Paw Paw Quick Bread
Even though we have been having an exceptionally warm fall so far, colder weather is coming and that puts baking on my mind. Nothing seems better than a chilly day and leaves falling off the trees and the house being warmed by the oven filled with breads, pies, muffins etc. I love the traditional favorites like banana, zucchini, and and coffee cake quick breads, but I wanted to switch it up.
Paw Paws are fruit I have never heard of or tasted before my husband and I went to his boss’s house and he told us he grows them in his yard. They are native to eastern United States and Canada and are the size of a large pear but taste like it is a cross between a mango, banana and a citrus fruit. The custardy inside makes you feel like you are on a vacation in the tropics! They are delicious on their own can be used is many different recipies I am finding.
Now that I am officially on my maternity leave and patiently waiting for baby #2 to arrive, I am looking forward to spending some much needed Mommy Son bonding time with Liam. He loves to stand on our step stool and help me in the kitchen so baking recipes are perfect for us because he gets to stir the ingredients in the bowl. On the days that it is just too cold or rainy to play outside, this makes for a great activity!
I found a basic quick bread recipe using paw paws on http://www.alexandracooks.com and it worked out so well! I want to try making it again using some whole wheat four and other nutrient dense ingredients in the future but the bread was delicious just like this.
This recipe made two loafs however I should mention that one of my loaf pans was a little smaller than the other and it was just enough batter. They came out delicious and are perfect with a light spread of butter or jam. Great for breakfast or little snack when I need to nibble on something.
Paw Paw Quick Bread
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups paw paw pulp about 3 paw paws
Preheat the oven to 350F and grease your loaf pans with cooking spray.
Mix together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Cream sugar and butter until fluffy
Add eggs one at a time, making sure each one is thoroughly incorporated.
Add vanilla and the paw paw pulp and beat until combined.
Add the dry ingredients and mix only until incorporated, not overly mixed
Pour batter into greased loaf pans and bake 45-55 minutes or until set.
Let cool before removing for 10 minutes.