About a week ago, I went to a friend’s house to pick up something I had ordered from her. When I stepped on her porch I could smell this really sweet, fruity scent. When she opened the door the first thing I said was “what smells SO GOOD out here???” It smelled absolutely divine. I can’t even describe it. She informed me that it was Paw Paw fruit from her Paw Paw tree. Seriously? I had only heard of them from The Jungle Book movie! Is there really such a thing? Yes, there really is. She gave me a bag of them to take home and try. She told me that they are an ‘acquired taste’ for most people, so don’t be alarmed if you take a bite and don’t really like it at first. So, I took my little bag of Paw Paws home and was anxious to taste one and make something with them.
First, I just cut one open, and ate a bit of the flesh with a spo0n. Hmm…she’s right. I didn’t love it. But I didn’t hate it either. I couldn’t decide. So, I made muffins with a few. I did like the muffins better than the plain paw paw, but I still didn’t love it. My husband really liked the muffins though. Here’s the recipe, in case you ever come across some Paw Paw fruit yourself!
Paw Paw Muffins
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3 medium-large paw paws (or 4 small ones), flesh removed
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- 3/4 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup walnuts
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In seperate bowl, combine paw paw flesh, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and egg yolk. Stir just until mixed together. Add dry ingredients and walnuts to paw paw mixture, stirring just until combined. Don’t overmix.
Divide evenly into 5 or 6 muffin cups (grease the muffin cups or use papers). Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted comes out clean. Cool slightly before serving.