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Including freeze-dried fruit in your recipes

Written by Frank Kremer

Why use freeze-dried fruit?

The process of freeze-drying removes up to 98% of the water content of fruit while retaining all the goodness and flavour. So you end up with delicious little pieces of dry fruit that are packed with vitamins and concentrated natural flavour. Another added bonus is that they last ages, so you can keep them in the cupboard for snacking or for use in recipes. Paradise Fruits by Jahncke offers freeze-dried fruits in several different forms, including powders, slices and crunchy pieces, they are also formulated into Smoothie Bites and Cnusper. These options are perfectly suited to various different uses and recipes.

Blackberry Cheesecake  on the table

Blackberry Cheesecake on the table

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Popsicle with yogurt, blueberries, blackberries and lime

Popsicle with yogurt, blueberries, blackberries and lime

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Our favourite dessert recipes using freeze-dried fruit

Blueberry muffins are a classic that you can make all year round by using freeze-dried blueberries. You can also try so many different flavours, perhaps apple and pear or passionfruit and papaya. Be sure to add an additional 60ml of liquid to the recipe to allow for absorption by the fruit. Use your favourite cheesecake recipe and add a boost of flavour with freeze-dried fruit and powders. Add the powder to the crust and/or the cream cheese mixture for an extra layer of fruit flavour. Decorate with slices of freeze-dried kiwis, strawberries or orange

SEVERAL MORE IN THIS SERIES. Basket of homemade blueberry muffins.  Very shallow DOF.

SEVERAL MORE IN THIS SERIES. Basket of homemade blueberry muffins. Very shallow DOF.s.

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Try some snack recipes with freeze-dried fruit

Add some sweet, fruity pieces to crunchy cereal bars. Lightly toast oats and nuts (200g of each) for 5 minutes at 175°C in the oven, then add 70g of unsweetened coconut for the last 5 minutes. In a pan, heat 110ml of honey with 3 tbsp of brown sugar, 2 tbsp of butter, 1.5 tsp of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Turn oven down to 150°C. Combine oats and nuts with the honey mixture and add 30g of Rice Krispies and your freeze-dried fruit of choice. Bake on a foil lined tray for 20 minutes and allow to cool completely before cutting. A quick and easy way snack idea is homemade ice lollies. They’re great fun to make with kids. Simply add the fruit of your choice to lemonade or juice in ice lolly moulds. The fruit will absorb some of the liquid, so be sure to top them up again after a few minutes. Then just freeze and enjoy! You can also make smoothies with freeze-dried fruit. Add a little extra liquid than normal and it’ll blend into the perfect consistency. Experiment with different fruit combinations; try banana, strawberry and blueberry or lingonberry, mango and plum. The options are endless!

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