamins B, C, E, K, H and PP, as well as potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, iron, phosphorus and sodium, pectins, organic acids such as tartaric, malic, citric.

The following recipe will vary your usual meals.

Take peaches, nectarines and plums, halve them. Do not peel them. If you want, you can remove the stones. Add 2 inch of water to a pan. Place fruit “face down” until cooked or skin begins puckering. When they are ready, you can slip off the skin if you want and enjoy.

Baked Bananas and Pears

As for bananas, they are also useful fruit. They contain fiber (for normal digestion), starch (splits and converts into glucose), carbohydrates (a source of energy), proteins (for growth  and development), vitamins (B2, B6, B1, PP, A, C, pectin, tannins, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, malic acid, potassium). As you see, bananas are a depository of vitamins. That’s why you can include them in a diet by baking them.

Take a few bananas and pears, peel and cut them. Pears should be cut in half. Pour some olive oil in the baking pan. Remember to watch pears because they are so soft and bake up faster than you can imagine. It’s approximately 10-15 minutes. Then if you desire, you can sprinkle the dish with some cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger.

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