A few months ago, I wrote about using fruit parings to make mystery juice and using the pulp left over from that process in lieu of apple sauce in baking. I'm still doing that, but with a slight variation: I no longer remove the seeds.
My new routine after making juice is to mash the pulp, pick out leaves and stems (and pineapple cores, if applicable), and include everything else in baking. The apple, pear, and melon seeds give breads and muffins a wonderful texture, much like that of store bought bread that contains sunflower seeds. Of course, the seeds themselves are nutritionally rich, containing proteins, fats, and minerals not found in other parts of the fruit.
I've especially enjoyed this recipe as a breakfast bread. Its a variation on one found in Auguste Gay's
New Presentation of Cooking (1924).
2.5 c flour
5tsp baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
1.5 c whole milk
2 tsp sugar
2 T butter or oil
Combine dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients. You should have a stiff batter, if not, add more milk. Bake in a greased loaf pan (or two small loaf pans) f
or approximately 30 minutes at 375.
I used 1.5 c of fruit pulp (with seeds) and about 1/3 c milk in place of the milk called for in the recipe. The resulting bread was delicious, if a little crumbly. It is not a good sandwich bread, but it does quite nicely toasted with butter or eaten cold with cream cheese or peanut butter. It does not taste at all like fruit.
In other news, I've also been reading about uses for the pits in stone fruits. Apparently they can be boiled to give the boiling liquid (commonly milk) an almond flavor. The pits, even once boiled, can also be roasted and cracked open, and the inner kernels (noyaux) can be eaten or used like almonds. Indeed, I've read that apricots have traditionally been grown in part for their pits. Only eat noyaux in moderation, though, as they do contain a significantly higher concentration of cyanide than almonds. That said, they should not be entirely discounted as a food source, as people around the world have consumed them for centuries.
This post has been linked to Busy Monday and MYHSM.