Pawpaw has been called the ‘fruit of the angels’ – when you try these heavenly combinations you’ll know why
Grown in the lush tropical environment of the Philippines, Dole pawpaw (or papaya) offers melt-inthe-mouth flavour with health benefits to boot. A source of antioxidants and vitamins C, A and E, pawpaw brings a burst of sunshine to baked treats and desserts, and mouthwatering juiciness to savoury dishes such as the bacon and spinach salad featured here, which has a delicious interplay of sweet and salty. Whether you go sweet or savoury, it’s the golden colour and buery deliciousness of pawpaw that makes these recipes come to life.
Gluten-free pawpaw & almond friands
Ready in 45 minutes | Makes 12 | GF
⅔ cup diced fresh Dole pawpaw 1 lime 5 egg whites ⅓ cup cornflour ¼ tsp baking powder ¾ cup icing sugar 125g melted butter 1½ cups ground almonds ½ cup desiccated coconut Slivers Dole pawpaw and thinly sliced lime, to decorate (optional)
1 Preheat oven to 190°C. Grease a 12-cup friand or muffin pan.
2 Place diced pawpaw in a bowl. Zest the lime and set the zest aside. Add a good squeeze of lime juice to the pawpaw.
3 In a medium bowl whip egg whites to so peaks. Si in cornflour, baking powder and icing sugar and lightly fold in. Add the melted buer, ground almonds, coconut and lime zest and fold in. Lastly, add the pawpaw and any accumulated juices.
4 Spoon into pan and decorate tops with slivers of pawpaw and lime if desired. Bake for 25 minutes or until risen and golden. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
> Friands can be served warm or cold with
> If you only have a 6-cup friand pan, make only half the mixture (if you try to cook them in 2 batches, the second batch will not rise properly).
Pawpaw, spinach & bacon salad
Ready in 20 minutes | Serves 4 | DF | GF
200g dry-cured bacon, diced ¼ cup slivered almonds 1 Dole pawpaw 1 cos lettuce, rinsed and separated into leaves 2-3 cups baby spinach leaves ½ red onion, sliced Snow pea shoots and mint sprigs, to decorate (optional) DRESSING 1 Tbsp oil 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup 2 Tbsp lime juice
1 Place bacon pieces in a frying pan and cook gently until crisp. With a