Pawpaw is an indigenous fruit to the U.S., its taste is similar to banana. It has many nicknames, including 'Kentucky banana', 'prairie banana', 'poor man's banana' and 'banango'.
1 cup pawpaw purée
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
- Cream shortening, add sugar gradually, and beat until fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pawpaw purée.
- Sift together remaining dry ingredients and add in four portions, beating smooth each time.
- Pour batter into a greased, floured loaf pan (8 x 4 x 3-inches) and bake in a moderate oven (350°F | 175°C) for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean. Cool on rack before slicing.
- Serve slices buttered or with cream cheese.
Makes 1 1oaf.
Tip: To vary this recipe, add 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, and 1/2 cup candied orange peel.
Recipe courtesy of Kentucky State University.