Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
Adapted from The New York Times cookbook. Posted for ZWT.
- 3 papayas, firm but ripe (the sweeter Hawaiian variety is probably best here)
- 1 vanilla bean, cut into 6 pieces
- 6 teaspoons butter
- 12 teaspoons brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
- Peel the papayas, split them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
- Arrange the prepared papayas, cut side up, in a large baking dish filled with approximately 1/2 inch of water.
- Place one piece of vanilla bean, 1 tsp butter and 2 teaspoons brown sugar in the center of each papaya half.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until tender.
I am not familiar with preparing papaya's. I did this one, and added a dash of rum, and served it with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Mine was from brazil so I can't wait til I can find some that are from Hawaii! These were satisfactory considering my inexperience with papaya's. I don't think i'll put as much water in the pan next time tho. thanks for the recipe. can't wait to try it again.
A delightful way to eat that reasonable fruit (at least in our area) that I certainly hadn't thought about. Roasting "pumps up" the rather bland flavor of this fruit. Bumped it up a bit by adding sliced strawberries, a little rum, and lemon slices (and the vanilla bean of course.) My wife said this would be a wonderful dessert served with vanilla ice cream. I served it with pork chops, rice, and a green salad. What a great meal. It is to make again for sure. Jim in So Calif
Very tasty. I have only had papaya while on vacation in Mexico and Hawaii, so it was a real treat having such a wonderful, tropical fruit at home. I could really taste the little vanilla beans, and I think it's the vanilla that really rounds out the overall flavor of this great dish. Made for ZWT5.